© MMX V.1.0.2
by Morley Evans
Tonight, after the bell has been struck twelve times, the year will change from 2010 or MMX to 2011 or MMXI.
In the movies, the well-dressed and well-heeled will attend wonderful balls in wonderful ball rooms where they will dance to wonderful music and sing Auld Lang Syne. Some may get tipsy.
There may yet be such places as they once created in the movies. In the movie "When Harry Met Sally" Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan danced in a ballroom that looked like one in the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
That movie was made in 1989, but ballrooms and dance bands began to fade away in the early 1960s as rock'n roll took over, as Dick Clark told everyone what a wonderful time they were having, and as culture started sliding into the pit. Slurp. . .
Today, people watch the New Year roll in around the world on TV. They can sit in their living rooms and wonder why anyone would shiver in the cold in Times Square with 100,000 strangers and an unknown number of perverts, prostitutes and pickpockets.
Dick Clark will be there once again this year, telling everyone what a wonderful time they are having.
I don't believe him. I'd rather be at the Waldorf Astoria dancing to Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians. Ah, but they are long gone.
There is still a Waldorf Astoria, however. I stayed there once. Let's see what they offer: http://www.waldorfastoria.com
Let's do that next year after my ship comes in.
Treat's on me!