Monday, January 01, 2007
We ended the evening at the corner of Twain and Decatur a mile or two from the crowds on the Strip and not far from Aileen's house.
For as long as there have been fireworks over the Strip, people from this ethnically mixed neighborhood have been gathering at an empty lot on the bluff for a perfect view of the show.
We parked on the corner and followed large families, dressed in their holiday finest making their way through the rocky lot with champagne, cameras and noisemakers to greet the new year. At the stroke of midnight,the fireworks boomed and sparkled in the distance and there were cheers, hugs, kisses and a mixture of languages from Arabic, Spanish, Farsi to Chinese and Greek. For us, it felt like a magnificent moment to be in Las Vegas.