Most American will be partying while waiting for the new year to arrive. Some will party at home and others somewhere else. We all need to hope that 2010 will be better for those that got caught on the short end of the stick during this past year when jobs and homes were lost.
CAUTION: If you drink alcohol and plan to attend a New Year's party away from home, it is absolutely necessary to bring a non drinker (designated driver) with you to operate your vehicle on your way home. Another option is to make reservation for a motel room close enough for walking from your party to the motel room. The year of 2010 would not be a good year for you if you were arrested for driving under the influence. If the first two above suggestions are denied by you, leave your vehicle parked at the party site and get a taxi to take you home. Drunk driver's kill people and sometimes it is the drunk behind the wheel that is killed. I have driven a lot in my 84 years of life and I have practiced what I preach. I have never been stopped by an law enforcement officer and I have never been in an accident. My first automobile was a Ford Model T.
We all hope and pray that our government leaders will find a way to expedite the exit of the two ongoing wars. We must remember that a quarter of a million American troops are risking their lives each day and night fighting in the wars where there will be no winners. We need to depart those hellhole countries and let the citizens of the war countries fight their own civil war.
Reflecting on the brighter side of life. Let us return to a planned celebration of the New Year and remember how it first started about 106 years ago in the Big Apple.
The beginning of New Year's Eve celebration in New York City in 1904. It was a city on the verge of tremendous changes - and, not surprisingly, many of those changes had their genesis in the bustling energy and thronged streets of Times Square. Two innovations that would completely transform the Crossroads of the World debuted in 1904: the opening of the city's first subway line, and the first-ever celebration of New Year's Eve in Times Square.