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Happy New Year! — Why Now?
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

С Новым годом
Prosit Neujahr
Feliz Año Nuevo
Bonne Année
Felice Anno Nuovo
Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo
Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

May you be safe from the idiots who think gravity is just a theory and fire off guns, failing to understand that what goes up will come down.

Given the prevalence of accurate timekeeping devices, it is amazing that the explosions that are supposed to signal the new year extend for a four hour period beginning before and extending well after the actual event. Anyone who thinks alcohol and gunpowder is a recipe for a long life should be avoided by insurance agents.

While some of the scum has been skimmed off our political swamp, the opportunity for real improvements in government remains murky. The fact that political reporting has moved to the sports page now that sports is covered by the police and entertainment reporters, makes for a total lack of clarity. I’m tired of the horse racing, baseball, and football metaphors, it’s time to invoke curling. sumo, and caber tossing

We can, as always, hope that those with power will finally start using it to improve the opportunities for those actually qualified to vote in elections, rather than those able to pay for campaigns.

The new year brings new opportunities, so here’s hoping that the good wins out and the world is made a little better.

Hmm…it just occurred to me that the United States, specifically on the western Aleutian Islands of Alaska, is the last country on the planet to make it into a new year.


1 hipparchia { 01.01.08 at 12:10 am }

only four hours? that’s not nearly enough fireworks, but happy new year to ya anyways!

2 Bryan { 01.01.08 at 12:18 am }

That was last year. This year I noticed the first assault at 7PM and it’s still going on.

3 Steve Bates { 01.01.08 at 12:48 am }

If any part of the U.S. makes it into 2008, I am grateful. Happy New Year, Bryan. Stay out of harm’s way tonight. And may 2008 be a vastly better year for all of us!

4 fallenmonk { 01.01.08 at 9:39 am }

Happy New Year Bryan. Hope the coming year brings good things.

5 Michael { 01.01.08 at 2:23 pm }

I think we’re also the first to start the new year (Guam or American Samoa).

Merry New Year to you, too, Bryan.

6 ellroon { 01.01.08 at 7:21 pm }

Maybe we should make it a rule that if you are going to fire your weapon into the air, you must fire directly straight up above your head… thereby taking care of the gene pool by having the pond scum clean itself! (I know, I know… wind drift, angle, trajectory… it’s not that easy.)

But anyway, Happy New Year, Bryan!

Off to buy a titanium helmet…

7 Bryan { 01.01.08 at 7:55 pm }

I thank you all for your kind thoughts.

Michael, American Samoa is in the same time zone as Shemya in the Aleutians, and, While Guam is on the other side of the Dateline, it is two zones in. French Polynesia and the Chuchi Peninsula of Russia are the first places to change the years.

Ellroon, they do the same thing in San Diego and, I seem to remember, Philadelphia, so it isn’t just the South, but people are injured by this insanity every year, and there are deaths. The morons will always be with us.