Archive for Sunday, January 1, 2006

Happy New Year! Lawrence marks fresh start

January 1, 2006

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Across Lawrence Saturday night, partygoers made merry with friends as they anticipated 2006's arrival.

Three hours before midnight Kansas University seniors Jessicah White and Jade Tittle showed off their festive moods in the form of hats that spelled out "Happy New Year."

They sat inside the Eldridge Hotel's bar in their black party dresses and watched the clock while they planned their next move around downtown Lawrence.

"We like to celebrate any holiday to the max, but you always have to do it with New Year's," Tittle said.

"There's really no reason for it. We just do it," said White, of their enthusiasm for holidays.

The two said they hoped to be somewhere at midnight to partake in a New Year's toast.

Also downtown, Matt Williams, of Lawrence, celebrated with his wife at his place of employment, The Sandbar.

While Williams didn't go all out in his dress for the 1980s retro party, he said he planned to bounce around to a few other parties and places throughout the night.


Clad in 1980s punk attire, Lawrence residents Justin and Michelle Kogl dance to retro music as other patrons of The Sandbar, 17 E. Eighth St., dance on the bar during New Year's Eve revelry Saturday night in Lawrence. The bar was the host of a retro theme for the evening, inviting tight-rolled jeans, leg warmers and loads of hair mousse.

Clad in 1980s punk attire, Lawrence residents Justin and Michelle Kogl dance to retro music as other patrons of The Sandbar, 17 E. Eighth St., dance on the bar during New Year's Eve revelry Saturday night in Lawrence. The bar was the host of a retro theme for the evening, inviting tight-rolled jeans, leg warmers and loads of hair mousse.

But Williams said he didn't single out New Year's Eve as a special event. He treats it as a regular night, but other enthusiasts tend to come out and make it more crowded everywhere, he said.

Williams also shrugged off the notion of making any New Year's resolutions.

"I know I'll never live up to them," he said.

The Sandbar was also a stop for Sarah Johnson, of Lawrence, and her friends. She was unsure whether they would take part in the midnight festivities there or somewhere else.

"This is usually the last place we go, so the fact that we're here at 8 (p.m.) might say something," Johnson said.

Lawrence dispatchers said at 10 p.m. that the calls coming in appeared to not be out of the ordinary for a Saturday night, even though it was New Year's Eve.

Earlier in the night in west Lawrence, Trisha Brice and her boyfriend, Andrew Mattson, both of Lawrence, played a game of darts at Astro's Billiards and Bar.

While the two said they planned to spend the night at several places, they declined to consider the evening such a special event.

"It's just another day really," Mattson said. "But it's always great to be out with your friends."

Brice said she had thought about a resolution for 2006.

"I'm working on quitting smoking," she said.

Also at Astro's, Mark Tunstall, of Lawrence, said he resolved to quit smoking "cold turkey."

Tunstall played pool with friends as he pondered what the new year would bring.

"It's nice to get a change and to start over again," he said.

Patrick Bliven, of Lawrence, shot a game of pool with Tunstall, and Bliven said he viewed New Year's Eve celebration as a big deal.

"I just wanted to get in one last pool game before the year's over," he said.

But Bliven hoped to resist change in 2006 as much as possible.

"I had the best year of my life. I'll try to keep on doing what I'm doing," he said.

Comments

coach 9 years, 3 months ago

Just what people outside Lawrence needs to see on our newspaper. People dressed in punk attire. People outside lawrence already think this town is full of that crowd, yet there is so much more than people with spiked and colored hair. Ho humm.

grubesteak 9 years, 3 months ago

Coach, there's no need to be such a stick in the mud. It's a new year! Be happy! New is good, right?

yourworstnightmare 9 years, 3 months ago

Spiky hair and tattoos do not a punk make.

These two are obviously fashion punks.

Nikki May 9 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, punks suck. Damn. And, read the story, they were DRESSED UP for a retro party! While they may be punk, they may not. Who knows? They DRESSED UP.

mushfish 9 years, 3 months ago

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dlhj 9 years, 3 months ago

Just so you all know...although these two friends of mine may be punks...they are not "punks" as evidenced by their attire. They were merely dressed up for a fun retro party. If someone is so narrow minded as to think that picture represents Lawrence...do we really care what they think???

pattooooo...what did you post that was removed?? I know it was you! email me!

brother_pants 9 years, 3 months ago

Luckily the retro party was for only one night, I couldn't afford all the hair products it takes to be a good punker. Also I couldn't find any good leg warmers....

Nikki May 9 years, 3 months ago

Dude, jello is cheap. Best hair product around.

Alison Roberts 9 years, 3 months ago

people dont think lawrence is full of punks.. they think its full of hippies and gays.

and its annoying to me that people think that. Especially bc most of them are from manhattan or rural ks. "where there are no people like that" BLAH!

ohhh Kansas.. what a great state.

dlhj 9 years, 3 months ago

Brother Pants I thought you made a great punker. Too bad we couldn't see more of your wife's great hair in the picture. How'd you guys sleep last night with those spikes?

mushfish 9 years, 3 months ago

Why was my post removed, these are friends of mine and it was all in fun. Can you put it back .

Ragingbear 9 years, 3 months ago

Hey, lady standing on the bar in the middle. The early 80's called, they want their leg warmers back.

dlhj 9 years, 3 months ago

Haha...that's me in the middle with the godawful hideous legwarmers. I'll gladly give them back. But it was fun to relive the 80's for one night.

Aiko 9 years, 3 months ago

That guy looks like the guy who works at Fast Frames and at Curves!

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