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Happy Holidays 2020! ‘Tis The Season! STAY HOME!

HELLO! HELLO! HELLO!
Today is Saturday, December 19, 2020.
This is not going to be a normal Blog Post.
Happy Holidays 2020! ‘Tis The Season! JUST STAY HOME!

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Socially Distanced Santa Claus at the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas 2020

Season’s Greetings! Happy Holidays! 
We weren’t planning on doing a “Holiday Blog” for 2020, but it happened.
Happy Hanukkah, Happy Festivus, Merry Christmas,
Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year! We hope you enjoy!

Hanukkah is now over. December 18 was the eighth and final night.
DO NOT TRAVEL! STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
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Winter Solstice is December 21
It’s Midwinter’s Eve! Joyous Noel! The Longest Night of the Year!
Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year
The Sun is at the lowest (daily maximum) elevation in the sky today.
“The Christmas Star” – it is also the day of the “The Great Conjunction 2020”
Jupiter and Saturn will align and be the closest they have been in almost 400 years.
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Festivus is December 23 – “A Festivus for the Rest of Us!”
this secular holiday is an alternative to the commercialism/pressures of Christmas.
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! Don’t wrestle with strangers!
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We are very disappointed in you! And now you’re gonna hear about it!
The Airing of Grievances, the Feats of Strength, Money for People! 

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Elf On A Shelf for 2020? Too soon?
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Here Comes Santa Claus!
Christmas Eve
is Thursday, December 24
STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
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“It’s A Wonderful Life”

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Christmas Day is Friday, December 25
STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

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Mele Kalikimaka!

HO-HO-HO. Merry f*ckin’ Christmas 2020!
Did you get Covid-19 this year? There is still time, if you haven’t.

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Kwanzaa begins Saturday, December 26, ends on Friday, January 1
BLACKLIVESMATTER! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
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New Years Eve is Thursday, December 31
STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
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We are invited to our friend’s annual New Years’ Eve party.
SORRY NOT GOING THIS YEAR! The every year party at our friend home, begins with drinks and a potluck dinner buffet always with a lasagna. The celebration continues with more drinks and socializing with old friends (but that’s not gonna happen this year), and then dessert and more drinks before the balloon popping, confetti, glitter, and a champagne toast at midnight.
In the old days the party would go until dawn, but now everyone is old….

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Gabba gabba we accept you we accept you one of us
Gabba gabba we accept you we accept you one of us
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And this year, 2020, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

DO NOT TRAVEL! STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

New Years Day 2021 is Friday, January 1

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THE ROSE PARADE IS CANCELLED!
NO PASADENA ROSE PARADE THIS YEAR! So STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
THE 131st ROSE PARADE’S REIMAGINED NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION

Watch on Friday, January 1, 2021 from 8:00-10:00am PST
Airing on ABC, Hallmark, KTLA, NBC, RFD-TV and Univision
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with marching bands, segments about the Rose Parade, Rose Bowl football highlights, equestrians, floats from past years, and behind-the-scenes of float builds.
So STAYTHEFUCKHOME! Watch the show on television in your bubble.

January 6 – Something important happens in Washington D.C.
Twelfth Night is Tuesday, January 5 or Wednesday, January 6
(depends on what you believe – we have always celebrated it on January 6th)
Inauguration Day is January 20, 2021
Something important happens in Washington D.C. (here’s hoping we make it)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 18
BLACKLIVESMATTER!
Groundhog Day is alway on February 2
Chinese New Year begins on Friday, February 12, 2021
GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!
Valentine’s Day is always on February 14
President’s Day is February 15, 2021
Mardi Gras! Fat Tuesday is February 16, 2021

STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
DO NOT TRAVEL! STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! 

Last year, we were gifted a ticket from a friend for the Dead&Co. concert at The Forum in Inglewood, California on December 27th, 2019. We really enjoyed the show, but then we got really sick for two weeks afterwards (and it’s not our friend’s fault we got sick).
January 4, 2020 Blog Post:
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STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
DO NOT TRAVEL! STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! 

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December 2019 – Happy Holidays! ‘Tis The Season! Ho-Ho-Holidays!
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/december-2019-happy-holidays/

HO HO HO! Here is our December Holiday Music Playlist for 2018!
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/ho-ho-ho-our-december-holiday-music-playlist-2018/

Happy Winter Solstice 2017! Happy Festivus!
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/12/22/happy-winter-solstice-happy-festivus/

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The wheel is turning and you can’t slow down,
You can’t let go and you can’t hold on,
You can’t go back and you can’t stand still,
If the thunder don’t get you then the lightning will.

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CV! Part 93 (Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday)

CV! Part 93 (Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday)

EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – 
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – 
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

DO NOT TRAVEL! STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

Thursday, December 17, 2020 – Last Night of Hanukkah!

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5:45am: We were up all night again.
And we just posted our “New Recipes For 2020” and “CV! Part 92” Blog Posts.

9:30am: We are so tired. And now we’ve had our second cup of espresso.
We may have slept for two hours this morning between 6:00 and 8:00am.

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11:00pm: Well, it’s been another day. ThrowbackThursday.
More frustration. And we didn’t sleep, so we were cranky all day.
And we still haven’t eaten yet today really.
All we had 2 toasted English muffins with butter and raspberry jam, and a small banana.
We put on pants and ran errands today. And really tried to avoid other people.
We slept this afternoon for a little bit, and then we fell asleep again this evening.
Now we are awake and hungry. And we want Latkes, but then we have to cook.

Latkes
And CHECK OUT OUR OTHER RECIPES! (in our previous Blog Posts)
Just posted a “New Recipes for 2020” Blog Post below.

Friday, December 18, 2020 – Hanukkah’s over. ‘Tis the Season!

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We are not going to do a Christmas music or Christmas Blog Post.
There’s no reason to celebrate the holiday this year.
TRUMP KILLED CHRISTMAS – just like he killed 310000+ US Citizen….

“Home for the Holidays” has a new meaning this year.
As in STAY THE FUCK HOME! No Christmas Parties Please.
We are invited to our friend’s annual New Years’ Eve Party…..
and we are not going this year. Sorry, not sorry. But still sorry.
We won’t be attending any parties this year. but thanks for the invites!
And you shouldn’t attend any parties, gatherings, dinners, or other events!
We are dreaming of Las Vegas, and we are not going! Vegas isn’t safe.
We are “safer-at-home” in Los Angeles, sheltering in place, and waiting.
We cancelled the housekeeper’s second day this week, extra day off for her.
And we’ll still pay her. We love her! She is family, not just domestic help.

On The Menu: Chicken chili super soft taco with avocado at 12:30am.
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10:45am: Hello Friday.
We slept. We woke up. We’ve had two cups of espresso.
We ate 2 toasted english muffins with butter and raspberry jam for breakfast.
The dogs got fed. We got the newspapers and the mail.

4:00pm: We slept for awhile. 11:00-1:00, 1:00-2:00, 2:00-3:00
Wow, 4 hours, waking up every hour or so and then going back to sleep.
The dogs got fed an early supper and they had a long beautiful day of play and napping.

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We finished binge-watching “The Good Lord Bird” limited series about John Brown on Showtime. Very well done. Ethan Hawke is excellent as the madman lunatic fanatic!
Great period piece (pre-Civil War), excellent cast and acting, excellent cinematography,
It was also very well written and well executed, with a “timeless theme” that is very timely for our current state-of-affairs and all things BlackLivesMatter and more. Thumbs up.

On The Menu: Dinner delivered from The Cheesecake Factory: orange chicken with rice and vegetables, Sante Fe salad, tiramisu cheesecake, and a coke to drink.
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11:30pm: Then we fell asleep after dinner and cheesecake…and woke up around 10:30pm.

And then we watched TV and surfed the interweb.
Friday night on the Las Vegas Strip – there are still a lot of people out on the weekends!
And the Showgirl Mafia is always at work!
The week before Christmas in Vegas sucks.
And then imagine this year for locals in Las Vegas,
after 10 months of Trump’s CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.
(screenshot from the “Not Leaving Las Vegas” livestream, we are still safer-at-home)
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We watched music video reaction vids on YouTube.
Last night Jamel_AKA_Jamal discovered Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers!
And he did the new Grateful Dead “Ripple” video too!
Today he was introduced to Sister Rosetta Tharp! LOVE THIS GUY!
And then we watched a guy build a luxury jungle outhouse out of jungle stuff
with a machete, stone axe, basket, clay pot, and a shovel tool too.
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Good Shabbos! Stay healthy! Be happy!
Have a great weekend at home in your bubble.

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

3:00am: Time to watch a Christmas Classic!
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3:30pm: Saturday recap.
We finally fell asleep around 5:30am.
And we woke up before 8:00am…
there were two deliveries before 8:00am this morning.
Dogs, newspapers, mail taken care of…
Laid down to take a nap and got woken up again:
Guy knocking on my door to try to sell me solar power on a Saturday
during a pandemic is just one reason
the “RING” doorbell needs a pepper-spray accessory. Just sayin’.

NFL Football on Saturday! Buffalo Bills v. Denver Broncos at Mile-High.
Denver is wearing their all orange “throwback” uniforms –
AND THEY SHOULD NEVER WEAR THEM AGAIN! Just UGLY.
“The Broncos are the only team with a turnover in every game.”
The first half, the Broncos sucked, and the Bills led 21-7.
Then Denver forgot to bring their game in the second half.
YES THE BRONCOS LOST AGAIN.
And Green Bay beat Carolina in the evening game.
We changed the channel, and fell asleep again before the game ended.
We slept until about 7:30pm.

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On The Menu: We had a quesadilla with salsa and juice to drink for breakfast.
Then for lunch, 2 Hotdogs with mustard, dill pickle, carrots&celery sticks, half an avocado, raspberries, strawberries, and red grapes.

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‘Tis the season Dude,
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Watch
“The Big Lebowski”
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Sunday, December 20, 2020 – SUNDAY! SUNDAY!

On The Menu: Chicken matzah ball soup, that we made earlier in the day
and we finally ate some just after midnight. It was delicious and filling.
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We slept for a couple hours this morning.
We had a cup of espresso and went to bed around 6:00am. Woke up around 10am.
The dogs got taken care of, of course.
We woke up feeling okay, but our day went to hell pretty quick.
TRIGGERED. PTSD. Trying to keep control of our emotions.
Feeling very angry. Feeling trapped. Feeling FURIOUS! Not wrong to feel this way.
We have some unresolved issues, from our “happy” childhood, from teen adolescence,
and some wounds that will never heal – no matter how hard we want them to.
TOTALLY TRIGGERED!

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Sunday before Christmas. Are you feeling the holiday season yet?

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?

NFL Football Sunday
San Francisco 49ers v. Dallas Cowboys – COWBOYS WIN AGAIN!

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On The Menu: Sunday Brunch! Breakfast for lunch.
2 eggs over medium, bacon, quesadilla with salsa and red grapes

5:00pm: and things are a little better now – calm is restored temporarily – Breathe in.
Breathe out. WE ARE NOT OK. We took a short nap, and slept through most of the second football game today. The Rams lost to the NY Jets here in an empty just-built billion dollar stadium in Los Angeles. Seriously, they were still building SOFI Stadium last December!

And now its time for the Cleveland Browns v. New York Giants game!
The dogs got fed and we went outside, and now we are all chillin’ in the Home Office.
We had another espresso and we did a little cleaning up during the second half.
We knew the Browns were going to win, and they dominated all game long.
And it’s just after 8:00pm, the game is almost over.
Browns 20, Giants 6, with less than 2 minutes left,
so we don’t think they’re going to stage a comeback.
And we’re hungry for dinner or something now.

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317000+ US DEAD from Covid-19 as of today: December 20, 2020 at 6:28pm PST
(these numbers are always under reported, so there are even more dead Americans)

NOTE: We have been avoiding thinking about the news.
And everytime we go on Twitter we get really angry, so trying not to visit Twitter too.
But you can’t help but hear about what’s happening:
CoronaVirus Out of Control – Hospitals Overwhelmed (0% ICU Beds in Los Angeles)
Russia Hacked the US Government and US Industry. (NO RESPONSE from Trump)
Electoral College confirms Joe Biden won again.
Trump and the GOP Traitors still refuse to concede the election.
And it’s Christmas, so the network news won’t cover anything important.

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EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – 
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – 
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

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DO NOT TRAVEL! STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

THERE NEEDS TO BE A TOTAL NATIONAL QUARANTINE FOR 40 DAYS!
Shut down. Lock down. Only absolutely essential businesses and travel allowed.
NO PARTIES. NO GATHERINGS. NO RESTAURANTS. NO PUBLIC ANYTHING!

EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – 
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – 
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

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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!

CLICK ON ANY SMALL PIC TO SEE A LARGER PIC AND VIEW THE GALLERY
AND THEN CLICK AGAIN TO VIEW THE PIC AT FULL SIZE!

 

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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!”

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away!
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
to reach a trained counselor and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.

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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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And don’t forget KWANZAA!
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An “Adult” Christmas Blog! NSFW?

An “Adult” Christmas Blog! NSFW?
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Happy December Holiday Season again!
We’ve decided to have a little ADULT FUN with this Blog Post! Yes NSFW!

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NSFW! So that means, if “R” Rated humor is offensive to you,
DON’T READ THIS BLOG POST! SCROLL TO THE NEXT ONE! NSFW!

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HO HO HO! “Santa’s gotta stay…”

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!

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Let’s get this party started! (“Let’s get retarded!”) See what I did there?

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“You know that’s not a candy cane in my pocket… I’m just happy to see you.”

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Santa Freud

Q: Ho, Ho, Ho. Wanna see the North Pole?

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Q: Is your name Jingle Bells?
Because you look ready to go all the way.

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#MeToo!

There once was a fellow name Sweeney
Who spilled some gin on his weenie
And just to be couth
He added vermouth
Then slipped his girlfriend a martini

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“Excelsior!”

Party time, Roman Style!
Saturnalia
was an ancient Roman festival and an occasion of wild revelry in honor of Saturn in December, a period of general merrymaking and the predecessor of Christmas. Public sacrifices, banquets, feasting, gift-giving, gladiators and gambling!

Gonna Be A GREEN CHRISTMAS This Year!

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Willie Nelson!

Willie Nelson and Friends “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I’m Gone”

Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg LIVE in Amsterdam! “I Ain’t Superman”

 

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“I Don’t Care Who You Are Old Fatso, Get Those Reindeer Off My Roof!”

Cheech and Chong’s “Santa Claus and His Old Lady” A Christmas Classic!

“Once upon a time, about, hmmm, five years ago, there was this groovy dude
And has name was Santa Claus, y’know? And he used to live over in the
Projects with his old lady, and they had a pretty good thing together
Because his old lady was really fine, and she could cook and all that
Stuff like that, y’know. Like, she made da best brownies in town, man!
Oh, I could remember ’em now, man. I could eat one of ’em, man…”

“Santa Clause and His Old Lady” reached Number 4 on the Billboard Christmas Singles chart when it was released in 1971, then peaked again at number 3 on the same chart in 1972 and 1973. “¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?”

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Q: What do you call Santa’s Elves?
A: Subordinate Clauses.

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Well at least there’s one wise guy…

“The guy who invented Christmas should be nailed to a cross!”

BAD SANTA!

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Q: Why does Santa always come through the chimney?
A: Because he knows better than to try the back door.

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Q: What do three HOs get you?
A: One very jolly Santa.

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CA, OR, WA, NV, CO, AK, VT, MI, MA, ME have made Marijuana Legal in 2018!

CELEBRATE THE END OF MARIJUANA PROHIBITION! 

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O, Canada made Marijuana Legal in 2018!

Don’t forget that the GOP and BIG PHARMA are the ones who caused the “Opioid Crisis” and the deaths of thousands of American citizens.

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JUST LIKE CRAZY OTTO!

Q: What’s the difference between snowmen and snowwomen?
A: Snowballs.

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“Nice package, Santa”

 

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Shaggy inna Baggie! And Scooby with a Doobie! “Ruh-Roh!”

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In their lust for a haul at the mall,
Panty shoppers broke into a brawl.
To put it quite briefly
The reasons are chiefly
Their vainness and greed — a clothes call.

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“It’s Christmas time and my rhyme’s steady bumpin’,
Everybody happy, hair still nappy,
Gonna steal a gift for my old Grandpappy…”

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Santa Snoop!

Hope this Blog Post doesn’t get me or you on the “Naughty List”
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Seriously, if you’re offended, GET A F*CKING LIFE! (and see our previous Blog Posts)

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THIS GUY! (that’s all)

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What day of Christmas is this?

 

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“Johnny said, Devil, just come on back
If you ever want to try again,
I done told you once, you son of a bitch,
I’m the best there´s ever been”


 

HO HO HO! Our December Holiday Music Playlist 2018!

HO HO HO!
Here is our December Holiday Music Playlist for 2018!

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“…some burgers, some beers, a few laughs.
Our f*cking troubles are over, Dude.”
– Walter Sobchak, “The Big Lebowski”

Jimmy Buffett “Mele Kalikimaka”

From the classic “Year Without A Santa Claus”, it’s Snow Miser!

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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!

 

Welcome to our December Holiday Music Playlist! We hope you enjoy this year’s selections of festive curated tunes for your listening pleasure.
So, let’s get this Winter Party started and everyone have a real good time!

The Drifters “White Christmas”

We wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah,
a Glorious Kwanzaa, a Celebratory December Holiday,
Joyous Winter Solstice, a Raucous Saturnalia,
a Pleasant Festivus for the Rest of Us and a Healthy New Year!

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Old School Cool! Have a Koo Koo Kristmas December Holiday!

Dean Martin “Walking In A Winter Wonderland”

Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra Christmas Duet “A Marshmallow World” (12-21-1967)

Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town” & “White Christmas” 1957

And just to briefly address the controversy of this year’s Holiday Season:

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Worry about something else. Like Starbuck’s cups.
Or whether “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie (Yes It Is.).

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“Now I have a machine gun. Ho, Ho, Ho!”

Christmas With Vince Gill in Tulsa 12-22-1993
Amy Grant, Chet Atkins, Vince Gill and Michael McDonald
“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”, “East Tennessee Christmas”, Vince and Chet pick “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and everyone sings “Christmastime Is Near”.

Grand Ol’ Opry: Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, Doyle Dykes, Mike Snyder “I Saw The Light”

United States Navy Band “Dueling Jingle Bells” (your tax dollars paid for this)

 

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Greg Lake with Ian Anderson on flute, David Arch on keyboards, Florian Opahle on acoustic guitar and the St. Bride’s Church choir perform “I Believe in Father Christmas” Live in London.

 

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“How about a football kid?”

Grateful Dead 1971 “Run Rudolph Run” (Pigpen on lead vocals)

Hey Now! If you’ve come this far, perhaps you’ll go a little FURTHUR. Aiko Aiko All Day!

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“Wishing You a Jerry Christmas and Happy Bob Weir!”

Grateful Dawg “G-d Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (Garcia/Grisman arrangement)

Rockin’ Around the Christmas December Holiday Tree!
It’s the Christmas December Holiday party hop!

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You Need MORE COWBELL!

Everyone loves a December Holiday Flashmob!
Adrián De la Garza, the Mayor of Monterrey, Mexico, shares a Flashmob:
Los Mariachis! “Feliz Navidad” & “White Christmas” 

And Another AMAZING Flashmob! (just wait for the guitar solo!)
popCHORn Choir’s “Stairway to Heaven” in the Kirschgarten in Mainz, Germany

Just Enjoy the Music. Just Enjoy the Music. Shut Up. Just Enjoy the Music.
(just one of the cool things you can find on YouTube after midnight)

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Elf Yourself!

Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” for Mandolin Orchestra
Live at der Schlossgartenhalle Ettlingen in Germany
“Remember when we young, we shone like the sun”

I am not your Santa Clause! “Call me Elf one more time!” 

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“You’re Not Santa. You Smell Like Beef And Cheese.”

NOTE: We did not make a Christmas/December Holiday music playlist last year,
so if you need to hear some more seasonal tunes (and these are very cool tunes),
click and open the links to our 2015 and 2016 Holiday Music Blog Posts:
2015 Holiday Music Playlist>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/christmas-countdown-playlist-2015/
2016 Holiday Music Playlist>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2016/12/25/holiday-music-playlist-2016/

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Oh Burning Christmas December Holiday Tree!

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Oh, Christmas December Holiday Tree!

And finally, that time
The Band opened for The Grateful Dead on New Year’s Eve ’83-’84

Pax et Justitia (Peace and Justice)
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM JOSHWILLTRAVEL!

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CarrotTop in the Remake of “Home Alone!”



Sharing this vid from the Retro Relief for Fire Victims (see our previous Blog Post).
If you need someone to get the party started here’s Doña Oxford doing the Boogie Woogie on electric piano! I’d definitely invite her to play my next party!

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UPDATE: OMG Shatner Claus! “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”
with Coyote Shivers (vocals) and Billy Gibbons (guitar)

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Ninety Thousand and One Hits!
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It’s RAINING! It’s really RAINING!
It does rain in Southern California!
(Please stay out of the Pacific Ocean for at least 72 hours!)

WINTER IS HERE!  HELLO DECEMBER 2018!
Water is falling from the sky. There is snow falling in the mountains!

Thanksgiving is over. (see our previous Blog Post)
It was a great feast and we are very thankful for everything we have!

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How ’bout a snort?

Now…. THE HOLIDAY SEASON. “Tis the Season!”
Already sick of Christmas music and it’s still only November.
NOTE: Someone posted Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” from “Holiday Inn” on the interweb and we couldn’t watch it. JUST TOO SOON! Not even close to December 24th!

DECEMBER 2nd is THE FIRST NIGHT OF HANNUKAH!

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HAPPY HANNUKAH 2018!

We ripped the Google Hannukah Doodle>
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And we made Latkes (potato pancakes) for Sunday breakfast!
(see our previous Blog Post for the recipe and instructions)

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Latkes (potato pancakes) for Breakfast!

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NOTE: There’s a pretty fun Blog Post about Hannukah from last year. And a good one about “Festivus for the Rest of Us!” And there are a few more about Holiday Stuff too, including our past HOLIDAY MUSIC PLAYLISTS.

Are you ready for Christmas the December Holiday celebrated by everyone?
Screw the Yule Log, I’ve been to Burning Man!

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BURN CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR!

This is already going around,
but we’ll post it here before it goes wild viral,
’cause it’s effin’ funny:

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Make your own “Die Hard” Christmas tree ornament for the tree!

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Copy, Print, Cut Out. Figure it out…. “Come out to the coast.”

Yes, “Die Hard” is a Christmas Film.

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HoHoHo! Modern Christmas!

We’ll do our cool Holiday Music Playlist Blog Post later…. maybe.

NOTE: We did not make a Christmas/Holiday music playlist last year,
so if you need to hear some more seasonal tunes (and these are very cool tunes),
click and open the links to our 2015 and 2016 Holiday Music Blog Posts:
2015 Holiday Music Playlist>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/christmas-countdown-playlist-2015/
2016 Holiday Music Playlist>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2016/12/25/holiday-music-playlist-2016/

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

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Dead & Company just announced the 2019 Summer Tour!
We still haven’t seen them LIVE in concert (other than on the interweb) and “this might be the last time”….. but they usually play better together as the tour progresses.

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And speaking of LIVE MUSIC>

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Tuesday Night Traffic on the 101 Freeway to Burbank

Doña Oxford perform at the Fire Victims Retro Relief benefit (see out previous Blog Post) and she was fantastic! So, we went back on Tuesday night and saw her again at Joe’s Great American Bar in Burbank>
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The crowd was fun and friendly. Doña played 3 sets (we stayed for the first two) and she was awesome! Tuesday night is “swing dance” night and there are great dancers in the house and out on the floor. Really fun to watch as they Shag and Jitterbug! Joe’s has very reasonably priced strong drinks and their bar food looks pretty good (we still haven’t eaten there) also for a good price. If you’re okay with “fast food”, there’s a Taco Bell next door that’s open until midnight. We haven’t eaten any fast food (except for Habit Burger) in a very long time…. but it was there, and it was Tuesday.

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Taco Bell! 3 Regular Crunchy Tacos with Hot Sauce

So we ate, drank and listened to some great music, but we didn’t stay for the third set because we were tired, starting to get a headache, hungry again and our back was hurting something awful. Too much sitting and too much standing., so we headed home for bed before midnight.

NOTE: The price of going to a concert is out of control! $100+fees+parking+concessions to see a show is a luxury for most people, and most people can’t afford it these days. Please support Venues and Bands that don’t charge a COVER! 

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“Beats the hell out of a Yule log.”

HAD OUR YEARLY PHYSICAL! Mind your health, it’s the most important thing!

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Eat, Drink and Be Happy. We’re all gonna die.

AND NOW SOME POLITICAL STUFF>
Mueller’s questioning might take a strange turn (he should get Liam Neeson!)

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LYIN’ CHEATIN’ CROOKED EVIL DONNY!

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The Walls Are Closing In on Lyin’ Crooked Evil Donny!

Key Mueller witness and Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi admits to MSNBC’s Ari Melber that he lied to Congress, that he tried to get stolen Clinton emails back to the Trump campaign in 2016, that he “absolutely” intended to help the Trump campaign by doing so, that he told Roger Stone about John Podesta’s emails and that his lawyers are still communicating with Trump’s legal team “as if” there is a joint legal defense.

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CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY! VIOLATIONS OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT!

Whatever your political posture is, this is WRONG.
Every citizen of the United States must protect our Democratic Government!

Warmonger! Assassin! Mass Murderer! Celebrate him!
He was a murderer and a war criminal.
Oh boy, let’s play “follow the casket” as they honor this POS.
LYIN’ CHEATIN’ CROOKED EVIL GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH!

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The Danger of Comedy! He was a Murderer and a War Criminal!

That’s all for now. And now back to our HAPPY BLOG POST!

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What Do You See?

We collect JOKERS!
Proud to be a “Card Carrying Fool” and follower of St. Stupid!
(see our previous Blog Posts)

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“Chestnuts roasting on an open pyre.”

The LA AUTO SHOW is back in town! (read our previous Blog Post)

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From the LA AUTO SHOW in 2016

PEACE ON EARTH. GOODWILL TO ALL. STOP THE VIOLENCE. NO HATE.
“DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU.”

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“Can We All Just Get Along?” – Rodney King

Monday, December 3rd, 2018 just after Noon: OK, going to publish this Blog Post!

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The War on Christmas is Coming!

Yes, there will be a DECEMBER HOLIDAY BLOG POST in the very near future.
No, we are not taking a Christmas Vacation this year (again).

FIESTAWARE FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER! Good Shabbos Everyone!
ON THE MENU: Cousins visiting from out of town. Cornish game hens with stuffing, asparagus, challah bread, cran-raspberry-orange juice and then a $5 cake for dessert.

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Banana Split & Espresso in Red Fiestaware at 3am on Monday Morning

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THANK YOU! 90000 HITS!

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It is the sum of the cubes of the first 24 positive integers, and is the square of 300.
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READ OUR PREVIOUS HOLIDAY BLOG POSTS!
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/happy-christmas-2017/

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I took the “Yiddish Lingo” quiz and scored 100%. Oy vey!

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“Teacher says, Every time a bell rings an angel get his wings”

RECENT BLOG POSTS FROM NOVEMBER:

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“Rock Bottom will teach you lessons that mountaintops never will”

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The Wisdom of Milt & Edie’s in Burbank, California

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Happy Hannukah!



 

 

 

 

Happy Christmas 2017!

Happy Christmas 2017!
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It’s a small world. And we all live in it. (after all)

Let’s do this! Merry Christmas Y’all!
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“On the first day of Christmas…..”

Screw the Yule Log, I’ve been to Burning Man!
Merry Merry Very Cherry and Season’s Greetings!

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Burn Santa! Burn!

“Teacher says, Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”
Fuggedaboutit!
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NOTE: We did not make a Christmas/Holiday music playlist this year,
so if you need to hear more seasonal tunes,
click and open the links to our 2015 and 2016 music Blog Posts:
2015 Holiday Music Playlist>
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2016 Holiday Music Playlist>
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2016/12/25/holiday-music-playlist-2016/

Oh by golly! (this one’s for Phredd)

 

Mele Kalikimaka!
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Where’s Waldo?

Elf Lives Matter!

‘Tis the season Dude,
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Watch
“The Big Lebowski”
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And once again,
someone spiked the punch at the Peanuts’ holiday party:

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That is all.
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“He wasn’t the messiah, he was just a very naughty boy.”

Ladyfingers Recipe for the Feast of St. Stephen and Boxing Day!
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/ladyfingers-recipe-for-the-feast-of-st-stephen-and-to-celebrate-boxing-day/



Day after Christmas,

A cold December morning,
Happy Boxing Day!
justin


 

Happy Winter Solstice! Happy Festivus!

Happy Winter Solstice 2017!
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Happy Winter Solstice 2017 in the Northern Hemisphere
(Yesterday!) December 21st at 8:28AM PST – also known as midwinter,
it’s an astronomical phenomenon marking the day
with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year.

SEASON’S GREETINGS! FELIZ NAVIDAD! JOYOUS NÖEL! HAPPY KWANZAA!

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Happy Winter Solstice and Happy Festivus 2017!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HANNUKAH!
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Happy Festivus!
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Happy Festivus!

And my how the little girls have grown!

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September 2016

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

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And Christmastime’s A’Comin’!

So, we had an early Christmas dinner too last night.

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Happy Winter Solstice! Early Christmas Dinner!

On the Menu: Turkey breast, stuffing, green beans and cranberry sauce

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Have you been naughty or nice this year?

Why so negative?
That’s just your opinion, man.
Lump of coal for you.

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Twelfth Night!

Twelfth Night!
January 6, 2017

“On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me

Twelve Drummers Drumming!”

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“If music be the food of love, play on!”
-Duke Orsino Twelfth Night Act I, scene I by William Shakespeare

Nevermind the religion…
Twelfth Night on January 6th has always been the date we use to mark the end of the winter Holiday Season. Also, it’s the name of a Shakespeare play that we like. And if they’re going to sell Christmas for 3 months beforehand, we should get to appreciate and celebrate the entire Twelve Days of Christmas! This year (2017) Twelfth Night (January 6th) falls on a Friday, so we get to extend the holiday for one more weekend, even though we’re expecting a monster storm to hit hard in Los Angeles Saturday through Monday.

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Originally a Catholic holiday, the Feast of the Epiphany, the actual Elizabethan festival of Twelfth Night became a day of revelry. Servants dressed as their masters, men dressed as women and women as men. The festive ritual and role reversal was based on the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia. It involved the antics of a Lord of Misrule, who before leaving his temporary position of authority, would call for entertainment, songs and mummery: comedic plays performed by costumed amateur actors (traditionally all male) at feasts and functions in exchange for money and/or food.

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“Some are born great, some achieve greatness,
and some have greatness thrown upon them.”
– Feste, the Clown

Shakespeare’s comedic play “Twelfth Night, or What You Will” was written to be performed as a Twelfth Night entertainment. The earliest known performance took place at Middle Temple Hall on Candlemas night, February 2, 1602, the formal end of Christmastide in England. It may have been staged a year earlier in a private performance for Elizabeth I before the Court at Whitehall Palace on Twelfth Night, January 6th, 1601.

The influence of English folk tradition can be found in the play, particularly in Feste the clown’s songs and dialogue. Many elements are reversed in the tradition of Twelfth Night: a woman dressing as a man, and a servant imagining that he can become a nobleman. Shakespeare also chose to fictionalized Illyria, an ancient region in southern Europe on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, as the romantic setting for the story.

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Twelfth Night or What You Will” by William Shakespeare

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The Wisdom of Feste the Clown:jester-with-puppet

“Well, God give them wisdom that have it; and those 
that are fools, let them use their talents.”

“Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage”

“Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun, 
it shines every where.”

“Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.”

“There is no darkness but ignorance.”

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Feste’s Song (at the conclusion of Act V):

“When that I was and a little tiny boy, 
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, 
A foolish thing was but a toy, 
    For the rain it raineth every day. 
But when I came to man’s estate, 
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, 
’Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate, 
    For the rain it raineth every day. 
But when I came, alas! to wive, 
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, 
By swaggering could I never thrive, 
    For the rain it raineth every day. 
But when I came unto my beds, 
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, 
With toss-pots still had drunken heads, 
    For the rain it raineth every day. 
A great while ago the world begun, 
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, 
But that’s all one, our play is done, 
    And we’ll strive to please you every day.”
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So, is it really unlucky to leave Christmas decorations hanging after Twelfth Night?

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Twelfth Night 2016

 

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…And a Partridge in a Pear Tree!


GOOD SHABBOS! Shabbat Shalom!
Happy Twelfth Night! Let’s Feast!

“Old Christmas is past, Twelfth Night is the last,
And we bid you adieu, great joy to the new!”

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On The Menu: NY Steak, sautéed onions, roasted red potatoes, steamed broccoli & carrots, bread & butter and an iced espresso. Later for dessert, 2 chocolate covered custard filled donuts and an espresso.

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Ladyfingers Recipe for the Feast of St. Stephen and to celebrate Boxing Day!

LADYFINGERS RECIPE
(from “The Joy of Cooking”)

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*for the Feast of St. Stephen and to celebrate Boxing Day*
Makes about 30 Small Cakes

“Saint Stephen with a rose
In and out of the garden he goes
Country garland in the wind and the rain
Wherever he goes the people all complain”

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Have ingredients at about 75 degrees.

Sift: 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
Sift before measuring: 1/3 cup cake flour and Resift 3 times!

1 whole egg
2 egg yolks
Beat until thick and lemon colored

2 egg whites
Whip until stiff, but not dry

Add and Fold the sifted sugar gradually into the whipped egg whites.
Beat the mixture until it thickens again.
Add and Fold in the egg yolk mixture and:
Add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Add and Fold in the sifted cake flour.

Shape the dough into oblongs with a paper tube
Place the dough on ungreased paper on a baking sheet;
or pour into greased ladyfinger molds.

Bake about 12 minutes at 375 degrees.

Remove the baking sheet from oven.
Immediately slide the parchment paper (with the ladyfingers) onto a wire rack.
Let cool for just a minute and remove them from the paper using a flat spatula or knife.
Cool completely on wire rack. (If they cool before removing them, they may stick and are hard to remove without breaking)

Ladyfingers are best fresh on the day they are made. To freeze, place in a plastic bag between layers of wax or parchment paper and store frozen for up to one month.

Ladyfingers are long, thin sponge cakes shaped like a large finger. Also known as Boudoir biscuits, sponge biscuits, sponge fingers, Naples biscuits, Savoy biscuits and biscuits la cuiller. They can be served with desserts like ice creams, custards and coffees, and they are used as a component in other desserts. Ladyfingers can be either soft and cakey or dry and crispy, but they always have a sponge-like texture. Their texture makes them a perfect choice for soaking up flavors, which is why they are frequently used in other desserts. Ladyfingers are usually plain with a neutral taste, but can be flavored with any extract, a bit of citrus zest, cocoa or spice to give them a flavor that stands out.

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Tiramisu made with Ladyfingers

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“Stephen prosper in his time 
Well he may and he may decline
Did it matter? does it now? 
Stephen would answer if he only knew how”

St. Stephen’s Day (Lá Fhéile Stiofáin) or the Day of the Wren (Lá an Dreoilín),
commemorates the life of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr who was stoned to death. The second day of Christmas is also called Boxing Day, Wren Day or Constitution Day.

St. Stephen’s Feast Day (Il giorno di Santo Stefano) is celebrated as a public holiday in Italy, the United Kingdom, most of Europe and Canada on December 26.

Traditionally in the United Kingdom, Boxing Day was a holiday when employers gave money, food, tools, cloth, clothing or other valuable goods to their employees. In modern times, Boxing Day is a bank holiday and a day for sporting events and the start of post-Christmas sales. Some schools, businesses and organization are closed for the entire week between Christmas and New Years Day.

St. Wenceslaus was a Bohemian prince born in 903 AD and killed in 938 AD. He is the patron Saint of Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) and his Feast is on September 28. The Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslaus” uses an old medieval melody about springtime, “Tempus adest florid” and mentions the Feast of St. Stephen:

“Good King Wenceslaus looked out on the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even.
Brightly shone the moon that night, though the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight, gathering winter fuel.”

St. Stephen was the first Deacon of the Christian church. A Deacon is supposed to care for the poor and St. Stephen’s Day is a day of charity for giving food, money and other items to servants, sevice workers, and the needy. St. Stephen is also the patron of stone masons, people with headaches and horses.

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St. Stephen was Stoned To Death

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“Saint Stephen” performed by the Grateful Dead
written by Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Robert Hunter
originally released on the 1969 studio album “Aoxomoxoa”
Saint Stephen/Not Fade Away/Saint Stephen/Morning Dew
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A recording of the Grateful Dead at Barton Hall, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on 5/8/77 was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2012!

“Did he doubt or did he try?
Answers aplenty in the bye and bye
Talk about your plenty, talk about your ills
One man gathers what another man spills”

and HAPPY BOXING DAY!

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Muhammad Ali RIP

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