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No Plans? No Big Deal for Some People

Although many others will spend New Year's Day recovering from a night of partying, Steve Hoffman will be hitting the slopes. Just as he has in years past, the Stamford man eschewed the champagne and revelry associated with New Year's Eve, preferring to prepare for a run at a local ski resort.

"I'll get up in the morning and I'll go skiing. It's a great time to go," Hoffman, 55, said as he headed home after getting cookies at a Subway in Wilton.

Call him a New Year's Eve Scrooge of sorts. Instead of popping open a bottle of the bubbly or dancing from the old year to the new, Hoffman steers clear of the party scene. Even if his wife might prefer to enjoy an evening out, Hoffman doesn't get too excited by it all. "I don't do anything for New Year's," he said. "My wife is very into it, but I'm not."

Neither is Philip Raffaele, 31, of Norwalk. He considers New Year's Eve more hype than anything else. He worked Friday night managing a bookstore in Wilton and planned to spend the rest of the evening with his girlfriend and his three cats. But he doesn't turn on the television to watch the New Year's celebration in Times Square and the ball dropping. Though some of his partying friends might call him a hermit, New Year's Eve isn't a big deal for him.

"It's the most anti-climactic event of the year," he said, adding that too many people wait until the change of the calendar to make positive changes. "I don't think people should wait to make decisions to change their lives."

Raffaele will be back at work Saturday morning, just like it's any other day.

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