Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year from Around The World

As snow steadily comes down outside, I feel so happy that I took today off.

Right now I am alone. Son sleeping, spouse at work.  It's daylight, here on the last day of the first decade of the 21st century.  I should grab myself a cup of hot chocolate and a pair of fuzzy slippers.

On CNN I saw a glimpse of the Auckland fireworks at 10am our time, then the Hong Kong fireworks at 11.  So in a way I am recreating what I did with my then 9 year old son and his friend 10 years ago, when we watched the start of a new century from around the world.  Now, with You Tube, I've already watched a few minutes of the Sydney fireworks.

We have come a very long way from a short, fuzzy broadcast so many years ago of London. live on the Today show, brought to us by Telstar. (this may not be fully correct, I am going by memory here.).  Our world is bound together in a way we never dreamed would happen in our childhood.

For good or bad, this is part of what ruled our past decade.  September 11, 2001 defined our decade in many ways, and I fear what happened Christmas day on that Northwest flight will only be the beginning of a new round that may define our next decade.

I hope I am wrong.

Don't know if I will write again this year.  If not, Happy New Year.

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