Updated: 5 years 1 month ago

American Samoa is the Last Place on Earth to see a sunset, and tonight we're going to be the Last Place On Earth to still be in 2012. While the rest of the planet is celebrating and ringing in the new year, American Samoa will still be waiting expectantly for our turn to greet 2013 and wonder which of Last Year's New Year Resolutions we will carry over into 2013 (all of them, apparently).

In 2011,The Independent State of Samoa changed which side of the International Dateline they were going to be on, and while it isn't the first time they've done so, there are many of us who grew up in the same time zone as our cousins over in Independent Samoa. That year I flew over to Samoa for New Years and crossed the International Dateline for the first time in my adult life and landed in the same Fagali'i airport I've known since my childhood. If I could've tweeted about time traveling, I would've, but tweeting just seems less satisfying than the word count euphoria that comes with blogging.

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