At 11:58, the phone rang.
Chris (from bar, where he is working): Hi honey!
(background cacophony prevents him from hearing my answer)
Chris: Two minutes to go! Oh, someone's beer just flew by. Or maybe a pint of fine red wine. HI HONEY!
(still unable to hear my response)
Chris: Can you hear the band? I don't know what they think they're playing. HI HONEY! That's quite a song. Can you hear it?
( background cacophony swells)
Chris: HI HONEY! (to someone else) can you see it? Doesn't matter, just start counting.
Someone: 1, 2, 3
Chris: no, backwards..... HI HONEY!
People in bar: 11, 9, 15...
Other people at bar: 7,6,5....
Some other people: what?!? 10, 9, 8....
(general outburst suggesting midnight)
Chris: Happy New Year!!! HI HONEY!