Warding away bad spirits should not mean one should also lose a finger or a hand. Or reach home at the tail end of the new year with a face wrangled by shrapnel.
In 2009, reports have indicated that firecracker incidents reached a little over 100, which is a good enough number compared to about 300 incidents in 2006. Half were aged 10 and below. But, if you really think about it, one finger down is one too many.
On a personal note, more than Christmas, New Year is the thing to celebrate. But thousands of pesos literally going up in smoke may not be the way with which you want to begin the next 365 days.
Top that with the excruciating, bone-wrenching reality that firecrackers can leave one disabled for life and what do we have? Crap. Yes, it’s crap. Forgive my hieroglyphs but it is shit. Excrement, if you want to be English about it. And every other thing inedible.
And for gun owners, please, sheathe your weapons. Firing indiscriminately to celebrate the New Year could leave one dead, or worse, alive but for the post-holiday medical bills, which could lead one to wish he or she were dead.
Besides, with the way we’re all cramped in this city, you might end up hitting someone you know or love. Now that’s real shit if I ever smelled one.
It’s time we all do this right. Happy New Year to all!