As the year winds to a close, millions of people are preparing to go all out in celebrating another chapter of their life. Family and friends will gather in excitement and optimism that the next year will be better than the last. Party favors are being purchased, reservations are being made, and people are shopping for that “just right” outfit so they’ll look perfect when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve.
Things never go according to plan. For as many “nights to remember” party-goers experience, you have “nights that you want to forget”. Before you go making your New Year’s resolutions, be sure to read up on this list and avoid these New Year’s annoyances.
Improper Metro Etiquette
No matter where you’re at, be sure to know the schedule for public transportation. If you’ve ever been on the DC Metro on New Year’s, you can verify that it’s an experience like none other. The NYE rider is usually less experience with the working of DC’s fine mode of travel and is filled with questions. This is made worse after a few glasses of champagne. And enough noisemakers to drive anyone crazy.
If you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro, remember to make sure there is enough money on your card for the night. It saves you time and keeps things moving. You don’t want to be “that person” who’s holding everyone up at the turnstile. Speaking of which, have your card out and ready to swipe as you go through the turnstile. Standing there with your purse open or going through your pockets will damper the experience every time. Also, when you’re on the escalators, STAND TO THE RIGHT! Those who want to walk will do so on the left side. When you’re waiting for the train doors to open, let people get off first by standing to the side.
Also, use the bathroom before you get to the Metro.
For your use, Metro’s schedule for New Year’s Eve (December 31st)
Regular weekday service on Metrobus and Metrorail.
Standard fare policies and parking rates in effect.
Special late-night service: Metrorail will remain open two hours later than normal, until 2 a.m. Last train times vary by station; add two hours to weekday last train times. To check last train times for any station, visit wmata.com/stations.
New Year’s Day (January 1st)
Holiday service: Metrorail and Metrobus will operate on Sunday schedule.
Off-peak fares in effect all day; parking free at all Metro-operated facilities.
Metrorail system open 7 a.m. until midnight.
Too Drunk, Too Quick
NYE is one big party. Pace yourself. Don’t go to your event and start downing drinks off the bat. Keep your pre-game under control so you don’t end up passed out in the corner at 11:30. Or worse, throwing up right before the kiss at midnight. You may have read about Jim Koch’s tip to help you get less drunk while still drinking the same amount you usually do. The secret? Dry active yeast. What he does is mix and eat the dry yeast with yogurt before a night of heavy drinking. Koch recommends ingesting one teaspoon per beer. Does it work? Experts are skeptical and feedback has been split. Your best bet is to stay hydrated with water throughout the night and be smart in how much you consume.
Drinking and Driving
This one is pretty standard yet every single year way too many people make this mistake and it costs money and lives. Don’t do it. There are so many options out there. Friends, Uber, cab, bus, Metro. Sober Ride ((800) 200-TAXI (8294)) is a free taxi ride program provided by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) to provide a safe way home for impaired drivers, during high risk times of the year. The SoberRide program operates during the December – January holiday season, St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day and Halloween. Taxi rides are free, up to a $30 fare. Callers are financially responsible for anything over $30. For specific dates available, and more information, see www.soberride.com
Take your power nap because no one wants to be the one who fell asleep while everyone else is partying and having fun. If you get made fun of or get something drawn on you, that’s your fault.
Waiting Till the Last Minute for Reservations
Make them NOW! Nightclubs sell out of tables on New Year’s faster than any other time. Restaurants usually stop seating around 8 PM before they start setting up for their events. You have enough to stress about on NYE without having to worry about plans. Plan ahead and party carefree!
Most important, have fun and be safe!