I experienced my first west coast NYE (as a resident) outdoors because well, I can! Together As One was a good time. I danced my night away, did the New Year's count down with some of my favorite people in this entire world, and managed to not lose anything! I couldn't ask for more.
A good dose of Luck:
We managed to get into the venue relatively fast because we found a shortcut behind the porter potties (yeah, I know). People were definitely stuck outside for a loooong time, and some didn't even get in at all (with VIP tickets nonetheless).
So crowded EVERYWHERE we turned, but since NYE is one of the hottest nights to party, there was no way that we could've escaped that (acceptance is the key).
Some not-so-funny Humor:
This was the highlight of my night actually. My bf put down his jacket next to him, and a second later, it was gone. We looked around for it, but no luck. He wasn't too upset about the jacket, and forgot about the whole thing pretty quickly. Then, miraculously, a guy walked up to him asking for a light. I turned around looked at his jacket inquisitively, then reached into the front pocket, and found my belongings! I yelled, hey, that's his jacket! The guy looked around, said "my bad", and then ran away. I am sorry dude, you can wear the jacket, but it doesn't want to wear you, so... back off.
If NYE 2011 is an indication of 2011, then I am very much looking forward to it. =)