Happy New Year 2007!

I had a great New Year’s Eve, celebrating with Paul, Cynthia and friends in East Livermore. There was plenty to eat, drink, and light on fire. Each new year’s with Paul is something new. This year, he had Josh bring over half a dozen dry cleaner bags (ultra-light plastic). He slid straws together end-to-end to increase the length, and then taped them into a cross. Along the cross he attached birthday cake candles.
Flying dry cleaning bags
The tricky part was getting them outside. The house was around 70 degF, and it was only 20 outside. This caused a breeze to flow when the door was open. Once outside, the theory was that a hot, light balloon would fly in cold air.
Flying hot air balloon
The first balloon, despite a lack of optimism by the house engineer (Eric), performed flawlessly, and travelled somewhere over N. Wayne we guessed. It was airborne for at least 15 minutes, and seemed to climb the whole time. The second balloon went up, and came right back down in a tree near the house. After a few minutes, it did rise again, but then consumed itself in flames, dripping hot plastic down on the woods.
A hot air balloon dry cleaner bag new years celebration in Maine
Please, do try this at home!

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  1. Muttie January 2, 2007 at 10:04 pm #

    Definitely a good experiment to start the new year… Someone, somewhere, will wonder what kind of party launched a bunch of little candles and some straws in a plastic bag…

  2. Jen January 2, 2007 at 11:54 am #

    Don’t teach this to your nephew!

  3. Megan January 1, 2007 at 9:42 pm #

    Happy New Year to you too, you little pyro! I’m glad you had fun with your Mainiac friends. You and Paul are two peas in a pod, you know that? Safe travels back to Cali. And thanks again for the tech support!

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