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Almost midnight. Fizz was poured, waiting for us to celebrate the passing of a year we wouldn’t miss.

The first explosion sounded. It rolled up the valley like the thunder of ancient gods battling. Dogs howled, lights flashed in the sky.

We stood on our terrace sipping champagne as Florence burst into color and sound and light. A defiant blast of optimism and hope to welcome a new year.

Wishing all a safe, peaceful, joyous new year!


(And just to start us off, here’s Boston Dynamics’ incredibly fun confirmation that the future is now. Roll over, R2D2!)