Good riddance, naughts.

3 a.m. and the city is still rolling with the crackle and boom of fireworks and sirens ringing in the distance. Something beautiful about how Europe wildly celebrates New Year’s.

Laughing in the face of fear and history, the Europeans set their fine cities on fire for a night. Burn cars and couches. Throw dynamite at each other. Smash bottles on the street.

Tonight, for one night only, Europe is dangerous and carefree (except for the ever-growing number who complain). But the hundreds of blow off fingers and thousands of damaged eardrums are nothing. Offerings up to the gods of life and death. Of Scientific reality.

Dangerous and care-free to celebrate the end of another dangerous decade. Because the odds are the next one will be the same. Berlin knows this. It understands fallibility, hopes and dreams. The scientific reality of hopes and dreams. The “brotherhood of the worker,” right? “Free markets and freedom,” again.

So they celebrate. Offering up explosions in tribute to the gods of ‘tonight, fuck it.’ Throw a champagne bottle at the wall in the subway. Shoot a bottle-rocket at an oncoming subway. Jump up and down on the bridge till it sways under the weight of a thousand souls. Fuck it.

Humanity destroyed this continent, burned it to the ground, last century. Fallibility is real.

2010, speaking of the devil, was an exercise in fallibility. The whole decade really.

To think the choker of a decade started with Y2K. A fitting turd that followed. Splashing the ass of history on its way into the water.

Anyway, the new year is coming. A new decade and all the opportunity that entails. Here’s a video to pump up all those residing in points west of Berlin.

and another


About Andrew Flohr-Spence

Something about the sound and the word. Was a singer/bassist for five years, a German major for five, an English teacher in Germany for another five, then a journalism major in Denver for 5 more, and now I'm back in Berlin (for a while, I intend).
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One Response to Good riddance, naughts.

  1. Drew says:

    I think you hit the atmosphere on the head, especially after seeing the first video. People seem to have little care for their fellow celebratour lighting off firecrackers overhead or underfoot.

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