Monday, December 31, 2007

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot, At Least Remember to Take Down Your Christmas Decorations Before Easter

Back in early December 2004, temperatures had climbed to an unseasonably warm 60 degrees in New York City. I can recall almost every neighbor of mine out on their front lawns, gaily hanging decorations in shorts, swimwear and white clothing. Even people who don't usually celebrate Christmas religiously, spiritually, commercially or otherwise, took advantage of the nice weather and 'decked the halls' as they say. 

Six weeks later - concurrent with the time annually when both feline and human alike refuse to go near that brown, brittle, glittery mass in the living room - temperatures had dipped to the 10 degree range. 

People began to take a 'wait and see' attitude regarding the removal of all outdoor decor: If it was sixty degrees when I put all this stuff up, surely there will come another 60 degree day when I can take it all down. For some that day would arrive in May of 2005. For others, whose decorations have been up for the last three years, that 'sixty degree day' will come either when hell freezes over or when they're 'damn good and ready!'

Fortunately, I have since devised a catch-all, 'get-out-of-jail-free' excuse for people who will inevitably find themselves in this situation at some point in the new year:

If your decorations are still up in June, you're late taking them down. Should they still be up in July, you've got a leg up on everybody else.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

I Resolve To Be A Better Blogger in 2008

I was just looking back at my first official year of blogging ("official" because there was another, forgettable Richard Buran blog that stood in this very spot a year earlier). I must say that I am quite disappointed with the results. Go ahead, I'll pause while you glance to your right to examine the blog archive list. Given the amount of interests I've listed under my profile, you would think I'd have more to talk about.

It's not that I don't have more to discuss, it's just that I have this overwhelming desire to deliver quality. My process often begins with me saying to myself, "self, this [whatever the subject happens to be at that moment] would be a perfect topic for the blog." To which I usually reply, "Excellent. I just need to take some photos and spend nine hours laboring over my writing." I've come to realize something: I'm no longer in high school or college and much to the chagrin of English teachers everywhere, I think I can finally drop the MLA format. Now hold on folks: before you grab the torches and pitchforks, I'm not saying that I plan to discontinue citing my sources - I just resolve to be a little more conversational in my writing. I mean, come on, it's not like any of this is being published in a science journal. 

Another thing I resolve to do in 2008 is create a list of links to other blogs. Perhaps my lacking this one blog-y aspect explains why the only comments I've received this year were from a friend (Thanks, Dom!), a guy from the UK who clicked "next blog" and a guy whose google alert did it's job. Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking to become a destination on the web - it seems the only way you accomplish that is by photographing celebrities at drive-thrus, trafficking in conspiracy theories or hosting a hardcore porn site. I guess what I'm saying is I'd just like a little more feedback.

So there you have it, my blog resolutions for 2008. Happy New Year!

Photo Caption: Auld acquaintances being forgotten as the shoppers rush by with their treasures: Waterford Crystal's (actual!) Times Square Ball on display at Macy's Herald Square, Monday, November 19, 2007. This New Year's Eve marks the centennial drop of the famous ball.