Saturday, December 31, 2011

Deschanel, Gordon-Levitt, And Close Shaves

As today is the last day of A.D. 2011, this video couldn't be any more apropos:

For those who have been living under a rock, that's the duo of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt of (500) Days of Summer fame performing "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"

Now what I can tell you is what I won't be doing New Year's Eve: handling fireworks or firecrackers. I've had a couple of close calls, and those have sufficiently scared me off from just about everything—even those giant sparklers they tell you are safe to hold in your hand while they, well, sparkle.

Once when I was still in elementary I tried the "macho" move of lighting a "five star" in my hand then tossing the firecracker away. That isn't too wise, especially if you have fingers sticky with sweat like I did that time. I was barely able to get rid of that firecracker before it exploded in mid-air. Then years later I also had a "fountain" blow up inches from my face immediately after I lit it.

So yeah, have a safe New Year's Eve celebration, everyone. Have a happy New Year too!

[Hat tip to O. Reyes on Twitter.]

[1 January 2012 Edit]

I spoke too soon—last night I was put on kwitis duty. I was laughing the whole time because after I lit their fuses I ran away from the kwitis as fast as I can.

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