Karen (aswanargent) wrote,

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Going, going....

Just a few minutes now, and the U.S. West Coast will step from '09 to '10. For those of you old enough to remember, ten years ago we were nervously watching the clock tick towards midnight, wondering if civilization as we knew it was going to come to an end when '99 turned to '00 and everything computer-driven lost its mind. (Light signals at intersections weren't going to work; ATMs would stop spitting out neat stacks of currency; elevators would come to a halt between floors, never to move again. And the banking world (of which I was and still am a part) foresaw mass chaos even beyond the ATMs, as loan payment dates suddenly went into limbo.) Well, we survived all that, and in light of the other things the decade of the "aughts" (or, as some people say, the "naughties") brought us, Y2K seems rather quaint; our own version of the Year 1000 fears.

My computer clock tells me it's 12:05 a.m., so Happy New Year to anyone who's still awake to read this when I post. I have champagne in the fridge, and may go have a glass or two to wile away the next few hours. No bed for me tonight, I'm afraid. I'm going to the Rose Parade in the morning, and am being picked up here at 4:30 a.m.; a three-hour nap hardly seems worthwhile. Better to pop in a DVD and look at a movie ... maybe one of the two Netflix films that have been sitting on my desk for the past month, waiting to be watched....

Before any of that, though, I want to just take a minute to say THANK YOU to all the people who remembered me this holiday season with cards and charity donations (APLA!) and pressies that you can hold in your hand (and in some instances eat), and sparkly virtual gifts to brighten up my profile page. So, in no particular order, thanks to Andi and Anne, Jean and Jen and Julia, Tavi and Fou (I love the Twilights!), Maddie and Cynthia, Robin and Rose. And to everyone on my flist, it's a privilege to count you among my friends. I hope the new year brings each of you health and happiness.

I couldn't find a New Year's icon I liked, but I thought this golden sun from a manuscript of Dante's might fill the bill. It's courtesy of semyaza.

Now, champagne. :-)

ETA (4:30 a.m.): Champagne is still in the fridge, unopened. I decided that a three-hour nap was worthwhile after all, lol!

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