HALLOWEEN 2019

HALLOWEEN 2019 (Still on October 31st, for now)

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TRICK OR TREAT?

“When hinges creak in doorless chambers
And strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls
Whenever candlelights flicker where the air is deathly still
That is the time when ghosts are present
Practicing their terror with ghoulish delight”

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Halloween, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve is still on October 31st for now.

“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers, ’tis near Halloween.”

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Try carving a Pineapple!

Julie Driscoll sings “Must Be the Season of the Witch!” with Brian Auger in 1968>

The Halloween traditions originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. During Samhain the souls of those who had died wold return to visit their homes, and those who died during the year were believed to journey on to the otherworld. When the Romans conquered the Celts in the first century, they added some traditions (like bobbing for apples) from the festivals of Feralia and Pomona, celebrating the passing of the dead and the goddess of the harvest respectively, to the ancient holiday.

“Trick or treat, bag of sweets, ghosts are walking down the street.”

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Chuck Barris! The Gong Show!

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“There is something haunting in the light of the moon.”

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW!
(always a classic, but extra fun for Halloween)
“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”

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“Hey Riff, show us your mother!”

It’s astounding
Time is fleeting
Madness takes it’s toll
But listen closely
Not for very much longer
I’ve got to keep control

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I remember doing the Time Warp
Drinking those moments when
The blackness would hit me
And a void would be calling
“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”
“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”

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It’s just a jump to the left
And then a step to the right
With your hands on your hips
You bring your knees in tight

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But it’s the pelvic thrust
That really drives you insane……
“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”
“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”

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It’s so dreamy
So fantasy free me
So you can’t see me, no not at all
In another dimension
With voyeuristic intension
Well secluded, I’ll see all

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With a bit of a mind flip
You’re into the time slip
And nothing will ever be the same
You’re spaced out on sensation
Like you’re under sedation!
“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”
“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”

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Well I was walking down the street just-a havin’ a think
When a snake of a guy gave me an evil wink

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He shook me up, he took me by surprise
He had a pick-up truck and the devil’s eyes
He stared at me and I felt a change
Time meant nothing, never would again

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“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”
“Let’s do The TIME WARP Again!”

“In this 1975 cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named Rocky.”

“Be afraid … Be very afraid.”

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

“Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!” – Bram Stoker

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It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

Q: “Why are vampires like false teeth?  A: They all come out at night.”

Do you like scary stuff? Halloween is the perfect time to break out the horror films and spooky stories. Lots of good television too. Halloween holiday classics!

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Monster Chiller Horror Theater with Count Floyd! OOOOOOOOHHHH, Very Scary.

It’s a TOTALLY FUN HOLIDAY!
Costumes and PARTIES and CANDY!

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Musical genius Warren Zevon should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

“Every day is Halloween, isn’t it? For some of us.” – Tim Burton

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“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.”

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“Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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“Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?”

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Barbara Eden as Jeannie “Bewitched”

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“WANT SOME CANDY?”
What’s your favorite treat?

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“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and caldron bubble.”

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“If you need me I’ll be in my coffin.”

Universal Pictures’ Classic Monsters
The horror-fantasy-thriller-science fiction films made by Universal Pictures 1920 – 1950. They were the first shared universe in the history of Hollywood. Beginning with The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera (both silent films) starring Lon Chaney. Universal produced the monster franchises Dracula (with Bela Lugosi), Frankenstein (with Boris Karloff), The Mummy, The Invisible Man (with Claude Rains who also starred in the sound remake of The Phantom of the Opera), The Wolf Man (with Lon Chaney Jr.) and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

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“I am wicked in many ways.”

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FULL Performance of Disneyland’s “The Cadaver Dans” during Mickey’s Halloween Party. This performance from Oct 8, 2013 on the Rivers of America in Frontierland at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, CA> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hc_jcAEvsE

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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW! (1975)

And then “DO THE MONSTER MASH!” (Boris Karloff on Shindig 1965):

“He did the mash. He did the monster mash!
The monster mash. It was a graveyard smash.
He did the mash. It caught on in a flash!
He did the mash. He did the monster mash.”

The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band do “The Monster Mash!”

“Hurry back…Hurry back… Be sure to bring your death certificate if you decide to join us. Make final arrangements now. We’ve been…dying…to have you!”
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“Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts!” Phineas, Ezra & Gus

“There was a lot more to magic, as Harry Potter quick found out,
than waving your wand and saying a few funny words.”

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A Masquerade Costume Party from the 1870s

 



 

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! 95000 Hits!

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! 95000 Hits!

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Chinese New Year 2019 is February 5th in the USA!
Happy Year of the Yin Brown Female Earth Pig!

“Pigs are social butterflies with friends from all walks of life.
They have a lot of support in both work and life.
They have fortunate lives and can find happiness.
They are successful later in life.
However, they aren’t the most romantic people and might need to work on that.”

Most compatible with a Pig: Tiger, Rabbit and Goat
Least compatible with a Pig: Snake and Monkey

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HAPPY SPRING FESTIVAL 2019!

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR! HAPPY SPRING FESTIVAL!
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Preparations for the new year begin on January 28th and last until New Years Eve.
Chinese New Year officially begins on February 5th and ends on February 19th.
Lantern Festival preparations begin on the February 16th, and it is held on the 19th.

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Red pockets, hóng bāo, are red envelopes filled with lucky money!

“May your happiness be without limit”

祝贺大家新年好! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! 恭喜發財!

“Worldwide peace” (天下太平—tiān xià tài píng)
“Longevity and fortune” (千秋万岁—qiān qiū wàn suì)
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Scare the Demons away! Do you have your red underwear ready?

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Life is just a bowl of kumquats!

The name of the kumquat fruit comes from its Cantonese pronunciation gam kwat, which translates literally to “golden tangerine.”
The sweet fruit represents wealth and good fortune.

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The Pig is the twelfth of the Chinese zodiac animals. According to myth, the Jade Emperor decided the zodiac by the order in which each animal arrived to a party. The Pig was late because he overslept, arrived last and ended up number twelve.

The Pig is yin. The Pig is associated with the Earth element and the hours 9–11 at night.
Pigs are a symbol of wealth. Fat faces and big ears are also signs of good fortune.

 

Recent past years of the Pig: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, and 2007
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UNSOLICITED HITS!

 

Yes, we just passed 95000 Hits!

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Every year we build a “Happy Chinese New Year!” Blog Post.
Please check out our past Blog Posts:

2018 – Year of the Yang Brown Earth Dog
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/happy-chinese-new-year-2018/
2017 – Year of the Red Fire Rooster
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/happy-chinese-new-year-2017/
2016 – Year of the Yang Red Fire Monkey
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/happy-chinese-new-year-2016/
2015 – Year of the Green Wood Goat/Ram/Sheep
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/happy-chinese-new-year/
2014 – Year of the Green Wood Horse 
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/gung-hay-fat-choy-happy-chinese-new-year/

People walk under a Chinese Lantern display during a Chinese New Year eve celebration at Chinatown in Manila

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Good Fortune is Here!

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Getting ready for the Super Bowl!
Don’t worry, the Government shutdown will resume after the super commercial.
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY is February 3rd. GO RAMS!

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Party at Melisse Restaurant in Santa Monica

A Very Special Dinner Party at Melisse Restaurant in Santa Monica!

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“To receive a guest is to take charge of their happiness
during the entire time they are under your roof.”
– Fernand Point

SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT FOR DINING! And a Birthday Party for my Mom!

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A fancy restaurant, a private dining room, 13 good friends and family, champagne, wine, great food, gifts, love, conversation and congratulation, and a good time was had by all!

Saturday evening, we had a 7:00pm reservation for a private dinner party at Melisse restaurant for my mother’s birthday. And it was “FABULOUS”!

We drove over the hill on the 405 freeway and down Wilshire boulevard to 11th Street in Santa Monica. Then we drove around for 15 minutes looking for a place to park before we finally gave up and valet parked in the lot behind the restaurant ($8.50 + tip).

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We were the last to arrive at 7:20pm, and because we were asked to take pictures, that was the first order of business after saying hello to everyone. The pictures of the party guests and the Guest of Honor, some pictures of the restaurant, and pictures of the excellent food came out pretty good. We were worried because it was dark in the private dining room and we chose to use the flash on our cheap LG phone even though we had brought our mini iPad camera.

“Melisse is both a two Michelin Star Award winning restaurant and the recipient of Zagats highly coveted top rated restaurant in Los Angeles since 2003.” – Open Table

“Simply superb in every way”, this “refined” “gastronomical wonder” in Santa Monica from Josiah Citrin “defines fine dining”with “inspired”“artful” French-American tasting menus and “spectacular” wine pairings – all “seamlessly” presented by an “intuitive”“world-class” staff in a “chic yet soothing” setting; prices are “not for the faint of heart”, but the “state of bliss” that ensues is “worth every penny.” – Zagat (4.8 out of 5)

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GOOGLE REVIEWS: 4.5 Stars! (141 reviews)
#38 on LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold’s 2017 “101 Best Restaurants” list.

Seasonal French-American cuisine!

We have eaten here before and it was one of the most amazing meals we have ever enjoyed! Read about in our Previous Blog post “Dinner at Melisse” (see the link below). And we were very excited about dining here for Mom’s “Big Birthday” party!
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On The Menu: 1993 Dom Perignon champagne, crab amuse bouche, egg caviar, Maine lobster, dry aged prime New York steak or Spanish turbot (fish), choice of fresh baked bread & butter, red & white wine, chocolate L’Opéra cake, lemon soufflé with fruit & vanilla ice cream and 4 different petit fors:

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A Vintage Vintage! 1993 Dom Perignon Champagne – Cheers!

Let’s begin with a Dom Perignon 1993 Champagne to toast the Guest of Honor!

We began with a champagne toast! Found a bottle of Dom Perignon vintage 1993 tucked away recently. Didn’t know if it would still be good after 25 years. Opened it for the party and it was excellent! So we toasted the Guest of Honor and then we made everyone pose for the “toast picture” (as seen above) taken by our Host.

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“On the nose, this wine opens with notes of red-fleshed peaches, rapidly evolving into cashew nuts and dried herbs. The aromatic experience finishes on a note of lightly toasted brioche. On the palate, it offers a host of well-orchestrated, precise and full-bodied tastes. The initial density becomes creamy, while the long finish ends on a note of glazed citrus fruit.” – Winemaker notes

The unique Dom Perignon style: a rich creamy mousse, fine bubbles, a spirited, crisp opening leading into a broad palette of aromas and tastes, the delicacy of substance itself. Each Cuvee Dom Perignon is cellar-aged for 6 to 8 years.

And then a bottle of fine Chardonnay (white wine) for the egg caviar and lobster courses.

NOTE: Melisse has a fantastic, world-class wine list, however the “Good Stuff” is very expensive (repeat, very expensive), so we brought our own bottles of wine and champagne and paid the corkage fee for each one we opened.

BIG THANKS TO CHEF JOSIE AND THE ENTIRE STAFF AT MELISSE! Everything was excellent. The food was 5 star quality and cooked perfectly. And the service was done with professional precision and attention to detail not found in most restaurants.

NOTE: The red wine, a Pra’ Amarone della Valpolicella (aka Amarone) is a rich Italian dry red wine made from the partially dried Corvina Rondinella grapes and other red grape varieties. Valpolicella is located in the province of Verona, in the Veneto region near Venice. Italy.

“Dark ruby. Very refined nose offers aromas and flavors of spicy dark plum, chocolate-covered cherry and minerals, lifted by strong floral accents (especially lavender and peony). Multilayered and very suave, boasting a long and tactile finish, leaving behind a strong impression of grace and refinement. A very elegant, smooth Amarone of noteworthy depth and complexity but also impeccable balance (you can’t tell this clocks in at 16.5% alcohol).” – Ian D’Agata, Vinous (scored a rating of 94)

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Chef Josiah Citrin, in his Santa Monica restaurant Mélisse. Citrin is celebrating Mélisse’s 15 year anniversary in 2014 (photo by Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times)

NOTE: A meal at Melisse is a real dining experience and it’s expensive! $$$$$
If you can afford it, we recommend this restaurant as a destination in Los Angeles. The menu changes constantly and they have different tasting and course menus available.

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NOTE: The photo of Sammy Davis Jr. and Gregory Hines is a fantastic gift!

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405 Freeway north into the Sepulveda Pass at night

Happy Chinese New Year 2018!

Happy Chinese New Year 2018!
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Friday, February 16 is the Beginning of the Lunar New Year & Spring Festival

2018 is the Year of the Yang Brown Earth Dog!
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The Lantern Festival is on March 2nd and is the climax of the new year celebration.

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Over 2000 years old, the Lantern Festival is a time for Moon watching, Lion dances, lantern lighting, social interaction and a celebration of freedom.

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2018 is time to overcome obstacles and will be a challenge year for many people.
Take extra effort to reach your destination and use your wisdom to find a better way.
Consider necessity before spending money.
2018 will be a good year to save and increase your wealth.

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READ OUR PREVIOUS CHINESE NEW YEAR BLOG POSTS!

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Happy Year of the Brown Male Yang Earth Dog!
He’s such a good boy!

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Happy 4th of July! Have a Celebration!

Happy 4th of July Friends!

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“America is great because she is good.
If America ceases to be good,
America will cease to be great.” – 
Alexis De Tocqueville

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Have a Celebration! Wave that Flag! Have a SAFE Holiday!

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! CELEBRATE FREEDOM & LIBERTY!

Time to BBQ, Party, Celebrate, Watch Fireworks and Have a Real Good Time!

“So, then, to every man his chance – to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining, golden opportunity – to every man the right to live, to work, to be himself, and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him – this, seeker, is the promise of America.” – Thomas Wolfe

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“America! What a country!” – Yakov Smirnoff in “Brewster’s Millions”

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LADY LIBERTY in NYC! Let Freedom Ring! Happy Birthday USA!

“Laughter is America’s most important export.” – Walt Disney

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USA! USA! USA!

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respectable Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment.” – George Washington

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4th of July Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl!

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Dallas, Texas! Red, White & Boom!

“In America, anyone can become President.
That’s the problem”
– George Carlin RIP

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Happy Independence Day!

“We should keep steadily before our minds the fact that Americanism is a question of principle, of purpose, of idealism, of character; that it is not a matter of birthplace, or creed, or line of descent.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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“Boop-Oop-A-Doop!”

“Go back to bed, America. Your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed, America. Your government is in control again. Here. Here’s American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up. Go back to bed, America. Here is American Gladiators. Here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their f***ing skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom. Here you go, America! You are free to do what we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you!” – Bill Hicks RIP

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“Wave that flag, wave it wide and high!
Summertime done come and gone, my oh my!” – Grateful Dead “U.S. Blues”

 

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HAPPY MAY DAY 2017!

HAPPY MAY DAY 2017! 

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May 1st is May Day!
Laugh, Dance and Sing, it’s May Day!
Celebrate Springtime!

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May Day is a holiday of traditional festivities celebrating springtime fertility. May Day celebrations usually include crowning a May Queen and dancing around a Maypole.

May Day has been celebrated in Ireland since pagan times as the Feast of Beltane.

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Coo-Coo-Ca-Choo!

The Dude:
It’s all a goddamn fake, man!
It’s like Lenin said: You look for the person who will benefit, and, uh, uh, you know…

Donny:
“I am the walrus”?

The Dude:
You know what I’m trying to say?

Donny:
“I am the walrus”

Walter Sobchak:
That fucking bitch!

The Dude:
Oh yeah!

Donny:
“I am the walrus”

Walter Sobchak:
That’s ex– SHUT THE F*CK UP DONNY!
V.I. Lenin! Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov!

Donny:
(to The Dude)
What the f*ck is he talking about?

May Day is an international public holiday celebrated specifically as “Labour Day” or “International Workers’ Day” around the world.

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In 1904 the International Socialist Conference in Amsterdam, the Sixth Conference of the Second International, called on “all Social Democratic Party organisations and trade unions of all countries to demonstrate energetically on the First of May for the legal establishment of the 8-hour day, for the class demands of the proletariat, and for universal peace.” The date was chosen for “International Workers’ Day” to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago on May 4, 1886. May Day has always been a day for demonstrations by various socialist, communist and anarchist groups since the Second International.

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May Day is one of the most important holidays in the People’s Republic of China, North Korea, Cuba and Russia. May Day celebrations usually include large parades with displays of military strength.

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From GoHawaii.com:
It’s also Lei Day in Hawaii today!
Hawaiian floral leis are made by braiding seasonal flowers and ferns together.

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Traditional Hawaiian Haku Floral Lei

 



 

April Fools! St. Stupid’s Day!

APRIL FOOLS!
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ALL FOOLS DAY!

“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” ~Japanese Proverb

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Playing the Lord Mayor’s Fool at the Renaissance Faire!

Well, once again Spring has come early, and so too the spaghetti harvest in southern Europe (Italy, Spain and Switzerland). Thankfully, there is no threat to the harvest from the ravenous spaghetti weevil this year and this season’s spaghetti plants will soon be available for purchase on Amazon. Be sure to try your hand at “Homegrown Pasta!”

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Why is there an April Fools Day? Why is it on April 1st?

No one knows for sure.
No, SERIOUSLY, No one knows for sure.
There are several theories:

On the Julian calendar, the one before the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in the 1500s (it was not adopted by England until 1752!), the start of the NEW YEAR was celebrated on April 1st. Something about the French peasants trying to fool friends and family into thinking April 1st was still New Year’s….. and people who still celebrated the old Julian New Year were called April Fools.

Jokes, hoaxes, pranks, practical jokes, sending people on “Fool’s errands” and other light hearted jests are now the order of the day!

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Fool’s Guild King of the Fools Coronation Day Parade for Greg the Obscene Juggler in Agoura, California 1985

Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” (1392) contains the first recorded association between April 1st and acts of foolishness. In medieval times, most of Europe celebrated on March 25, the Feast of Annunciation,  but waited until April 1st to celebrate the beginning of the new year. April Fools Day might have something to do with the Vernal Equinox (March 20-21) and the coming of Spring, a time when nature fools man with changing weather…..

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April 1st – “RABBIT! RABBIT!”

It might commemorate the fruitless biblical mission of The Rook (a European crow) in the Old Testament, sent out on a failed search for land from Noah’s ark:
‘The mistake of Noah sending the dove out of the ark before the water had abated, on the first day of April, and to perpetuate the memory of this deliverance it was thought proper, whoever forgot so remarkable a circumstance, to punish them by sending them upon some sleeveless errand similar to that ineffectual message upon which the bird was sent by the patriarch’ – from the London Public Advertiser March 13, 1769

It might have something to do with Hilaria, the end-of-winter and the end of the Celtic New Year festival celebrated by the Romans. The Hilaria were ancient Roman religious festivals celebrated on the March equinox to honor Cybele, the mother of the G-ds, and to rejoice in the resurrection of Attis, the consort of Cybele. The Romans took this feast from the Greeks and public games, amusements and masquerades were allowed.

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The Attis of Ostia

A life size statue of Attis was discovered at the archeological site of ancient Ostia, the principle port and harbor city of Rome, Italy, between the Tiber River and the Tyrrhenian Sea. The statue is a reclining Attis, after the emasculation. In his left hand is a shepherd’s crook, in his right hand is a pomegranate. He wears a pine garland with fruits, bronze rays of the sun, and on his Phrygian cap is a crescent moon. It was discovered in 1867 at the Campus of the Magna Mater together with other statues.

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Another explanation of the origins of April Fools’ Day was provided by Joseph Boskin, a professor of history at Boston University. He explained that the practice began during the reign of Constantine, when a group of court jesters and fools told the Roman emperor that they could do a better job of running the empire. Constantine, amused, allowed a jester named Kugel to be king for one day. Kugel passed an edict calling for absurdity on that day, and the custom became an annual event. “In a way,” explained Prof. Boskin, “it was a very serious day. In those times fools were really wise men. It was the role of jesters to put things in perspective with humor.”

This explanation was brought to the public’s attention in an Associated Press article printed by many newspapers in 1983. There was only one catch: Prof. Boskin made the whole thing up. It took a couple of weeks for the AP to realize that they’d been victims of an April Fools’ joke themselves.

 

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David and Bonnie at the Coronation of the King of Fools – Irwindale, CA

April 1st is SAINT STUPID’S DAY

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“ALL HAIL ST. STUPID!”

The First Church of the Last Laugh
“ALL HAIL ST. STUPID!”

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April 1, 2017 – The Parade of Stupid in San Francisco!

As always, since the year 1979AD, the FIRST CHVRCH ofthe LAST LAVGH assembles for its one whole-y day and the ST. STUPID’S DAY PARADE each year at (The POINTY BUILDING UP COLUMBUS this year near) the EMBARCADERO PLAZA at the Foot O’Market @ Steuart in the Financial District of Downtown San Francisco on APRIL 1st at NOON (rain and/or shine). Bring socks for the sock exchange, pennies for “Thank The Bank Penny Toss” at the banker’s heart, dead lottery tickets for the blessing at the Federal Reserve (Support your Federal Reserve! Buy a lottery ticket TODAY!) 2017 is the 39th annual Parade! Visit the TOMB O STUPID, join in on the TIGHTENING OF THE LUG NUTZ and take a LEAP OF FAITH at the statue of the Barebutt Mechanics! Bring noise and music makers (drums, horns, bells, slapsticks, etc.) for the exorcism and a well dressed sense of absurdity. Attendance will be taken.

The Pledge (raise your left hand and cross your fingers):
“i pledge allegiance, to the illusion,
and to the pyramid scheme, for which it stands.
One species, in denial, with error and excess, by all.”

St. Stupid Contact: BISHOP JOEY (aka Ed Holmes)
510-841-1898 bishopj@saintstupid.com www.saintstupid.com

“All we are saying is stupid!”

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Sign of Stupid! The Church in no way endorses, advocates or condones graffiti, or the making of your own St. Stupid stickers to place randomly all over the Earth, and in particular, inside the Gideon Bibles in motel rooms.

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The Bologna Brothers Onstage at the Renaissance Faire – Black Point Forest, Novato, CA

Found in Storage:

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Bombay Dry Gin, Stolichnaya Vodka and Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky

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A Bottle of Vintage Porto 1983 from Portugal

“I know, I know, but ya know, you never know”

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CHEERS! Johnnie Walker Black 12 year old Scotch Whisky

We found two boxes of old liquor from the old home bar in Storage. We dumped most of it but there were some nice unopened bottles of booze! We kept bottles of Bombay Dry Gin, Stolichnaya Vodka and Johnnie Walker Black Scotch Whisky. And we found a bottle of Porto from 1983 which we are looking forward to opening soon. We gifted the Johnnie Walker Black Scotch Whisky and then we opened the bottle and had a taste. Very smooth.

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“We have nothing to fear but fear ourselves”

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Superbowl Sunday Party in Sun Valley a few years ago. There was a big screen TV outside in the yard and a 3-D commercial was airing.

“That’s the way St. Stupid would’ve wanted it… had he thought of it.” (from Carrie)

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“We Are All Just Prisoners of Fun!”

Regardless of what you might have heard, the United States Treasury will continue to honor all two-dollar bills still in circulation! Today was not the last day to cash them in.

“So Far, So What?”

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King of Fools Coronation – Santa Ynez County Park 2001

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The Fools Guild was born in the late 1970s at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, where the original culprits met while performing as jesters, jugglers, pass-the-hat-acts and mimes.

“The Fools Guild is a disorganization of individuals who identify with the artistic, spiritual or philosophical nature of The Fool. We are an amorphous mass of lively, spontaneous souls who meet throughout the year for unadulterated silliness. We produce three major theme parties a year: Halloween, New Year’s Eve, and the High Feast of April Fools Day. We also get together a lot in between…..We draw inspiration from the archetype of “The Fool”, keeping alive the virtues of playfulness and festivity as a source of creativity and personal fulfillment.” (from the Fools Guild website)

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Fountain at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village, CA

 

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HAAPPY SAAINT PAATRICK’S DAAY!

HAAPPY SAAINT PAATRICK’S DAAY!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! MARCH 17th is always St. Patrick’s Day!

“Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you.”

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“Here’s to being single… Drinking doubles… And seeing triple!”

First, a very important message for all my Friends:
PLEASE 
DRINK RESPONSIBLY!
GET HOME ALIVE, DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!
“KNOW WHEN TO SAY WHEN!”
“FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS DRIVE DRUNK!”

“May the rocks in your field turn to gold.”

Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebration held on March 17, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (385–461), the patron saint of Ireland.

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“May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rains fall soft upon your fields.”

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast holy day in the early 17th century and is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival!

“May the leprechauns be near you, 
To spread luck along your way. 
And may all the Irish angels, 
Smile upon your St. Patrick’s Day.”

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“Here’s to a sweetheart, a bottle, and a friend. 
The first beautiful, the second full, the last ever faithful.”

“To all the days here and after 
May they be filled with fond memories, happiness, love and laughter.”

Historically, religious restrictions (due to Lent) on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for Saint Patrick’s Day, which led the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.

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Holiday celebrations involve going to church, public parades & festivals, parties known as cèilidhs, consumption of alcohol, drinking green beer and/or Irish whiskey with friends, prominent displays and “the wearing of the green” and/or shamrocks (three and four leaf clovers).

“May you taste the sweetest pleasures that fortune ere bestowed, 
and may all your friends remember all the favors you are owed.”

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“May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.”

“Four blessings upon you… 
Older whiskey, Younger women, Faster horses, More money”

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“It is better to spend money like there’s no tomorrow
than to spend tonight like there’s no money!”

Saint Patrick’s Day has become an International Holiday with parades and celebrations around the world. They get drunk in Tokyo, Japan too!

“May your mornings bring joy
and your evenings bring peace…
May your troubles grow less
as your blessings increase!”

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We like Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

“I have known many and liked not a few,
I’ve loved only one and this toast’s to you.”

“Best while you have use of your breath 
There is no drinking after death!”

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“May the winds of fortune sail you, May you sail a gentle sea. 
May it always be the other guy who says ‘this drink’s on me’.”

“A bird with one wing can’t fly.” (So have another drink!)

The Notre Dame Leprechaun is the official mascot of the Fighting Irish sports club at the University of Notre Dame since 1965. It was designed by artist Theodore W. Drake for $50 in 1964.

The Fighting Irish logo is a side view of The Leprechaun with his fists up, ready to fight. The live version is a student dressed in a cutaway green suit and Irish country hat. He carries a shillelagh (a wooden club), leads cheers, interacts with the crowd and supposedly brings magical powers and good luck to the team. (“RUDY! RUDY! RUDY!”)

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“Who’s the WILDMAN now?”

“May the luck of the Irish 
Lead to the happiest heights 
And the highway you travel 
Be lined with green lights.”

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“May the Four Winds Blow Them Safely Home”

“Merry met, and merry part, 
I drink to thee with all my heart.”



 

Happy Chinese New Year 2017!

恭喜發財! Happy Chinese New Year 2017! 新年好呀!新年好呀!

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“May all your wishes be fulfilled”

THE YEAR OF THE RED FIRE ROOSTER! 祝贺大家新年好!
(or Chicken, referring to barnyard fowl of either sex)

Roosters have these five virtues:
Literary skills, military prowess, courage, benevolence and trustworthiness

Roosters have these personality traits:
They are observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, talented and
trustworthy with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year 2017!

The Spring Festival begins on Saturday, January 28 at midnight.
The first day is for welcoming the deities of the heavens and earth.
It is tradition to light fireworks and firecrackers, burn bamboo sticks
and make as much noise as possible to chase off evil spirits.

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FIREWORKS! GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!

NOTE: The lunar year of the Rooster starts on January 28th.
The “Start of Spring” is February 3rd according to the Chinese solar calendar.

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The first day is also a time to honor family elders and visit the oldest and most senior members of the extended families (parents, grandparents and great-grandparents).

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For Buddhists the first day is also the birthday of Maitreya Bodhisattva, the Buddha-to-be. They also abstain from killing animals and meat consumption on the first day.

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People walk under a Chinese Lantern display during New Year’s Eve celebration in Chinatown Manila, Philippines  February 18, 2015 (REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco)

“May you realize all your ambitions”

According to ancient Chinese superstition, lighting fires and using knives is considered bad luck on New Year’s Day, so all food is usually cooked beforehand. It is also considered bad luck to use a broom during the New Year’s celebration.

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FIREWORKS! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Usually the best way to avoid bad luck is to wear red, but because the fire element for 2017 is RED, do not use red in your clothes and accessories! Red colored stones like ruby, garnet and pink topaz should also be avoided. Instead, use colors that complement red and the fire element. Earth colored items (browns or yellows) are most suitable. Purple and lavender colors will also be lucky. Amethyst and topaz will bring luck and success.

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

NOTE: There are 13 lunar months instead of 12, and 384 days in 2017. To keep the Chinese lunar calendar within half a month of the traditional solar calendar, there’s a leap month (a second lunar month 6 starting July 23rd) in The Year of the Rooster.

The Chinese Zodiac:

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The Chinese zodiac is a recurring 12-year cycle. Each year is represented by one of 12 animals. Sorry Roosters, those in their birth-sign year will supposedly have bad luck.

NOTE: You will need to work hard and be patient to achieve your goals this year! Maintain a positive frame of mind. Meditation will help keep you calm and serene.

“May your happiness be without limit”

祝贺大家新年好! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! 恭喜發財!

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The San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade is the oldest and largest celebration outside of Asia, and the largest Asian cultural event in North America. Over 100 groups participate in the annual Chinese New Year Parade held since 1958. It is attended by ~500,000 people and watched by another 3 million television viewers.

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FIREWORKS! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!

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The inverted character fu is a sign of coming blessings



Hello 2017…. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hello 2017…. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” ~ Japanese Proverb

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 HOUSE PARTY!

December 31st, 2016 – 10pm PST – Burbank, California

The Annual HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE HOUSE PARTY at KJ and Steve’s!

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Not This Year’s Invitation, but You Never Know…

It’s 2017!

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Top Hat and Champagne Poppers for New Year’s Eve!

The last third of 2016 really kicked our ass. We really weren’t feeling up to a big party this year and were really prepared to stay home with the dogs and ring in 2017 quietly. We were invited to a couple of parties and a couple of big events, but at the invitation of an old friend, we decided to venture out into the night and attend the Annual Happy New Year’s Eve Party at KJ and Steve’s in Burbank once again. This party has been happening every year since the 1980’s…

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35 YEARS+ of Friendships! Old Friends who are now really old old friends! Marriages, relationships, divorces, births, deaths, illnesses, good times and bad.
There’s a lot of history, stories and good memories associated with the house and all the fun times we’ve had at the many birthday and holiday parties held there over the years.

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Happy New Year House Party Pic – Late 1990’s (with lots of children – not my pic)

The parties are not as rowdy as they used to be in the 80’s and 90’s, and all the children who used to run around the house are all grown up (some with children of their own), as are most of the adults now…

Tempus fugit! Time flies! In the old days this was a “destination” party and people would come from out-of-town and camp in the backyard! There were years when it was standing room only and other years when there wasn’t an invitation sent out and only a few people showed up. You never knew who might be in attendance from year to year, or who might stop by on their way to another party. And then some people stopped coming. A lot of the “regulars” from the past have moved away, found other parties, grown old or now only celebrate with us in spirit. And some of the younger party guests weren’t even born when the celebration first took place!

And so, with the coming of the New Year,
THE HAPPY NEW YEAR HOUSE PARTY CONTINUES!
Here are some Happy New Year 2017 House Party pics!

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Happy New Year Tradition! Old Friends by the Fire!

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In the old days the party would continue until dawn and guests would literally be passed out on the floor. We last attended this party at the end of 2013 when everyone went home just after midnight and a family card game broke out in the living room. We always bring a nice bottle of champagne or fine wine as a gift for our hosts whenever we visit for New Years. In the past we’ve also brought a bottle of Stolichnaya vodka (size might vary from year to year and decade to decade) for our own consumption and to share, along with mixers, snacks and other refreshments. This year we just brought a big bottle of nice wine (a Malbec from Argentina) for our hosts and a single can of coke that we plugged with a single shot of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum for old times sake.

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Have an Adult Beverage! Beer! Wine! Champagne! Cocktail! Choose Your Poison!

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Gather Around the Fire and Catch Up With Old Friends!

The tradition of the circle of friends around the fire began when the firepit was just a hole with a gas pipe sticking out of it. In the old days when the gas was off we burnt wood in the red brick firepit (and often things that were not wood would be thrown in the fire). Now it’s a large cinderblock pit designed for a party with an adjustable gas flame, but the tradition continues. (Who threw the plastic champagne popper in there?)

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The Old Red Brick Fire Pit

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The house is designed for a party. There’s a large living room, the kitchen and the food table, the covered back patio and bar area, the firepit, the pool area and hot tub, the office and the bedrooms. In recent years, modular units (more rooms) have been added as additional party space. The house and backyard are always decorated with a lot of festive lighting and there’s always a real fire in the indoor fireplace.

Regardless of the weather conditions in December, it’s always been an indoor-outdoor event. Some years it’s been “California freezing” cold or there’s been rain, but the party goes on regardless and the celebration adjusts accordingly. And just like the Rose Parade, the weather has never prevented those in attendance from having a good time!

This year it was cold outside, but not freezing. And someone who won’t be named turned the gas for the firepit all the way up to “Viking Funeral” level so it was nice and warm around the outdoor fire. Everyone ate and drank and some of the boys smoked cigars.

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Single Malt Scotch and Fine Cigars with Old Friends

Tradition also has everyone gathering in the living room and on the patio for the Midnight Countdown and “Stroke of Midnight”. Helium balloons filled with glitter and confetti are popped, people are kissed and everyone toasts the New Year at twelve o’clock. There’s also a large artist pad and box of colored pens, and anyone can sign or draw on the page for the current year. And the old pads and pages going back to the 1980’s are available for viewing (and reminiscing about the past).

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Balloons Filled with Glitter and Confetti…

There’s always too much food! It’s sort of a potluck, and some people bring food, but our gracious hosts always provide Dinner and Snacks for everyone! It’s also BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer or Alcohol) but there’s always a full bar too. In the old days, there used to be a row of “personal coolers” filled with people’s own preferred drinks and snacks.

On The Dinner Menu: Cheese Lasagna, “Navy Boy’s macaroni & cheese”, ham, green bean casserole, chips, more chips, nuts, cookies, carrot cake and more. An assortment of non-alcoholic beverages: coffee, tea, sodas, juices and bottle water are provided too.

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We ate some lasagna, reheated in the microwave, then enjoyed an adult beverage: a Coke&Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum, and then a wee bit of McCallan Gold blended scotch, and then a really wee bit of Glenfidditch single malt scotch, and then later we ate some good munchies: Doritos nacho cheese chips & honey roasted cashews.

NOTE: We tried it and it was not the “Best Damn Root Beer”… sorry. It was “hard” root beer (with alcohol) and tasted like diet soda, so we only had a sip and then gave it away. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! We stopped drinking before midnight (and we really didn’t drink very much at all) and then waited until after 2am when the party was done before driving home (and there’s always room to crash at the house if you’ve had too much!).

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The Road Home – Don’t Drink and Drive!

It was great to see our old friends and celebrate together again! It was a warm and fuzzy place to ring in 2017 and a good time was had by all. Thanks to everyone for the fun party!

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Post-Party Breakfast at 3am

January 1, 2017 – 3am PST – Breakfast at Home
On The Menu: 3 eggs over medium, crispy bacon, pink grapefruit, a leftover donut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles, and an espresso with whipped cream


A New Year’s Message for all My Friends!
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This Blog first posted on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 4:20pm PST
HAPPY NEW YEAR! KEEP ON TRUCKIN’!