By Bill Wilson
Bill Wilson © 2012
The view from the balcony of my in-law’s apartment in Rome.
I know it’s when in Rome, but on New Year’s Eve my one resolution is to stay inside and hope my eardrums survive. It used to be that Italians greeted the new year by throwing old pots and dishes out the window. That tradition was discouraged as to dangerous and costly in damages particularly to parked cars. So now the tradition seems to be lighting fireworks from the roof or the street.
The same view just before midnight on December 31.
This year the emphasis seemed to be on more of the loud concussion fireworks rather than the aerial displays of previous years. The most beautiful ones started about ten minutes before midnight.
After midnight everyone joins in from the fireworks on the roof across Via Tiburtina and sparklers from neighboring apartments.
But since there was a person killed and several injured in Rome because of fireworks I suppose it is only time before this tradition is discouraged. Then I might think about sending it at the New Year’s Eve concert on the Via dei Fori Imperiali and have my eardrums assaulted in a different way.
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Bill Wilson is a San Francisco-based veteran photojournalist. Bill embraced photojournalism at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR), The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Examiner, SFist, SFAppeal. Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past seven years. Email Bill Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.