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Drop a Ball, D.C. Or a Fish. Or a Piece of Cheese. Or Something.

timessquareballWhy doesn't D.C. drop a ball?

Not to be like New York or anything (though have you heard that this year's Times Square ball is "covered in 2,668 Waterford Crystals and powered by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDS, making it capable of creating a palette of more than 16 million vibrant colors and billions of patterns producing a spectacular kaleidoscope effect"?).

But surely the powers-that-be here could come up with something to drop from the sky to ring in the new year. It doesn't have to be a ball: A giant LOVE stamp used to descend from the Old Post Office tower.

reelinthenewyear Atlanta drops a peach. Tallapoosa, Ga., drops a possum. Port Clinton, Ohio, drops a walleye fish ("Reel in the New Year"). Raleigh, N.C., drops an acorn. Lebanon, Pa., drops bologna.

In Plymouth, Wisc., "where cheese is famous," an 80-pound decorated cheese wedge will descend from a 100-foot ladder truck. Mobile, Ala., will not lower a 600-pound lighted MoonPie (the "world's largest"), but rather raise it.

Fredericksburg, Va., used to drop a pear, but this year they've switched to a pineapple!

Come on, D.C. Drop something.

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  • Ward One Resident

    It's DC...the only thing remotely appropriate to drop would be a rat...

  • Comrade Al Gonzales

    Two votes for dropping a rat. Maybe the big inflatable rat the corrupt unions use as a gimmick alongside the picketers, who are just homeless & other people the unions pay to picket.

    Drop a rat, DC. Drop a rat.

  • DC Denizen

    Drop a half-smoke from Ben's.

  • Rick Mangus

    Drop a large crack rock in honor of Marion Barry.

  • not impressed

    The Marion Barry jokes are getting so old in this city.

  • Comrade Al Gonzales

    Auld Lang Syne - Burns’s Original Scots Verse

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    And never brought to mind ?
    Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
    And days o' lang syne ?
    CHORUS:
    For auld lang syne, my jo,
    For auld lang syne,
    We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
    For auld lang syne.
    And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp !
    And surely I’ll be mine !
    And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
    For auld lang syne.
    CHORUS
    We twa hae run about the braes,
    And pu’d the gowans fine ;
    But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot,
    Sin auld lang syne.
    CHORUS
    We twa hae paidl’d i' the burn,
    Frae morning sun till dine ;
    But seas between us braid hae roar’d
    Sin auld lang syne.
    CHORUS
    And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
    And gie's a hand o’ thine !
    And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
    For auld lang syne.
    CHORUS

    /////////

    Scots pronunciation guide (as Scots speakers would sound)
    Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,
    an nivir brocht ti mynd?
    Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,
    an ald lang syn?
    CHORUS:
    Fir ald lang syn, ma deer,
    fir ald lang syn,
    Wil tak a cup o kyndnes yet,
    fir ald lang syn.
    An sheerly yil bee yur pynt-staup!
    an sheerly al bee myn!
    An will tak a cup o kyndnes yet,
    fir ald lang syn.
    CHORUS
    We twa hay rin aboot the braes,
    an pood the gowans fyn;
    Bit weev wandert monae a weery fet,
    sin ald lang syn.
    CHORUS
    We twa hay pedilt in the burn,
    fray mornin sun til dyn;
    But seas between us bred hay roard
    sin ald lang syn.
    CHORUS
    An thers a han, my trustee feer!
    an gees a han o thyn!
    And we’ll tak a right gude-willie-waught,
    fir ald lang syn.
    CHORUS

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  • http://www.nessas-gift.com Shon Lanson

    Well put.

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