This is the first comet I've ever seen (well, there was Haley's back in '86 but that was barely visible) so I stood out the front for a good hour (I think) ringing family and friends getting them out to look at it before it set. Saw a rather spectacular 'shooting star' while I was out there too. I could see it burning. *boggles* Of course it was over in a flash, but it must have been awfully close for me to be able to see it red and burning!
The comet's tail was faaaaaaaaabulous!