I miss First Night. I didn't go every year, and probably missed more than I attended but I have fond memories of the ones that I did go to.
I can remember ice sculptures near Government Center and the "ice rink" set up between it and the post office. I remember a Broadway review at the library and a country singer at Quackers. I remember fireworks cascading down the facade of Government Center and indoor fireworks at the Bank Street Armory. I remember a magician who made the Mayor disappear. I remember a few winters so cold that walking venue to venue was a test of endurance!
A little advice for Mayor Flanagan, Councilor Casey and the rest. I caught a little news piece about another Polar Plunge and they offered some advice. Basically when it's cold sand can hurt, so protect your feet. The guy on the radio suggested wearing old sneakers, although he said flip flops or water shoes would work also. I've been down to "Sandy Beach" and let me tell you there isn't a grain of sand to be found. It should have been called "Rocky Point" but I guess that name was taken. So dig in your closets and find an old beat up pair of sneakers. Apparently some also wear hats to help keep themselves warm, not sure I see that making much of a difference.
King Philip Lunch
I happened to be in the area tonight and saw the lights on. The place looked locked up and empty. Is this a good sign? Is a new owner getting ready to paint and spruce up a bit?
How soon will it be before people start announcing their intentions to run for Mayor in 2011? I will practically guarantee that Cathy Ann Viveiros will make another run and I would be surprised if Brad Kilby didn't throw his hat in the ring.
Back to the plunge..
Speaking of the Polar Plunge, who do you guess will end up wearing the Speedo?
This is the 99th post of the year and if I wrap it up quickly hopefully I can put number 100 out right behind it. I have this odd sense of math where i expect to blog about 4 posts a month but somehow magically reach 100 for the year. What's really upsetting is to realize that Mike Moran does one column a week and gets paid for doing it. That's not a knock against Mr. Moran but damn 52 articles versus 100 posts.. and most of mine are pretty damn wordy...
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