Every city has its own NYE tradition: the ball drop in New York, million dollar fireworks in Chicago, Pennsylvania's giant Peep drop, a giant peach in Atlanta, the list goes on... Here in Memphis, we drop a giant guitar over the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale street. Cliched and predictable, yes, but generally a pretty neat thing to see.
This year, while attending a friend's party, we poured our champagne at ten to midnight, and turned on the local news for the "official" countdown. Instead of being greeted with the image of a giant, lighted guitar in downtown Memphis, we were treated to the sight of a giant Moon Pie (no, not kidding) in Mobile, AL.
How odd is that? Wasn't the Moon Pie created in Chattanooga anyway?
One way or the other, we had a countdown in the right time zone, and celebrated with liquor and kisses...and a giant, sugary snack falling down the side of a building 6 hours away. Out with 2010, in with 2011, and all the positive vibes that come with the start of a new year.
Good luck to everyone this year. We're all gonna need it.
“For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice.”