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Shred Bad Memories with Good Riddance Day

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, 29 Dec 2009

“Roxanne Rodriguez of Manhattan shredded a piece of paper with 'Writer's block' written on it. She intends to buckle down and write a musical,” reports Karen Matthews, an Associated Press Writer. 'This is going to be the year I'm going to be dedicated and focused, and I will get something down on the page every day,' she promised.

“The winner of a $250 prize for most creative item shredded was 12-year-old Alissa Yankelevits of Los Angeles, who is visiting her grandparents in New York. She shredded the memory of a counselor on a school trip who was later featured on the TV show America's Most Wanted. 'I just spent a week with him,' Alissa said. 'It was really terrifying because I just found that out.'

“Good Riddance Day was organized by the Times Square Alliance as part of the buildup to Thursday's ball-drop celebration.

“Participants lined up near the booth where discount theater tickets are sold and pitched their bad memories into an industrial-sized shredder. A Dumpster and a sledgehammer were available for items that couldn't be shredded, which included an old computer and a tin of fattening office snacks.

“Some shredded reams of bills and correspondence while others sought to banish the memory of former boyfriends and girlfriends.

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