January 7th, 2004

drinking in the dark

possum drop

It's never too early to consider your plans for New Year's Eve 2004. This report from Brasstown, N.C. suggests the Possum Drop as an unconventional alternative to watching the crystal ball drop in Times Square:
On Thursday, at the stroke of midnight, at the exact moment that hundreds of thousands of people holler in the New Year at Times Square, with millions more tipping back champagne flutes and watching it on TV, a few hundred people will huddle at a Citgo station in this little Appalachian town, wearing hunting jackets and hats with dangling ear flaps, to cheer the descent of one confused marsupial.[nyt]

Thanks to whitney who insisted that this article be read.