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Welcome to 2012

By on 1.1.12 | 1:04AM

Well, it is now just a little over two hours into 2012 in the Eastern time zone.

My roomie Christopher and I brought in the New Year by partaking in First Night Boston. First we saw Jazzrael, an Israeli jazz ensemble perform at St. Paul's Cathedral. That's right. We went to see a Jewish act at an Episcopalian church. From there we took the T to Jordan Hall to see Suzanne Vega in concert. She was a last minute replacement for The New York Dolls and was well worth the price of admission.

We returned home in time to see Dick Clark countdown the final seconds of 2011. There is something reassuring about seeing him in Times Square. I wish I could say the same for Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.

Later today, I will make my way over to the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge to see the annual Marx Brothers Movie Marathon. Lord knows I am in need of a good laugh. I know I am far from alone in this feeling.

Because we will see plenty of man's inhumanity to man in the coming year as we have seen in all the years that have come before. From time to time, we shall see acts of charity, kindness and mercy. Unfortunately, these acts will be remarked upon not because of its inherent goodness but because of its rarity.

So I will make the most of the joy and laughter that comes my way today. Beyond that I shall continue to provide my observations about our state of affairs, those who have passed on, more than a few notes about baseball and just about anything else I darn well please.

And with that I wish you all the best in 2012.

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