Happy New Year from WC (Famous Potato Version)


Now we could get by with just some fireworks:

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Yes, this is from Fairbanks, back on New Year’s Eve 2013.

But WC lives in Idaho now, and Idaho, as the car license plate says, is Famous Potatoes. And here in Idaho  – you can’t make this stuff up – they celebrate New Year’s Eve by dropping a potato.

True, it is a very large potato.

WC suspects that despite the sign, this potato may be famous but may not be real

WC suspects that despite the sign, this potato may be very large and very famous but may not be very real

In preparation for a downtown street fair, they hoist the damn thing up, in front of the state capitol building. It dangles from a giant boom crane and – because this is Idaho, WC supposes – they have lights on it that variously show a map of the state, Mr. Potato Head and other, more uncertain images.

The dangling, giant spud, hanging in front of the state capitol, waiting for midnight

The dangling, giant spud, hanging in front of the state capitol, waiting for midnight

It was about 10 degrees, with a breeze holding the flags out. Cold weather, for these parts. The crowd was pretty thin. In fact, the cops outnumbered the crowd. But it was still pretty early when WC was there. That’s a bandstand under the bannock. Under a kind of Spud of Damocles, perhaps. WC had no intention of waiting until midnight to watch a potato drop. So WC leaves the climax, such as it is, to your imagination.

Baked, mashed or fries?

A slightly strange, Happy New Year from Idaho, gentle readers.

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One thought on “Happy New Year from WC (Famous Potato Version)

  1. WC, I love your posts and was in Boise last year. Hard to get to from Big D. In any case, there is a Hare Rama, Hare Krishna temple you should visit in the town in the evening. It is really nice.

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