Coming and Going: New Year's Celebrations Around the World
NEW YEAR'S EVE WATCH
10, 9, 8 . . . Let the Fireworks Begin
Let's say that you want to see the best New Year's Eve fireworks display, bar none. And just for the sake of argument, let's also say that money's no object. Where to go? There's the banks of the Thames, of course, the perfect place for a bird's-eye view of Britain's biggest show, in which shells are launched from the London Eye Ferris wheel as Big Ben tolls the new year. As the city's Web site (http:/
Also dependably eye-popping is the show in Sydney, where a spot on the Harbour Bridge will afford you a view of the fireworks in the "New Year's Eve capital of the world," according to the event's official Web site, http:/
Want something closer to home? How about Las Vegas? The festivities in Sin City will start early -- at 6 in the evening -- when motorcycle daredevil Robbie Knievel attempts to jump an ersatz "erupting" volcano at the Mirage hotel (http:/
All right, we'll stop with the torture. There are plenty of local celebrations worthy of your attention, among them First Night Alexandria (http:/
This Week: Restrooms
Washington has been a city since 1790, and for almost that long, people have been going to the restroom. But it's safe to say that they've never quite used the restroom like they're going to in January, when -- depending on whom you believe -- 1 million to 5 million visitors will be here, primarily for the presidential inauguration and secondarily to use the restroom. But where will they find one?
The answer is . . . we'll see, as city officials and the Presidential Inaugural Committee are right now deciding on the number and placement of hundreds of portable toilets. But if you just can't wait (heh), there's already a guide for you: "Where to Pee in DC!" It's available through eBay (item No. 120351046988), where it costs $3 plus shipping.
Interested in donating your unused frequent-flier miles to a good cause? The Fisher House Foundation will turn them into airline tickets, offering them free to men and women in the military who are receiving medical treatment at a Veterans Affairs or military facility. Information: http:/
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Reporting: Scott Vogel
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