New Year’s Eve 2007 kicked off at the Maas house with a bang. Sortof. If one were to describe that bang as the teetering of a purple stem glass full of red wine knocking over as I tried to cram a shrimp plate amongst an already too-full spread of cheese, crackers, chocolate, tea, water, wine, dip and chips on our coffee table, the loud exclamation of “SHIT!!” and a resulting spray of brilliant crimson liquid that splattered our taupe-colored carpet in a stunning 2-foot mosaic of alcohol and glass.
To say I was slightly cranky for the next two hours, as we played “Pathfinder” On-Demand while waiting for the New Year shows to come on and I sat on my hands and knees spraying and dabbing 5 pounds of Resolve into our carpet, would be an understatement.
It’s amazing what an understanding husband, a plate of shrimp, lots of chocolate, the remainder of the wine and a bottle of really, really good champagne will cure. By the time we watched the ball go down in New York on replay, I was mostly over things. Ready to ring in the New Year, Trav and I filled our glasses and snuggled down to watch the Space Needle fireworks from the comfort of our own fire-lit home:
Having learned a lot about fireworks for two city events last year, I understand that shit can happen, and usually does. They tried to make it work, the show sucked, and people were unhappy. But as anyone who’s planned an event knows – you get unhappy (and often rude) people even when things go right.
What DOES bother me is that either the event planner or the fireworks folks (or both) totally disregarded the REASON for the event, using it instead as one huge commercial to promote and pander to their next, much more glamorous and more ‘important’ show: the 80th Academy Awards.
I mean, seriously. Jaws? Star Wars? ET? Come on. Is this a celebration of AMC’s 100 Greatest Blockbusters, or Seattle’s New Year? Pick one. It should be the one you’re being paid for.
Leading up to the show, local newscasters would not shut up about Pyro Spectaculars being selected for the Oscars. Which makes me wonder yet again whether there’s much of a line between journalism and paid advertising anymore. But I think that firm just got a huge dose of poetic justice. Which is ALWAYS great to see.
On a more entertaining note than the show itself, our New Year’s glitch made for fun fodder on the Fake Steve Jobs blog. Way to go!
King 5 News (Article & Video): Computer glitch stops New Year’s Eve fireworks at Space Needle
Seattle PI: Computer glitch put hitch in fireworks