Sunday, December 28, 2008

Good Riddance Day: Shredding Bad Memories from 2008

Industrial Shredder

Earlier today, the Second Annual GOOD RIDDANCE DAY was held in Duffy Square (between 45th and 47th Streets at Broadway and Seventh Avenue). I captured these images as dozens of visitors lined to shred bad memories - everything from worthless stock certificates, depressing bank statements, 401k reports, photos of old lovers, etc. 

Information from the official website of the event:
The co-organizers of New Year’s Eve in Times Square (Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment) are inviting the public to say goodbye, once and for all, to those bad memories of 2008 at the Second Annual GOOD RIDDANCE DAY. On Sunday, December 28, 1pm – 2pm, shredders will be stationed on Duffy Square (between 45th and 47th Streets, Broadway and Seventh Avenue) to discard any distasteful, embarrassing and downright depressing memories from 2008.
Last year’s inaugural GOOD RIDDANCE DAY was an unqualified success, with scores of people lining up to shred everything from disappointing report cards to CDs with a song they never wanted to hear again to fattening foods they’d sworn to renounce – anything with a bad memory from the previous year. 
This year, a dumpster will be available for those un-shreddable items, as will a sledgehammer to pulverize all those bad memories away.
Passersby will also be invited to write their bad memories on stationery available on-site and watch as those awful recollections get sliced into shreds. The first 100 participants to show up in Times Square will receive a special gift with a Grand Prize of $250 awarded for the Most Creative.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I did not hear about that, thanks for sharing,