Fandango’s Flashback Friday — December 31st

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 31st) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on New Year’s Eve in 2017.

Of Balls and Bongs


The ding on the microwave oven sounded.

“Finally,” said Frank.

“Seriously, it’s about time,” added Phil.

“It seemed to take forever,” noted Lou.

Lou fumbled opening the microwave door and removing the plate overflowing with pizza rolls they just nuked.

Frank carried the plate into the living room and placed it on the coffee table. Phil carried the pitcher of beer. Lou carried the bong. Once everything was in place, Lou picked up the remote and turned on the 65-inch flat screen TV. Then each took a large hit on the bong.

“There it is,” said Frank, pointing to the image of the large crystal ball overlooking New York’s Times Square.

“The countdown is about to start,” added Phil.

“It’s taking forever,” noted Lou.

The countdown continued. “Five. Four. Three. Two. One.” And the large crystal ball overlooking New York’s Times Square started to fall.

“Finally,” said Frank.

“Seriously, it’s about time,” added Phil.

“It’s taking forever,” noted Lou.

Once the ball reached the bottom, the three friends each took another big toke off the bong. Then they clinked their full glasses of beer together and chugged.

“Happy New Year, everyone. 2017 is over,” the announcer on the TV said. “Welcome to 2018!”

“Finally,” said Frank.

“Seriously, it’s about time,” added Phil.

“It seemed to take forever,” noted Lou.

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “finally.”

12 thoughts on “Fandango’s Flashback Friday — December 31st

    • Fandango December 31, 2021 / 10:33 pm

      Happy New Year to you, too, Annie.


  1. Marilyn Armstrong December 31, 2021 / 12:16 pm

    Mostly, I’m finding it confusing to realize how LONG we have all been doing this. I remember when you showed up and it was yesterday, wasn’t it? As we change calendars, may be can hope — maybe pointlessly — that change will be more than the flip of a calendar. Wouldn’t that be lovely?

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    • Fandango December 31, 2021 / 10:49 pm

      I was sure that 2021 would be better than 2020. I wasn’t. I would like to believe that 2022 will be better than 2021. But it probably won’t be. But maybe next year at this time, we’ll all be surprised. If we’re still alive, that is.


  2. Nope, Not Pam January 1, 2022 / 1:10 am

    Well at least they were flying high 😁

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