year of the snake

Year of the Snake

year of the snakeFor the past three years, I’ve been trying to make it to Philadelphia’s Chinatown to see the New Year’s parade.  The last time I was there was 2009, armed with only a Canon Powershot.  Ever since, I’ve been eager to get back with some more substantial equipment.  I finally got my chance this year – The Year of The Snake.

I put this piece together in about thirty hours.  It was partly out of the fear of the content becoming irrelevant and partly because I wanted to see if I could do it.  A project like this, with deadlines that only I subscribe to, could easily stretch out for nine months to a year if I let it.  I review, I tinker, and before I know it, three months have passed.  The piece has lost its relevance and I’m left with something that has no timetable at all.

No Fear in the Year of the Snake

I used to work in retail, where the Christmas/New Year’s holiday break was basically nonexistent.  Because of this, I always made it a point to take off around the Lunar New Year, calling that my “holiday”.  In a way, this is when my 2013 begins.

I have a strong dislike for snakes, which is to say they make me want to climb on a table a curl up into a ball.  As such, the year of the snake is not something that I should look forward to.  In fact, it’s something that I should run away from, or try to violently stab.

But, I’ve got a lot to look forward to.  2012 was simultaneously one of the hardest and most rewarding years of my life, and I don’t intend for 2013 to be anything less.  We’ll see what the Year of the Snake holds.

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