Thursday, January 01, 2004

The Cultural Hegemony of Eastern Standard Time

You know how they count down to the New Year out here in the Pacific Time Zone? They rerun the New York City Times Square countdown. I swear its true. We don't even get our own celebration. We get a hand-me-down from New York.

This is adding insult to the injury of all that snow-covered Christmas imagery, which definitely does not reflect the reality of late December in Silicon Valley. Some people decorate their yards with plastic snowmen. Some even have plastic snow capping their fences and strewn in artistic faux drifts. Just painful, especially given the blooming roses next door.

But that's OK. Come February, when you're huddled inside your car, inching through a sleet storm, I'll be looking at orchards coming into blossom.

Happy New Year, friends and family. May your year be filled with love, health, joy, and prosperity.

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