A round-up of crazy events that shaped 2011, some suggested resolutions for various well-known folks and a solid party playlist of sweet New Year's Eve jams.
Atlantic City Weekly's New Years Weekend Hot Tub Party is bringing you a round-up of crazy events that shaped 2011, some suggested resolutions for various well-known folks and a solid party playlist of sweet New Year's Eve jams.
No matter what you're planning, be it a house party, a trip to Times Square or a night out in Atlantic City, the hot tub party is where you'll find everything you need to wrap up 2011 and post your own resolutions for 2012.
We will be back every weekend in 2012 with fresh content for you to share with your friends, from a sweet play-list we've put together or behind the scenes exclusive photos for your viewing pleasure, stories overheard in a bar, or the latest viral videos, you'll find it all here.
So light off some illegal fireworks, pop open a bottle of champagne and spend this chilly commencement weekend in Atlantic City Weekly's Hot Tub!
Suggested New Year's Resolutions for ....:
1.) Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson - More parties and more booze for the city of Atlantic. And now that you killed off Darmody, shift your focus on who should have been killed: Eli.
2.) President Barack Obama - Remember that the Presidency is a position of public service and leadership not an excuse to live Kingly. Less vacation time (no more 17-day lavish $4 million Hawaiian vacations while Americans struggle to get back on their feet), more work, accomplish something, anything really.
3.) Mark Zuckerberg - Your resolution is to do nothing. Yes, nothing. Stop tweaking and touching things. Take a break from all of the Facebook changes. Like the old saying goes, if it ain't broken don't fix it.
4.) The GOP candidates - The American people are tired of the same old political games and that's all we're seeing. Stop bickering and blaming, lay out a clear plan, give us a reason to believe in some kind of change and have a plan to implement it.
5.) Donald Trump - Continue Tweeting and dabbling in politics because frankly, it's hilarious. Would we be trespassing on sacred ground if we suggested maybe it's time for a new hair style?
6.) Justin Bieber - Having your own perfume line is one thing but Bieb's New Years resolution should be to help prepubescent girls feel sexy by coming out with a mascara line. After all, his fan-base army of young girls often wonder where he gets his luscious eyelashes.
7.) Kim Kardashian - Kim's resolution should be setting her expectations higher when it comes to engagement rings. Only accept ones that are at least $3 mil. (And don't say 'until death do us part' if it's only gonna last a few days.)
8.) Governor Chris Christie - Remain focussed on fixing problems in the state, making sure all aspects of imposed tourism district in Atlantic City work to make it a better place to visit AND live, and even if Romney gets the GOP nomination, don't leave for Washington until you've finished what you started in New Jersey.
9.) Mayor Langford - Work with state, CRDA and community leaders to ensure Atlantic City's proposed tourism district benefits not only visitors, but locals as well.
10.) Snooki - Change nickname.
What are your resolutions for 2012? Tell us below or tweet us @ACWeekly
10 events that shaped 2011
1.) Japan earthquake - In March, a 9.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan causing mass destruction and tsunami waves. Over 15,000 people perished and about 3000 were missing in this horrific natural disaster that caused landslides, fires, flooding and a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The quake was one of the five most powerful since modern record-keeping began in 1900.
2.) Egypt (Arab Spring) revolution - An awkening of free expression, partly due to the increase, availability and transparency of new technologies, social media and the internet helped lead to the uprising in Egypt. Deemed "the Twitter Revolution" Egyptians protested the 30 year dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak which led to his ousting and continued struggle.
3.) Osama Bin Laden's death - Talk Abbotabad place to hide. (Buddum dum.) The monster that haunted our lives as Americans since that sunny Tuesday morning in September ten years ago was finally discovered in Abbotabad, Pakistan and taken down by a group of highly trained navy seals during a night raid on the Al Qaueda leaders compound. President Obama was set to announce the news but Twitter had the scoop almost an hour before the President took to national television to tell us what we already knew.
4.) Steve Jobs' death - There was a little apple shaped hole missing from the hearts of many people when Apple creator and CEO Steve Job's passed away in October after struggling with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. His great influence and creativity has forever left its mark on the world.
5.) Kim Jong Il's death - North Korea's Supreme Leader died in December leaving behind a legacy of oppression, the stifling of basic freedoms and an extensive list of bizarre claims such as inventing the hamburger and spontaneous rainbows emerging at his birth. With virtually every aspect of political, social, and economic life controlled by the government, North Korea will now be ruled by Kim Jong Il's son.
6.) Occupy Wall Street - As a result of the economic collapse and a shattered confidence in the American dream, Occupy Wall Street turned into a global protest that began this September in Manhattan receiving mixed reactions and changing the national conversation. Frustrated by the financial sector's influence in government, the monied corruption of democracy, economic injustice and high unemployment led to encampments in cities throughout the country and police raids nationwide.
7.) Hurricane Irene - Barreling up the coast, Hurricane Irene made landfall over the Jersey Shore this August as a Category 1 Hurricane. For the first time, Atlantic City's casino's were completely evacuated and the island sealed off from entering. Over 90 percent of Cape May County fled the storm though a few brave souls stuck it out.
8.) Euro crisis - Europe struggled to keep its currency as the continents debt crisis deepened. Countries such as Greece, Ireland and Portugal found it difficult to re-finance their debts. Eurozone leaders struggled over financial stability packages and continue trying to keep the currency above water.
9.) Libyan Revolution and the death of Gaddafi - Inspired by Egypt and Tunisia, the people of Libya staged their own revolution, ousting and eventually murdering the country's dictator Muammar Gaddafi. With NATO and U.S. involvement in this civil war between the government and the people, the rebels came out victorious though the country remains in vulnerable turmoil.
10.) Weinergate - The man whose penis fit within 140 characters and started an era of hysterical headlines. Journalists had a blast with this saga that lasted weeks, though wouldn't have mattered as much if his last name wasn't Weiner. The Congressman claimed to accidentally tweet a provocative picture to a college girl in Seattle though it turned out to be very intentional exposing a laundry list of other cyber affairs.
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The Wrecking Crüe
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Fight Night at Boardwalk Hall