I thought I was the only one who doesn't find fireworks entertaining. I think they're pretty, but I don't think they're nearly as ZOMG AMAZING!!!1!one! as everyone else tells me they are. Plus, the noise really hurts my ears.
I like fireworks. I won't buy any, mind you. I don't really have to. The whole neighbourhood does that for me, and they even launch it, free of charge!
It is good to be the king.
There were people here who had bought ridiculous amounts of (mostly pretty) firework though. Some are still going after over an hour of constant firework. I heard of at least one family (with not too much money to spare, or so the rumour goes) who bought 700 Euro's worth of firework. If I'd been them, I'd have saved that money for another trip to Japan. =P
Still, far be it from me to complain about people buying a lot of firework which I can consequently enjoy without paying a dime. (~_^)
I'm fairly sure I lost another two years of my hearing though, and I kept my ears closed most of the time too. And I certainly don't love the firework which just goes "BANG" and nothing else.
That all said, Happy New The-World-Will-Be-Destroyed-By-Tentacle-Monsters-From-Space Year. (^_^)
Enjoy 2012! (^_^)