After a Christmas that involved waiting out cyclonic winds before setting forth on a 6 hour car trip, and a return on a bus with a driver who wasn't really sure where we were going--aided by what might be described as in person crowd sourcing--New Years was quiet. New Year's Eve I was the only one awake as usual, watching Charlie Rose ask inane questions about Shakespeare which nevertheless elicited interesting answers when I heard a few distant firecracker pops to note the passage of the old year. Then the Day was spent in an epic Scrabble game and watching a lovely old Italian comedy I don't think I've seen since college, Big Deal on Madonna Street. It's a kind of neo-realist comedy, a 1958 spoof of caper films, with a working class crew in Italy. Their goal is a pawn shop safe but they wind up with pasta fazol. Marcello Mastroianni and Claudia Cardinale are part of the ensemble. A nice way to end the day and start the year.