December 31st, 2012

It’s definitely not too early in the game…

…to ask this question:

Me? A quiet night. Ordinarily I’m not a keen New Year’s eve reveler, although if some wonderful revels presented themselves, I wouldn’t say no.

17 Responses to “It’s definitely not too early in the game…”

  1. davisbr Says:

    Us? Two glasses of the current Cab’ choice at the Davis’s, and probably a TBD double feature selection.

    …or maybe just early to bed, since last night was total insomnia night wipeout lol.

    Happy New Year everyone. May you and yours prosper, one and all, amidst the madness.

  2. parker Says:

    We attend a potluck dinner at neighbor’s house and the 4 of us play euchre as we work our way through a couple of bottles of champagne. Sometimes we make it to midnight, sometimes we do not. Cheers!

  3. JuliB Says:

    Watching the Walking Dead marathon, having a fire, drinking a little. Contemplating an ugly custody battle my sister is having, trying not to sin in my heart.

  4. M J R Says:

    Sonny Til and The Orioles, of Baltimore, of “Crying in the Chapel” fame — who started the fashion of R&B groups naming themselves after birds [The Flamingoes, The Crows, The Penguins, . . .].

  5. Promethea Says:

    Very OT, but this relates to my thoughts on the now-dead Diane Feinstein gun-grabbing thread . . .

    http://www.bob-owens.com/2012/12/what-youll-see-in-the-rebellion/

    Our criminal representatives need to get a more realistic than they are about their actual power. They think they are superbeings with magic force fields.

  6. rickl Says:

    I haven’t gone out for New Year’s Eve in years. It’s sometimes known as “amateur night”. People who never go out drinking go out, tie a load on, then drive home. St. Patrick’s Day is another one.

    Tonight, I figure my odds are higher than normal of either being hit by a drunk driver, or else getting popped for DUI by being just slightly over the limit.

    So I’ll just spend my usual quiet evening reading blogs. I have some champagne for later. I think it was last year that I fell asleep before midnight, then woke up and drank the champagne when it was New Year in another time zone.

  7. J.J. formerly Jimmy J. Says:

    Tonight is a good night for the JJ household to be merry. After all, our two favorite teams, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks are in the playoffs. Our only problem will be if they both get to the Superbowl. Then I guess we will have to watch the game on separate TVs.

    We also celebrate (well, we’ll have a small glass of wine after the fireworks at the Space Needle) tonight as the last night of Bush tax rates. Next 12/31, we will be poorer and prolly much more bitter about the state of affairs in the nation. Not going to dwell on that, though.

    Tomorrow we sleep late, overdose on football, and feast on ham hocks, black eyed peas and corn bread.

    Here’s to the New Year, and making the best of whatever comes our way.

  8. D. B. Light Says:

    We went to see “Silver Linings Playbook”, then visited with a sick friend, then home for an excellent Thai dinner, now settling in to watch the fireworks from our living room [yes we have a wonderful view of Baltimore's Inner Harbor]. No alcohol. Just good feelings.

  9. James Says:

    Happy New Year Neo! May a delicious revel come your way.

  10. Oldflyer Says:

    Quiet night as usual.

    Goodbye 2012 on many levels. It was a good year for my wife and me, because it got us to California and into the orbit of children and grandchildren. It was awful when grand daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia; but, good for us that we were here and not 3,000 miles away.

    Today as I was sitting in the chair at my new barber shop, getting the last hair cut that she would administer in 2012, the Filipina-American lady barber asked many questions about family. Then, she asked if she could pray for my grand daughter, and she did. A new experience, and a very touching one. Instead of the the old jingle: “shave and a hair cut, two bits”; now I will always think “prayer and a haircut”.

    Just a reminder that good hearted Americans are everywhere and you can find Grace in many settings.

    2013 will be a pivotal year for the country and for family.

    Happy New Year Neo, and to all of the Neo-neocon family.

  11. Mac Says:

    Happy New Year to all from the shores of Mobile Bay. My wife and I had our usual very sedate New Year’s Eve, culminating with a midnight walk to the bay where we watched the distant fireworks on the western shore. I am now having the unaccustomed third drink, which tips me over into tipsy, and listening to the Cocteau Twins “Aikea-Guinea,” as close to the sound of joy as anything I know. Be of good cheer, y’all.

    Remember what Samuel Johnson said:
    “How small of all that human hearts endure
    That part which laws and kings can cause or cure.”"

  12. James Says:

    Oldflyer,
    “2013 will be a pivotal year for the country and for family” every year is a pivotal year, that’s what the founders meant about “Eternal vigilance”. And you got a prayer for your grand daughter from this direction.

  13. texexec Says:

    Dec. 31st happens to be my birthday so thanks to all of you for celebrating it. :)

    Dec. 31st is always quiet for me…usually in bed by 10PM.

    J.J. , those black eyed peas sound good…just wish Romney had eaten his last year!

  14. Artfldgr Says:

    Spent quietly…

    An auntie in Indonesia fell and broke her hip
    another auntie had a blood transfusion here in NY last night… this was the first Xmas season without dad (who died last xmas eve)…

    very quietly… keeping our heads down…
    hoping the shelling will stop for a while…

  15. carl in atlanta Says:

    Happy New Year. Seeing JJ’s post reminded me that we forgot to buy our black-eyed peas for today. Once my wife realizes this she’ll send me out to look for them, all over town if need be. We’re not superstitious about much, but I surely don’t want to face this new year without them…

    See this Wikipedia article on them under the heading, “Lucky New Year food”:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-eyed_pea

  16. Surellin Says:

    Home with the wife and son, nothing extraordinary until the champagne and explosive devices at midnight. We usually have a bit of competition in the neighborhood – five minutes of “Who saved the coolest fireworks from the Fouth of July?” directly after midnight. This is out in the country – plenty of room for non-injurious mayhem. We also have a tradition of making an effigy from worn-out clothes labelled with the seven deadly sins and setting fire to it – a nice (albeit somewhat creepy) bonfire.

    Lucky New Year food – we do the pork-n-kraut thing AND the black-eyed peas. You can’t take any chances, after all.

    Happy New Year to you all! And now for a solid ten hours of football – I reserved the TV for today, which will probably annoy my son.

  17. parker Says:

    Oldflyer & Artfldgr,

    I’m sad to hear of the health issues facing your loved ones. Hang in there, be strong, and try to stay positive. I know that staying positive in such circumstances is a difficult thing to do, our family hit rock bottom when our daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer, but there will be better days ahead.

    Most sincerely,
    Parker

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