Now, we don't condone such a practice, as it does cost the city tens of thousands of dollars to pick it all up. But we'd be lying if we said it wasn't a marvelous sight, thousands of fluttering, now-meaningless reminders, cast away with the old year.

It's going to happen anyway, so if you want to see it, we imagine it'll probably happen about noonish on Friday, somewhere along Montgomery Street. For those lucky bastards who have Friday off, they'll probably just do it Thursday. But we know they're missing out on that amazing calendrical anomaly.

And finally, to the litterbugs-in-waiting (and you know who you are), if you've never done it before, please bear in mind two things:

1. Don't throw out the plastic base. Your office manager will only buy you a refill on the pages for 2005, not a whole new desk set; and

2. If you don't have a page-a-day calendar, it's not cool to throw out your colleague's calendar. And it's just moronic to fling your PDA out the window. If we pick it up, you're not getting it back.