I'm an idiot. I missed New Years. After a nice relaxing day at a Korean spa, I was sitting at the bar waiting on my takeout. I look at the TV and I see people celebrating. I look at my phone, and think "this must be recorded from last year, it's only 11". Um, no. Totally forgot I was in a different time zone. Duh. Good job.
Someone said "but you can still celebrate in Central Time". I felt so bad for them. They'd spend their whole living in a time zone where you watch random people at the intercontinental downtown Chicago rather than the real new years with the ball dropping in Times Square. Poor things.