I was thinking about a classic episode of M*A*S*H (Season 9: A War for All Seasons). The episode opens with the ringing in of the New Year as Col. Potter says, "Here's to the New Year. May she be a damn sight better than the old one, and may we may we all be home before she's over".
I look forward to the New Year and I can't understand why some people want to be asleep in bed before the ball drops in Time Square. I guess some people feel that celebrating is like giving their seal of approval to the events of this past year. 2005 was filled with natural disaster, a real war, a war on pornography, and we ended with a war on Christmas (Even I on my Blog waged war with groups like Parents Television Council). Sure, I welcome the New Year, but I'm also reflective of the events of the past year especially those we lost. The sad news is that things won’t be the same again. The good news is that we can see to it that things won’t be the same again.
I encourage all of you to stay up, toast 2006, watch the ball drop and reflect on all the balls that were dropped this past year.
Tony & Donna Figueroa