I went to the center of the city on New Year’s Eve with a few friends from church and school. I’m not sure how it happened, but we got involved in the holiday songs and dances. At one point, I was using a long pole someone gave me to dance/fight with the others. We were banging the poles together as in a choreographed play or movie. None of my friends or I knew how we got into this situation, but we all had a good time. I tried my best not to stand out during the celebration, but due to my pale skin, I couldn’t easily hide.