New Year's Eve. No other holiday comes with such great expectations -- and no other holiday deflates those great expectations so thoroughly. A river of disillusionment -- and body fluids -- ran through the submissions for our second "My Worst New Year's Eve" essay contest. Readers recounted tales of horrible dates, horrible mates and mountains of dishes. The winner and finalists in that contest share their sad stories below. Join us in toasting to a better New Year's Eve 2005 -- for them and for us.