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The Shoe Drops on 2009

December 31, 2009 - Joselyn King
I've never quite understood the fascination with standing with millions of people in Times Square just to watch some lighted ball drop at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.

I mean it's a big ball with lights on it. It doesn't do anything, and it doesn't mean anything.

Now the town of Hallam, Pa. has a better idea that more appeals to me.

When midnight strikes there on New Year's Eve, the shoe is going to drop -- literally -- when an eight-foot, 125-lb. boot hits the ground as part of celebrations there. (It seems the town has a history in the shoe-making business.)

Still, I think they should take the idea one step further and have the boot squish something from 2009. But what should it be? Stacks of foreclosed mortgages? Bonus checks paid to Wall Street executives? Unpaid energy bills?

Nah. . no fluids ooze out of any of that paper stuff. How about a car that didn't qualify for "Cash for Clunkers?"

Better still, how about inserting you're own personal irritant under the sole?

Actually, I would rather spend New Year in that high-heel bathtub pictured above than at a public event.

One exception to this is if somewhere a beautiful, giant designer handbag were to be dropped -- or overturned over an exuberant crowd. And inside were $100 bills that rained down like confetti.


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