There’s no better way than kicking off my new year by checking something huge off my bucket list. As they say “the best things in life are free”. I purposely booked my ticket back to NYC from CA to catch this special event live. I was supposed to head out to Times Square by 3pm..I didn’t end up leaving my apartment until 5pm. I had arrived back in NYC the 30th and was home sick and tired. Long story short, after hours of pacing down avenues and asking a number of police officers what street is open to watch the ball drop, I finally found my spot, 7th avenue and W 51st street. That location is where I stood for seven hours in 38 degree weather. It was a long and cold wait but thanks to this Russian couple that I met, the time flew by rather quickly.