HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”  ~ T. S. Eliot

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Goodbye 2019! Happy New Year 2020!
(and don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out)

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LAST DAY OF THE DECADE! HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

NOTE: A couple people posted that the decade doesn’t end until the end of 2020….
and that’s WRONG. It’s the 20s tomorrow.
Your decade can end when you want, but mine ends at midnight.

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What does the FUTURE hold? What will happen to you in 2020?
What will you do different? What will you change?
Do you have a New Years’ Resolution? Will you actually keep it?

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“Should old acquaintance be forgot”….

For all my Friends, and you are all my Friends,
We wish you a wonderful and fabulous New Year!
May the coming of January begin a season, and a year, and a decade of happiness!

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December 31st, 2019

PARTY TIME! “It’s time to party hearty Marty!”

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR! CELEBRATE THE END OF 2019!

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We are staying home with the dogs tonight. And we are feeling sick.
As in, NOT FEELING WELL (sore throat…coughing)
– and we don’t go out and socialize with friends when we are sick.

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We are WAITING for the holidays to be over. (not feeling the spirit this year)
But we still put on a Happy Face and play along with the festivities as best we can.
We usually count January 6th, Twelfth Night, as the end of the winter holiday season.

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No matter where you go, there you are.

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A TOAST: “Champagne wishes and caviar dreams” for 2020!

IF YOU ARE GOING OUT, HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE!

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Celebrate 2020
Do a “J” for New Years Eve!
Happy New Year Dudes!

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Aiko Aiko All Night!

We saw Dead & Co at the Fabulous Forum on Friday night 12-27-19 and had a lot of fun.
So we’ll call that our New Years Eve party this year. (and we’ll probably watch the concert from San Francisco on the interweb tonight if we can)

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Dead & Co LIVE at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California

“Truckin’, got my chips cashed in.
Keep truckin’, like the doo-dah man
Together more or less in line, just keep truckin’ on.”

NOTE: We’ll probably do a Blog Post about the concert, and we still have to finish and post our Blog about Dead in the Dome 2.0 – The Melvin Seals & JerryGarciaBand concert.

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Grateful Dead New Year’s Eve December 31st Performances:

*1966 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco CA
*1968 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1969 Boston Tea Party, Boston MA
1970 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1971 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1972 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1976 Cow Palace, Daly City CA
1977 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1978 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1979 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland CA
1980 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland CA
1981 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland CA
1982 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland CA
1983 Civic Auditorium, San Francisco CA
1984 Civic Auditorium, San Francisco CA
1985 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
1986 Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland CA
1987 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
1988 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
1989 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
1990 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
1991 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
*no recording available
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Another new year.
Three hundred sixty six days!
The future is here.

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December 2019 – Happy Holidays!

December 2019 – Happy Holidays! ‘Tis The Season! Ho-Ho-Holidays!

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Let us drink to health!
It is far better than wealth,
And it lasts longer!

Happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus and New Years!
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GOOD TIDINGS! SEASON’S GREETINGS! BAH HUMBUG!
Is it January 6th yet?

“I’m Mister White Christmas, I’m Mister Snow.
I’m Mister Icicle. I’m Mister Ten Below.
Friends call me Snow Miser, What ever I touch…
Turns to snow in my clutch.  I’m too much!”
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The Simpsons TV show is 30 years old! DOH!

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“Ay Caramba!”

WINTER IS HERE!
“The weather outside is frightful…..”
So here are some pictures of past Winters:

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Yosemite Falls in Winter

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Wawona Hotel in Winter – Yosemite, California

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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Redwood Trees – Yosemite, California

And this pic from our recent vacation in Las Vegas (see the new Blog Posts):

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The Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas decorated for the Holidays

And a Festivus for the Rest of Us! 
“I am very disappointed in you, and now you’re going to hear about it!”

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And later there will be wrestling in the living room for the “Feats of Strength”

NOTE: If you would like to learn more about the Festivus holiday and traditions,
please check out our previous Winter Holiday Blog Posts!

Tis the season Dude,
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Watch
“The Big Lebowski”

Ralphie, Buddy the Elf, John McClane, and The Dude wish you a Merry Christmas!

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and Season’s Greetings from JoshWillTravel!

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Winter in Ashland, Oregon

And it’s just not the holiday season in Los Angeles until the Citadel Outlet Mall
in Commerce is decorated with a giant bow!

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The Citadel Outlet Mall
in Commerce, California, Decorated for the Holidays

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What do you want for Christmas Ralphie?

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“You’ll shoot your eye out.”

More Fun with Elf On The Shelf – see our previous December Blog Posts for more!

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2019

Happy Festivus!
And Happy Winter Solstice!
Merry Christmas Dudes!

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HO HO HO! HO HO HO! HO HO HO!

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WARNING!

HO HO HO! HO HO HO! HO HO HO!

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HO HO HO! HO HO HO! HO HO HO!

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Burn Santa! Burn!

Clarence:
Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives.
When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?
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Have a Psychedelic Christmas Tree!

 

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“For this is all a dream we dreamed. One afternoon, long ago.”

NOTE: Not sure what happened to our ticket stub from December 16, 1986. This was the first run of shows following Jerry Garcia’s ’86 near death (diabetic coma) and recovery.

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The Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas decorated for the Holidays

 

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HANUKKAH 2019 begins on December 22nd!
(the Hebrew calendar date is 25 Kislev)
The Festival of Lights!

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Eight candles for the number of days that the Temple lantern blazed; the ninth candle, the shamash, is used to light the others.

“Put on your yarmulke
Here comes Hanukkah
So much funukkah
To celebrate Hanukkah
Hanukkah is
The Festival of Lights
Instead of one day of presents
We have eight crazy nights!”
– Adam Sandler’s The Hanukkah Song
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Potato Latkes (pancakes)

Happy Hannukah!
How to make Potato Latkes (potato pancakes):
3 potatoes (peeled and grated), small onion (1/2 grated, 1/2 finely chopped). Add 2 eggs (beaten), 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 tsp baking powder. Mix ingredients well. Heat cooking oil to med high in large frying pan. Spoon 1 large tablespoon at a time into oil. Cook until crispy golden brown on each side. Drain and pat dry on paper towel and serve warm with applesauce and sour cream. ENJOY!

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Ww wish you, your family, and all your friends a Happy Hanukkah
filled with peace,
 love, light, and a wonderful celebration of your own!

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“May The Force Be With You!”

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The Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas decorated for the Holidays

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“Merry Christmas, Girls and Boys,
Turkey, Stuffing, and Lots of Toys,
Fruit and Nuts, and Candy Stick,
With Best Wishes from Old Saint Nick!”

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Frank and Dean sing “It’s A Marshmallow World”
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Santa Hats for Tiki Mugs!

 

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Supper at Hash House A Go Go at The LINQ in Las Vegas

Suppertime at Hash House A Go Go at The LINQ in Las Vegas

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Hash House A Go Go at The LINQ in Las Vegas, Nevada

Just up the escalator from the casino at The LINQ hotel is a “trending” restaurant, the Hash House A Go Go, that we have heard talked about and wanted to check out. Monday afternoon we were hungry and cruising the fabulous Las Vegas Strip and decided to have an early dinner.

Hash House A Go Go has four locations in Las Vegas. They are originally from San Diego and they have single locations in Reno and a couple other states.

Celebrity autographed menus are framed and posted in the landing area/lobby/overflow waiting room at the top of the elevator, with a merchandise display and menu board. There is also a Selfie Machine that will take your pic and post it to social media for free.

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Hash House A Go Go Merch Display!

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Hash House A Go Go Lobby Menu Board

Sign at the Host Desk:

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“Twisted Farm Food”
They have a very large menu. Most everything is served 24/7.
And they charge La$ Vega$ $trip Ca$ino prices.
Definitely a “tourist trap”, but the food was good.

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THE SPECIAL LAMINATED MENU: (with cocktails and souvenirs for sale)

On the Menu: Burger with 2 patties stuffed with cheese, bacon, avocado, side of crispy fries and coffee to drink. We asked for BBQ sauce (and they charged us an additional $1 – TOTAL BULLSHIT charging for condiments!).

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Our friends shared the French Toast and a fruit plate, and we took the leftovers back to the resort after dinner and some more fun. And the service was not great.

The food was good and the portions are huge! The coffee was advertised as “bottomless” but the waitress didn’t come back to refill it, so we asked for a cup of coffee “to go” before leaving.

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Apple Mimosa served in a souvenir Leg!

and then later we had Monday Night Cocktails at Frankie’s Tiki Room!

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Monday Night Cocktails at Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas, Nevada!

Hash House A Go Go at The LINQ – Las Vegas

Frankie’s Tiki Room – Las Vegas

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NOTE: Souvenir Hash House A Go Go mug from the LINQ in Las Vegas.
It was only an extra $3 with a cup of coffee (cheap), and it came in a box that didn’t quite fit the mug because of the way it’s slanted. The coffee was served in a regular cup along with the food. But the mug doesn’t say “Las Vegas” on it, so what’s the point?

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Bought the mug “sight unseen” from the menu. Was bummed it didn’t say Las Vegas when we unboxed it the next morning. But then what’s $3 dollars more when you’re throwing your money around in Las Vegas? BIG THANKS TO FRANK!

 



 

 

 

Dinner at Big Wong & Dessert at Milkywave in Las Vegas!

Dinner at Big Wong in Las Vegas!

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Big Wong Restaurant in Las Vegas

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?  So, it’s Wednesday night in Las Vegas and what should we eat?

Food and Wine magazine recommended Big Wong asian restaurant, also in the “Chinatown Strip” and they said you get a lot of really good food for a really good price.
Well, okay then……

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Located in the Seoul Plaza, it’s almost a “hole-in-the-wall”, with no-frills, a very spartan dining room, and pictures of the food on the walls. Low overhead means lower prices, and we did dinner for less than half the amount we spent on dinner at Lotus of Siam.

Yes, the atmosphere was rather cafeteria like, but the food was AWESOME!

On The Menu: Salt & pepper fried chicken wings with jalapeños, thin sliced rib-eye steak with potatoes and steamed rice, wor wonton soup with noodles, fried chicken over steamed rice, mango pudding, and a Dr Pepper.

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We would definitely return to this restaurant next time.
The salt & pepper friend chicken wings were A-number one!

And then we wandered across the parking lot back to the car and decided to check out the MilkyWave shaved ice cream place (also in the Seoul Plaza).

Dessert at MilkyWave! SHAVED ICE CREAM! (not shaved ice)

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We enjoyed the “small” Choco Loco!
Chocolate ice cream, brownie bites, chocolate chips, chocolate sauce & whipped cream!
Our friends shared a vanilla-caramel-banana one too.

Yeah it was good. Would return here as well.

And then after dinner and dessert we went back to Frankie’s Tiki Room for cocktails!

Big Wong – Las Vegas, Nevada

Milkywave – Las Vegas Nevada

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Dinner at Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas!

Thai Food Dinner at Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas!

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And we went back to Las Vegas last week! SUPRISE!
A fast drive on Sunday night, a free room, and good friends waiting to have fun!
How could we refuse the invitation?
We stayed until Thursday, so on Tuesday night we went out for delicious Thai food at the famous Lotus of Siam restaurant.  Word has been out on this restaurant for years and we’ve always wanted to try it. The original location is being renovated, but they recently opened a second location in the “Chinatown Strip”, and we drove over for an early meal.

On The Menu: Chicken satay, mee grob noodles, shrimp pad Thai, beef panang, steamed rice, and a few tiki cocktails!

Everything was great! We were seated without having to wait. The service was good. The food was delicious and well timed. We ordered just enough and there were no leftovers. We left full and happy. Always a good way to start the night in Vegas.

NOTE: When we left every table was seated and there was a line out the door waiting to get in. So, HOT TIP Go Early if you don’t want to wait!

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The Bar at the Lotus of Siam Restaurant in Las Vegas

And then after dinner went over to The Golden Tiki for more cocktails and fun.

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“Trader Vic’s” Mai Tai at The Golden Tiki in Las Vegas

Lotus of Siam – Las Vegas, Nevada

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