The New Year got off to a horrible start here in Narnia. It's so bad I almost don't want to talk about it. But it's been almost a week, so I think I'll be okay now. And other than that terrible day, the rest of the week was full of awesomeness. But that dark day cast a pall on the whole thing. Narnia will never be the same again!
My mother continues to be an embarrassment. This time with a joke that I'd really have expected to come from my dad. Sigh...
But things got serious real fast when I decided to swing by Rodeo's on New Year's Eve afternoon and say hi. We hadn't talked in a while, and it was past due. But it turns out this would be the last conversation we'd ever have. He didn't even give me the option of trying to talk him out of it. I was horrified, and immediately rushed to the post office to mail him a present in the hopes it might make him linger long enough to talk him out of it. But it was not to be... *spoiler!*
I tried lifting my spirits by swinging by the town hall to see the huge countdown clock and get some poppers from Tortimer. No, not those kind of poppers. The firework kind. Geeze! Wait, did I make that joke last year? Probably. I'm nothing if not repetitive! And lazy. Too lazy to look back and check!
That evening, when I went to check out the festivities just before midnight, I discovered I'd received a gift from Nintendo! It was this awesome golden couch! The letter read: "This is the first item in the 12-item Golden Series. New items will be released throughout the year, so you'll want to keep your eyes peeled!" Well, I don't really think I'm going to miss Pete standing outside my house with a present. Kind of hard to do that. Unless they're gonna get tricky and try to dispense them in balloons or something. Because I mostly ignore those now. Nothing good in 'em anyway. But I'm rather intrigued by this furniture series that could make me feel like King Midas. Although I doubt I'll get them all because I'm thinking about moving to a new town this year. More on that later when I have actual plans, though!
The clock counted down to midnight, and I rang in the New Year watching the fabulous fireworks with Mayer Tortimer and Pippy. Well, Pippy wasn't so interested in the fireworks, really. She just wandered off. I guess she just wanted to watch the clock and then go to bed as soon as it hit midnight!
Oh, and I had fun setting off my poppers. I got two of them out of Tortimer this year. Unfortunately, I couldn't angle the camera to capture me shooting my popper while the fireworks went off over my head in the background. But the look on my face is priceless! Hah!
I don't know if Mom was trying to start the new year off on the right foot or make up for all the ridiculous letters she sent last year, but she threw 1,000 bells in the envelope with this card. Kinda makes it all worthwhile, don't it?
But then I read this, and my whole world fell apart. As soon as I saw this, I immediately raced over to Rodeo's house, conveniently located just around the corner of the cliffside by the waterfall. But all I saw when I got there was a single signpost stuck in the middle of a plot of empty land. I was devastated. I didn't even have a chance to say good-bye! (Or better yet, talk him out of going!)
I tried to distract myself by going up to Town Hall where I knew Tortimer would be hanging out with the special limited-edition New Year's shirt. It has "2011" on the back in the same green as the bunny head on the front. But despite my smile in this pic, I'm crying on the inside.
And here I am crying on the outside, standing where Rodeo used to live.
He was the last of my original batch of neighbors. The only original resident left in Narnia. Everyone else is second generation or newer. We lost a part of history this week. So sad. And all week, I kept checking to see if anyone had moved in, and no one did. I'd begun to think that maybe the universe knew that there was no one who could replace Rodeo, but then on Thursday, he arrived.
Okay, I can live with that. Derwin? Awesome. You'll never replace Rodeo in my heart, but you're geekily ridiculous enough to stick around a while! Welcome to Narnia!