We escaped the snow, but suffered the cold

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 6, 2001

Can you say flashback…..1983?

I remember, all too clearly the cold weather that those brave (or numb) souls were feeling on New Year's Eve in Times Square.

Haven't been back in 18 New Years, but it was close in comparison, temperature-wise this year.

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Surprisingly, there were not too many motorists out on New Year's Eve-I would like to say that most chose to stay in for safety reasons, but I am more inclined to believe it was weather-related.

I do remember, however, when once upon a time I was watching football in the snow storms, in fact, where I was raised-up, it was pretty common for most of the latter half of the season, and certainly during playoffs.

Imagine this if you will.

Seventeen kids (no offense, using that term) ranging in ages from 10 years old to 17, all crammed into one living room, on couches, floor, and chairs, wherever they could fit.

Put into the middle of that my wonderful wife and I, plenty of snacks, soft drinks, and the latest "Hellraisers" movie, and you have a vivid picture of my living room on New Year's Eve.

We certainly had a good time though, and many folks felt secure in knowing where their kids were on that night.

At midnight, the ball dropped in with the new year, and "glow-in-the-dark" confetti that had been placed on the ceiling fan started raining into the room.

We had black-lights on the walls, so it made for a very pretty sight, and an unforgettable experience for those 17 kids.