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Happy 2001 - Morning, I rummage through kitchen cabinets for a small dish for my toast, the others all unwashed in the washer. I come upon a short stack of small paper party plates. What the heck, I take one. I see the balloons and streamers pattern and then “Happy 2001!” What? The plate’s a leftover from our New Years Eve party on the last night of 2000, a year past the millennium celebration, when we thought the computers were all going to sputter and die, and Western Civilization if not the world would stop like a dead clock.Then there was the stunning irony of “Happy 2001,” the blind hope in the future we humans had/have for what turned out to be an ongoing desolation. Yet the New Year’s party ushering in 2001 was happy. Family and friends gathered in the apartment, eating, drinking, talking, dancing, blowing horns, the TV flashing Times Square’s happy faces, smooching couples, cheering New Yorkers, hearty out-of-towners, cheery announcers, shots of happy cops (waving no less), a few sailors, soldiers, the melting pot bubbling into the future like our living room. And there it all was, the past, the pre-9/11 world. “Happy 2001”!
From Nony


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