Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Eve Drops

I found this article amusing and thought I would share it here. Most of us are familiar with the big ball that drops on New Year's Eve, signaling the end of one year and the beginning of another. Much to my surprise (and delight), I learned tonight that many odd things also get dropped by cities. My person favorite is the city that drops an opossum (?!).

Click HERE to read the article.

There, now you have something interesting to share before you toast the new year tonight! ;0)

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"