It's that time again. All across the planet, thousands of men and women are standing on streetcorners selling noisemakers and ugly sunglasses shaped to say 2010. For the coming day or two, hawkers and other unlicensed street vendors will be out in force in almost every country of the world.
The trumpet sellers of Java are reporting very slow sales, according to this article in Vivanews. One sidewalk vendor said he had expected to move more than 1,000 trumpets, but so far has rung up just 200 sales. Bad weather may have something to do with it. And people everywhere are facing tough times.