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Facebook Timeline, shopping on Dec. 26 and local New Year's Eve festivities

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Clearance aisles are a great place to score some deals, especially on holiday decor, in after-Christmas sales.  File/Associated Press
File/Associated Press
Clearance aisles are a great place to score some deals, especially on holiday decor, in after-Christmas sales.

Facebook rolled out its Timeline feature recently, and I think this idea has real potential.

Timeline is an autobiography of sorts using photos you’ve posted, status updates and other information arranged in chronological order. The video on the Facebook blog takes you through a sample timeline, starting with old childhood photos the user has uploaded and stopping at his wedding, a big trip, the birth of his first child and other notable times.

You have veto power over anything and everything in your timeline, and this might be the feature’s greatest asset.

Things might pop up in Timeline that you have completely forgotten about and would rather everyone else did, too, but you can delete it or limit who has access to the post.

Timeline is optional right now, but most likely Facebook will turn it on for everyone soon. If you turn it on yourself right now, you get seven days to look over the Timeline and tweak it before it shows up as a part of your profile.

That’s seven days to perfect your online history rather than waking up and seeing comments on forgotten old college photos in your feed.

WHAT’S AFFORDABLE

The day after Christmas is a shopping day right up there with the day after Thanksgiving.

Shoppers love it because it’s their first chance to cash in gift cards and exchange those less-than-perfect gifts, and retailers love it as a chance to move the last of their Christmas merchandise and slash prices on wrapping paper, lights and decorations.

There will be plenty of good sales on clothing, electronics and everything else, but my favorite place to focus the day after Christmas is the clearance aisles.

Surrounded by rugs with Santa’s face and snowflake coffee mugs, you can find deeply discounted home décor items that will be apropos all year round.

Christmas lights are usually 50 percent to 75 percent off on Dec. 26, and you can stock up on those to make your May cookout something that would make Martha Stewart proud. Most homes’ color schemes involve red, green, white, gold, silver or another holiday solid, so take another look at the few throw pillows that aren’t plastered with holly berries or elves.

WHAT’S TRENDY

Ringing in the new year with friends and family in your own home is a beautiful and cozy way to spend the night, but it’s no fun to wake up to a partied-in house to clean up. If you don’t have spectacular plans for Dec. 31 this year, there are plenty of things going on around town that you won’t have to clean up the next day.

In downtown Augusta, Sky City is having its New Year’s Eve Bash featuring Funk You and Disco Hell. Cover is $5 and music begins at 9 p.m.

The Atom Blonde and She N She will be playing at The Playground Bar starting at 9 p.m., and this show is free.

Hotel Aiken is offering special rates on New Year’s Eve in conjunction with a few local shows happening downtown.

DJ Kenny Ray is performing at One Hundred Laurens, and the Polo Tavern will have The Robbie Ducey Band.

The hotel suggests renting a room as an easy alternative to finding a designated driver: “book a hotel room so everyone can enjoy the fun!”


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