Jan. 1st, 2009

Happy 2009!

Jan. 1st, 2009 04:00 am
lance_sibley: (Queen)
I mentioned in my last post that I was skipping a NYE party I'd been invited to because I wanted to spend the evening online with Eric. However, just as we were starting our conversation this evening, he got a phone call inviting him to go to a friend's place, so I decided that I would go to the party after all.

It was a small gathering - only about eight or nine people were there - but I still enjoyed myself. And Eric called me around 11:55 (good thing I'd taken my cellphone out of my coat pocket :) ), and we counted down the last ten seconds of 2008 together, and then he and his friends performed "Auld Lang Syne". (I've never learned the lyrics, so I didn't join in. If I had, it would have gone something like "Should old acquaintance be forgot, and da da da da da... Da da da da da da da da da da da auld lang syne." ;) )

Though technically I suppose it should have been the last eleven seconds, as there was a "leap second" inserted after 12/31/08 23:59:59 to match the atomic clock kept outside Paris to the Earth's actual rotation. ( Here's a news story about it.)

I got in a little under an hour ago. The TTC was running extended service tonight - unfortunately, it seemed from the posted schedule that there's no 24-hour bus service on Royal York Road, so I took the streetcar along Lakeshore and Queen until I got to Yonge Street. The subway was still running, though (usually it stops just before 2), so I got home in short order from Yonge and Queen.

There was an unfortunate incident, though - a couple of drunken 20-something-year-olds got into a fistfight just in front of me. I was sitting in the back row of seats, trying to read (I'm still working my way through The Heart Of Valor by [livejournal.com profile] andpuff), so I didn't see how it started, but it looked like this was what happened:


  1. Boy A spat on boy B. Whether deliberately or not, I don't know.

  2. Boy B assumed that girl C was with boy A, and decided to confiscate a can of beer out of her purse as compensation for being spat upon.

  3. Girl C complained that she had nothing to do with boy A and started screaming at boy B and tried, unsuccessfully at first, to grab the beer back.

  4. Boy D, who was with girl C, made occasional comments at boy B, but otherwise didn't do much of anything.

  5. Boy B then decided to jump on boy A and spit in his face in retaliation.

  6. Boy E, who was with boy A, then jumped on boy B and started pounding away at his face.

  7. (At this point, girl F, who was with boy B, sat down next to me, looked at me, stuck out her hand to shake hands and said, "Happy New Year. I'm sorry about this.")

  8. Boy D grabbed girl C and they both got off the streetcar.

  9. They were pursued by boy A and his friends.

  10. Boy B stayed on the streetcar all the way to Yonge (at least).



Throughout all this, the driver didn't stop the streetcar or anything. I don't know if he just didn't want to get involved, or if he actually couldn't tell that something was going on (it was a double-length articulated streetcar, and it was quite crowded - people were standing from the front all the way to the back and he kept making announcements asking people to move back).

Oy gevalt.

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