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>
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/

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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December 2017

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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HAPPY HANNUKAH 2017!

HAPPY HANNUKAH 2017!

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Happy Hannukah 2017!

“Chag Sameach!” (Happy Holiday in Hebrew)

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Happy Hannukah 2017!

Wishing all my friends and loyal readers
a very happy, safe and celebratory holiday season!

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Happy Hannukah 2017! It’s beginning to look a lot like latkes!

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.

On the first night of Hannukah we also made a tasty meatloaf and steamed broccoli & carrots with our potato latkes for Hannukah dinner:

 

And then we sat down and ate our lovely meal while we watched the election results from Alabama come in.

And of course don’t forget your Jew attorney!*
(now time for some POLITICAL COMMENTARY!)

 

The Hannukah Miracle of 2017:
RACIST REPUBLICAN BIGOT AND PEDOPHILE ROY MOORE LOST THE ALABAMA SPECIAL ELECTION FOR THE U.S. SENATE to Democrat Doug Jones tonight!

Let’s review where the United States is now since the Russians stole the 2016 election:

 

*Trump endorsed a racist Republican pedophile for the United States Senate
(and the Republican party supported this criminal’s campaign).

Roy Moore’s wife Kayla’s election eve soundbite — “One of our attorneys is a Jew” — became an instant punchline, summing up “good ole boy” Republican Roy Moore’s long history of hate, bigotry, anti-semitism and racism.

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Kayla Moore: “One of our attorneys is a Jew”

“Fake news would tell you that we don’t care for Jews,” she told supporters, reading from notes as Roy Moore stood behind her. “I tell you all of this because I’ve seen it all, so I just want to set the record straight while they’re here.”

She waved to the reporters in the back of the room — many of them from New York and Washington — as the audience laughed, applauded and whistled, and Roy Moore smiled.

“One of our attorneys is a Jew” she said with a smirk and a sarcastic tone.

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Thank you Kayla Moore (you ignorant @#$*)

NOTE: Huge thanks to the African-American population of Alabama for coming out and voting to save the United States from a “cracker, ass, cracker” like racist Roy Moore.

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Happy Hannukah 2017!



 

AND NOW A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:

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SUPPORT NET NEUTRALITY!

SUPPORT NET NEUTRALITY (only takes a few minutes)
1. On a computer, (not your phone!), go to:
www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express
2. Enter under “Proceeding” the numbers 17-108.
3. In comments, say you support Title 2 oversight of ISPs. 
Also say that you support net neutrality.
*Fill in the form carefully; they’ve made it less friendly and impossible to fill in by phone, on purpose.
*Don’t be silenced. Do it now. Pass it on.



 

 

More Good Advice!

Here is some More Good Advice and wisdom: (ripped from the interweb)

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“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”
– Carrie Fisher RIP, Wishful Drinking, 2008

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photo and needlepoint credit: Dawn Taylor

Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Happy mental states may also reflect judgements by a person about their overall well-being.

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The Lightswitch in the Bathroom at KJ’s House

Happiness has traditionally been considered an elusive and evanescent thing.
To some, even trying to achieve it is an exercise in futility.

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – The Declaration of Independence of the United States

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“Happiness runs in a circular motion
Thought is like a little boat upon the sea
Everybody is a part of everything anyway
You can have everything if you let yourself be”
– Donovan

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Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author’s imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. These activities include production of works of art, criticism of art, study of art history and the aesthetic dissemination of art.

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“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau

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“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” – Michelangelo

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“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Making money is art
and working is art
and good business is the best art.”

– Andy Warhol

 

 

 

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“Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.” – Ansel Adams

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“Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?” – M.C. Escher

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“The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.” – Orson Welles

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“I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don’t need.” – Auguste Rodin

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“Art in the classroom not only spurs creativity,
it also inspires learning.”
– Mickey Hart

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“Art is what you can get away with.” – Andy Warhol

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“When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear.” – Alfred Eisenstaedt

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“The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.”
– Dale Carnegie

 

“A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.”
– Eugene Ionesco

 

“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.”
– Paul Cezanne

 

“Art does not reproduce what we see; it makes us see.” – Paul Klee

 

 

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“The show business has all phases and grades of dignity,
from the exhibition of a monkey
to the exposition of that highest art in music
or the drama which secures for the gifted artists
a world-wide fame princes well might envy.”

– P.T. Barnum

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“Life doesn’t imitate art, it imitates bad television.” – Woody Allen

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“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” – Leonardo da Vinci

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“Dance is the most fundamental of all art forms.” – Twyla Tharp

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“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.” – Madonna

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“Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.” – Herbie Hancock

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From Dawn Taylor “Rules For Living”:

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“Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note-for-note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry, you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy Don’t worry, be happy now
Ooo-oo-hoo-hoo-oo hoo-hoo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo Don’t worry
Woo-oo-woo-oo-woo-oo-ooo Be happy
Woo-oo-oo-oo-ooo Don’t worry, be happy!”

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“Don’t worry, be happy
‘Cause when you worry your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
Don’t worry, be happy!”

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NOTE: Memes and Quotes are just here to help. If you require real inspiration or serious psychological help, we are not responsible or liable for anything. Your results may vary.

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)
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Monday. Blue Monday.

Blue Monday.

Just take it easy…. (you’re not alone)

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The Puppies with Pink Bellies!

“Blue Monday, how I hate blue Monday/Got me workin’ like a slave all day
Here comes Tuesday, oh hard Tuesday/I’m so tired, I’ve got no time to play
Here come Wednesday I’m beat to my side/My girl calls, I gotta tell her that I’m out
‘Cause Thursday is a hard-workin’ day and Friday I get my pay
Saturday morning, oh, Saturday morning/All my tired has gone away
Got my money and my honey/And I’m out on the scene to play
Sunday morning my head is bad/But it’s worth it, all the times I had
But I’ve got to get my rest/Cause Monday is a mess”
– sung by Fats Domino, written by Dave Bartholomew

Blue Monday is typically the third Monday of January reported to be the most depressing day of the year…

Seasonal depression factors (bad weather, holiday bills, politics, etc.) are coming together this year on Blue Monday and additional concerns make 2017’s this Blue Monday even more depressing than other years.

“The deaths of so many celebrities, many in their 50s and 60s, has also worried people by reminding them of their own mortality.”

NOTE: The day after election day, November 9, 2016, overall happiness fell to around 55 points, the lowest ever recorded since the app began, and lower than any other Blue Mondays according to the Mappiness database.

“In almost six and a half years, there has been no day more miserable than Wednesday 9 Nov, the day the US election was called for Donald Trump.”

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Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and depression may make you feel as if life isn’t worth living.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away!

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“Depression? Questions to Ask – Before Giving Up!”
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“DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY!” – Bobby McFerrin

“Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note-for-note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry, you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy Don’t worry, be happy now
Ooo-oo-hoo-hoo-oo hoo-hoo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooo Don’t worry
Woo-oo-woo-oo-woo-oo-ooo Be happy
Woo-oo-oo-oo-ooo Don’t worry, be happy!”
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“Don’t worry, be happy
‘Cause when you worry your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
Don’t worry, be happy!”

GET HAPPY!

JANUARY 2017! #NotMyPresident

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JANUARY 2017!
“TEMPUS FUGIT!”

Where did the month go?
What’s happening?
What’s going on?

Will I wake up and this will all be just a dream? How did this happen?

Friday January 20 2017
TRUMP’S INAUGURATION?

#NotMyPresident
#ComradeTrump
#LoserTrump
#NeverTrump
#DumpTrump
#ResistTrump

TELL THE USA TO DUMP TRUMP!

http://www.facebook.com/usadumptrump

The United States has elected a CRIMINAL CON MAN with no morals or ethics. Trump is ignorant and can barely read. He doesn’t know history, politics, world geography, science or correct grammar. He surrounds himself with the worst people. He has ties to Putin and Russia. He is guilty of treason, fraud and sexual assault. Trumpsters take your victory lap today, because the future doesn’t look good for people who won’t wear a red cap and everyone else. Trump belongs in prison not the White House.

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“SHUT THE F*CK UP DONNY!”
10 Reasons to DumpTrump:
Trump is an Ignorant, Racist, Sexist, Anti-Semetic, Pathological Liar!
Trump mocks the Disabled, war heroes, POWs, Veterans and Gold Star Families!
Trump disparages Women, Mexicans, Latinos, Muslims and African-Americans!
Trump sexually assaults women and is an alleged rapist!
Trump lies, cheats and steals from hard working people!
Trump insults world leaders and threatens our international alliances!
Trump has business dealing with Russia, China, Mexico, Cuba and Saudi Arabia!
Trump admitted to not paying Federal Taxes and still hasn’t released his TAX RETURNS!
Trump is responsible for the BIRTHER LIE and continues to insult President Obama!
Trump denies Climate Change and calls it a Hoax perpetrated by China!

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Doonesbury nails Trump’s pre-inaugural press conference!

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THE WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON (and the USA) on Saturday, January 21, 2017:

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Washington DC 500,000+
LA 500,000 +
NYC 300,000 +
Chicago 250,000
Denver 200,000
Seattle 150,000
Boston 125,000
Madison Wi 100,000
Portland 100,000
St Paul 100,000
Atlanta 60,000
Austin 50,000
Philadelphia 50,000
Raleigh 18,000
Des Moines 26,000
Pittsburgh 25,000
San Diego 22,000
Nashville 20,000
Santa Ana 20,000
St Petersburg 17,000
Cleveland 15,000
Oklahoma City 12,000 +
Kansas City,MO 10,000
Charlotte 10,000
Ithaca 10,000
Greensboro 8,000
Montpelier VT 8,000 + (pop 10,000 many I 89 exits shut down)
Asheville 10,000
Albuquerque 10,000
Tallahassee 10,000+
West Palm Beach 7,000
Orlando 6,000
Tucson 5,000
Trenton 5,000
Athens Ga 4500
Doylestown, PA 2,000.
Hillsborough (my town!) 2000
Harrisburg PA 1,100
Jonesborough TN 1000+
Saskatoon 800-1000 (pop 260k)
Palmer AK 800
Murray KY 700
Black Mt NC 400
Morganton NC 500
Houghton / Hancock Michigan: 300+
and on and on and on.and the whole world. wow. It was YUUUUUUGE!

#GrabYourWallet #GrabThemByTheWallet
BOYCOTT TRUMP!
(and all the companies that support him)

Boycott Trump Buildings, Trump Hotels, Trump Golf Courses, Other Trump Products, FOX News and Other Network Channels, NBC, The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice and their Sponsors, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, MACY’S, SPENCER’S, NORDSTROMS, Duck Commander and “Duck Dynasty”, The Venetian and Palazzo Hotels & Casinos (Las Vegas Sands owned by Sheldon Adelson), Papa John’s Pizza, KOCH Industry Products, The UFC and WWE(World Wrestling Federation), Hobby Lobby, Lending Tree, PayPal, Coors, Chick-Fil-A, Home Depot, TD Bank, New Balance and more!

The Official #GrabYourWallet Boycott List of Companies that Do Business with and/or Back the Trump Family> http://www.grabyourwallet.org

On Inauguration Day: 1/20/2017
Gas $2.39 gal
Dow 19,819
NASDAQ 5560.7
Unemployment 4.7% (7.8mil)
Mortgage rate 4.5% 30-year fix
USA GDP 16.7 Trillion
Current US Debt 20.1 Trillion
Middle Class 49.9%
Homeless 1.56 mil
Avg cost 1 collage $33,480 at private colleges, $9,650 for state residents at public colleges, and $24,930 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.
Copy and paste so we can see if “America will be great.”

And in Other January News….

TRAVEL ALERT!
RAIN! RAIN! COLD RAIN AND SNOW!

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Bad weather? Missed Flight? Travel Emergency? Who ya gonna to call?

SHARE! Check your trees! After heavy rain & snow broken branches (“Widow Makers”) and/or the whole tree may be ready to fall! Be Careful! At least two of my friends had trees fall on their property causing big damage this weekend! SHARE!

UPDATE: So, speaking of falling trees, this morning about 4am this oak tree fell on the neighbor’s house… (I was awake and heard it crash, it was loud and woke up the dogs)
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I love the sound of chainsaws in the morning…
sounds like ….Victory. Someday this rain’s gonna end.

Cold Winter Storms from the Arctic hit the USA hard this month!
Record snowfall and low temperatures across the country!
California and the West Coast finally got rain, snow and some drought relief!

THIS MONTH! Frigid Polar air and a brutal winter freeze with record breaking Arctic Cold is happening right now in the United Kingdom, Russia and Europe!
And the Sub-Zero Temperatures are forecast until MARCH!

There was exceptionally cold and snowy winter weather in the United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine and Eastern and Central Europe all this month! On January 7th, the coldest Orthodox Christmas in 120 years at −29.9 °C (−21.8 °F) was recorded in Moscow, Russia!
An Avalanche occurred on January 18th on Gran Sasso d’Italia in Rigopiano, in the Pescara province of Abruzzo, Italy destroying a four-star hotel and killing an unknown number of guests (at least 5 at the time of writing with many people still missing). There was record snowfall and a series of earthquakes in the region for days prior to the avalanche!

GO BRONCOS! Super Bowl 50 Champions: The Denver Broncos! GO BRONCOS!

NFL Football Playoff Sunday!
The Atlanta Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC Championship game earlier today and are going to the Superbowl! The New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers are currently playing to determine which AFC team will play against the Falcons (at the time of this writing the Patriots just scored another touchdown in the 3rd quarter and are winning 33-9……….). Yes. The Patriots won.

FINAL SCORE: New England 36-Pittsburgh 17

WINNERS:atl vs. nwe
The Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots are going to SUPERBOWL LI!

 LOSERS: gnb pit The Packers and the Steelers are going home.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5th is SUPERBOWL 51 in Houston, Texas!
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Kickoff is at 3:30pm PST
with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth.
Country music singer/songwriter Luke Bryan will sing the National Anthem.
Lady Gaga will be “performing” at the Halftime Show.
She performed the National Anthem at last year’s Super Bowl 50 (at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California) before
The “World Champion” Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10!

NOTE: CBS Sports PLEASE FIRE PHIL SIMMS! #FirePhilSimms #PhilSimmsQuotes

#FIREPHILSIMMS TWEETS (If you need a really good laugh, read these!):

CBS Sports PLEASE FIRE PHIL SIMMS! #FirePhilSimms #PhilSimmsQuotes

JANUARY 2017:
Eating / Bacon and Beef! Fresh Fruits and Veggies
Drinking / Cran-Raspberry and Orange Juice, Espresso (hot & iced)
Practicing / Patience & Tolerance
Mastering / 2 Little Puppies and the Big Boy
Learning / To Fly (David Gilmore/Pink Floyd reference)
Trying / New Recipes – See the Previous Blogs!
Playing / With the Puppies! MyVegas Slots “Excalibur” Game (on facebook)
Finishing / New Blogs!
Reading / Wikipedia
Writing / This Blog (and other Blog posts)
Remembering / Nina, Bessie and Otis (of Blessed Memory)
Wearing / A Warm Bathrobe and stinky Slippers
Cooking / Breakfast & Dinner! Steak-On-A-Steak!
Working / Hardly…
Traveling / Locally (and wanting to take a road trip)
Wanting / More. (much, much MORE!)

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!

Read the New Blog> Happy Chinese New Year!

Read the New Blog> Party At Ground Zero! (with a Pentagon Cold War story)
http://wp.me/p3dhVM-6IY (also a Tribute to 9/11 and the World Trade Center)

Read the New Blog> “Where’s The Beef?”  (with the story of Clara Peller)
http://wp.me/p3dhVM-7ar (Vegans & Vegetarians might want to avoid this one)

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Clara Peller (August 4, 1902 – August 11, 1987)


THE RECIPE BLOGS!
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We spent a lot of time over the MLK 3-day weekend working on these Blogs. We were babysitting the puppies who were recovering from their “Lady Parts” surgery the previous week.

These recipes are collected from our computers’ hard drives and these pages and Blogs will remain “UNDER CONSTRUCTION” as we continue adding fun stuff to each one as we find it. Enjoy!

“Anyone can cook!” – Chef Gusteau

NOTE: You don’t have to be a Master Chef to try some of our recipes! There are all kinds of fun tips and tricks and more than a few “tasty” pics to enjoy!

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FUN COOKING RECIPES (Updated! And Julia Child’s “The French Chef” added)

https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/fun-cooking-recipes/

Disney’s Secret Recipes (New!)
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More Fun Recipes (New!)
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Cooking With Kenny Rogers – DOLE Cookbook Recipes (New!)
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FUN COCKTAIL RECIPES (Updated!)
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/cocktails/

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The Bar at The Happy New Year’s Eve House Party 2017

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! 
恭喜發財! Happy Chinese New Year 2017! 新年好呀!新年好呀!
The Spring Festival begins on Saturday, January 28 at midnight.

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THE YEAR OF THE RED FIRE ROOSTER! 祝贺大家新年好!
(or Chicken, referring to barnyard fowl of either sex)
The “Start of Spring” is February 3rd according to the Chinese solar calendar.

Read the New Blog> HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR 2017!

 

SUPERBOWL 51 in Houston, Texas!
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5th, 2017 – 3:30pm PST
NFL Superbowl website: http://www.nfl.com/super-bowl
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HOLIDAY MUSIC PLAYLIST 2016

HOLIDAY MUSIC PLAYLIST 2016

“Well way up north where the air gets cold/
There’s a tale about Christmas/That you’ve all been told/
And a real famous cat all dressed up in red/
And he spends all year workin’ out on his sled”
       ~The Beach Boys “Little Saint Nick”

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
HAPPY HANNUKAH & MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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HAPPY HANNUKAH & MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Let’s begin our musical journey through the 2016 holiday by getting “Old School”:

Get Down, Get Funky Christmas! Run DMC “Christmas in Hollis” 1987
with animation from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” >

“It’s Christmas time in Hollis Queens/Mom’s cooking chicken and collard greens/
Rice and stuffing, macaroni and cheese/And Santa put gifts under Christmas trees/
Decorate the house with lights at night/Snow’s on the ground, snow white so bright/
In the fireplace is the yule log/Beneath the mistletoe as we drink egg nog”

How about “Christmas Rappin'” with Kurtis Blow from 1979?! >

“Bout a red-suited dude with a friendly attitude
And a sleigh full of goodies for the people on the block
Got a long white beard, maybe looks kind a weird
And if you ever see him, he could give you quite a shock”

Then sample a couple happy numbers from (recommended) Christmas films:

Do some “Rubberneckin'” by Elvis Presley
From “Fred Clause” with Vince Vaughn >

And then here’s the ultimate Christmas Cool:

Frank, Dean & Sammy! (with a cameo from Bing)
Ho Ho Ho! “Don’t Be A Do Badder” reprise
From “Robin and The Seven Hoods” >

and Frank & Dean sing “Marshmallow World” for a TV Christmas Special in 1967 >

And just to make sure it’s a very “White Christmas”:

A Christmas Classic! “Jingle Bell Rock” From “The Lawrence Welk Show”
with Bob Ralston, his wife and kids (and maybe just a little rock guitar) >

Jingle Your Bells with Earl Scruggs RIP and the Bluegrass Allstars! >
(Produced and directed by Jon Grimson for Gibson Guitar Corp. This historic session was recorded with 2 cameras and 2 takes. Earl Scruggs with sons Randy and Gary, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs and Phil Leadbetter play “Jingle Bells” on the strings)

USAF BAND 2016 Holiday “flashmob”
at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington DC >
(Since 2013 the USAF Band has created a holiday video with a “flashmob”)

And Santa Claus Comes Tonight! (a repeat from our 2015 Holiday Playlist)
“Here Comes Santa Claus” by Gene Autry, the Singing Cowboy
From “The Cowboy and the Indians” 1949 >

Have a California Christmas with the Beach Boys!
“Little Saint Nick” from “Shindig” 1964 >

Happy Festivus Friday!
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART – DIDDY WAH DIDDY

A CHRISTMAS TRADITION (We really miss David Letterman & Paul Schaffer)
Darlene Love “Christmas Baby Please Come Home” from “The Late Show” >

“And to all a good night!” >

“The Merry Xmas Song” by Pink Floyd 1969

Here comes Santa in his sleigh/Those silver bells they sound so gay/
His shiny sleigh is heaped with toys/To give to all good girls and boys

With dolls and gollywogs and clockwork trains
Trams, tin soldiers and little model planes
Going to fill your stocking so long as you’ve been good
And I’m sure that you have because you know you should

Middle eight!

“Have I got to sing that?”
“Yes!”
“No you don’t sing, you just say it.”
“Okay.”
“All right?”
“Right.”
“One, two, three…”

Cheerful face is wreathed in smiles/Can see him coming for miles and miles/
As he passes by he’ll catch your ear/ With “Merry Christmas guys and a Happy New Year!”

“Man!”
“Shout that as a cheery Christmas greeting, Alan.”
“Yeah, shout that one out, right?”

Turkey and sausages and Christmas pud/”Have another helping John!”/
Oh, I don’t think I could/Christmas parcels under the tree/
None for you and six for me!

“The Merry Xmas Song” was written for a one-off performance on BBC Radio in 1969.

AND FOR ALL MY ABSENT FRIENDS AND FAMILY
(and my little girls Nina and Bessie of blessed memory):
“Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd >

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Merry What Have You…. The Dude Abides.

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Happy Hannukah! “May The Force Be With You!”

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Happy Holidays! Goodbye 2016!

Goodbye 2016!
Happy Holidays from JoshWillTravel!

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Here’s my “Internet Holiday Card” to all my online friends:

HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE!
HAPPY FESTIVUS, CHRISTMAS, HANNUKAH & KWANZAA HOLIDAYS!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!
HAPPY TRAVELS IN THE NEW YEAR!

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James Kahlo RIP – Father Time/Old Man New Year – Dickens Christmas Fair – San Francisco

It’s Monday, December 19th and we can’t wait for this year to be over…

HAPPY TRAVELS!

Cold Rain & Snow = Winter Holiday Travel Delays! Be Careful Out There!

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Monday’s Holiday Week Forecast: “Baby it’s cold outside!”

Well, the weather outside is frightful for a lot of people.
Here in Los Angeles it’s really delightful! We are having our West Coast Winter again.

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Flights Cancelled! Baggage Claim at Denver International Airport

People just have to travel for the holidays. You must know that traveling during the Winter Holidays is a crazy thing to subject yourself to… bad traffic, long lines, weather delays, irritated crowds and overworked staff are guaranteed to be part of the experience. We always advise you plan ahead, use a travel agent and buy travel insurance, especially if you’re flying or cruising during the holiday season.

Out here in California it’s cool and clear with blue skies and sunshine while most of the nation is suffering Arctic cold and blizzard conditions. We had a rainstorm or two come through last week, and it’s definitely “sweater weather” in Southern California with some nighttime temperatures getting into the 40s & 50s! We’ll just say “Sorry” for all you folks shoveling mountains of snow, driving in dangerous conditions, or just freezing your asses off. Stay warm and safe!

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Happy Holidays! Yosemite Valley – First Snow of the Season!

We are “home for the holidays” again this year. White Christmas? Green Christmas? Here in Los Angeles you can decide. There was snow on the Grapevine (the top of the 5 freeway north where it crests on the way to Bakersfield) during the storms last week. There’s snow and skiing/snowboarding in the nearby San Gabriel mountains, Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear; or you can have cocktails at the beach or picnic in the park….
or both on the same day.

And currently, as we write this part of the Blog, it is 71 degrees at 2:30pm on Tuesday, December 20 and there’s a puppy asleep in my lap and another asleep in the playpen next to me. They are such sweet little girls! (and at 5pm today in Chicago it’s only 28 degrees)

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Puppy Laptime Naptime!


HAPPY FESTIVUS! December 23rd – 
“the festival for the rest of us”

A family tradition of “Seinfeld” writer Dan O’Keefe, Festivus entered popular culture in 1997 in the episode “The Strike” The holiday celebration includes a Festivus dinner, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, the “Airing of Grievances”, “Feats of Strength” and easily explainable events witnessed as “Festivus Miracles!”

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Happy Festivus! “We Shall Begin With The Airing of Greivances!”

“I’ve got a lot of problems with you people, and now you’re going to hear about it!”

The English word festive derives from Latin “festivus” an adjective meaning “excellent, jovial and/or lively” which in turn derives from festus “joyous; holiday, feast day”.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS! December 24 & 25

Happy birthday Jesus! December 25 was the date of the winter solstice on the Roman calendar. The prominence of Christmas Day celebration increased gradually after Charlemagne was crowned Emperor on Christmas Day in the year 800 and then William I (the Conqueror) of England was crowned on Christmas Day 1066. In Colonial America, the Pilgrims of New England shared the Protestant’s (Puritan) disapproval of Christmas, and in 1620, they spent their first Christmas Day in the New World working to demonstrate their complete contempt for the holiday. Christmas observance was outlawed in Boston in 1659 by the Puritans and the ban wasn’t revoked until 1681. George Washington crossed the Delaware and attacked hungover Hessian (German) mercenaries during the Battle of Trenton on December 26, 1776, the day after Christmas. The holiday being much more popular in Germany than in America at the time.

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Happy Holidays! The Citadel Outlets in Commerce, California 2016

The practice of special decorations at Christmas began in the 15th century: in London it was the custom at Christmas for every house and all the parish churches to be “decked with holm, ivy, bays, and whatsoever the season of the year afforded to be green.” Holly was seen as protection against pagans and witches: its thorns and red berries represent the Crown of Thorns and the blood Jesus shed.

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Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas 2014

The traditional Christmas colors are red, green, and gold. Red for the blood of Jesus shed at his crucifixion, green for eternal life and the evergreen tree, which does not lose its leaves in the winter, and gold for royalty is associated with the three gifts of the Magi.

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Kevin Brown RIP as Charles Dickens at the Great Dickens Fair in San Francisco

In 1843, Charles Dickens wrote the novel “A Christmas Carol” credited with reviving the spirit of Christmas, seasonal merriment and emphasizing family, goodwill, compassion and redemption. The term Scrooge became a synonym for miser, and “Bah! Humbug!” a statement dismissive of the festive spirit. Also in England in 1843, the concept of sending greetings cards at Christmas was created and the first commercial Christmas card was produced by Sir Henry Cole.

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The first commercially produced Christmas card made by Henry Cole in 1843

The Christmas tree was introduced in the early 19th century in England. In 1832, the future Queen Victoria wrote about having a Christmas tree hung with lights, ornaments and surrounded with presents. An image of the British royal family with their Christmas tree at Windsor Castle created a sensation when it was published in the Illustrated London News in 1848. A modified version of this image was published in the United States in 1850 and by the 1870s putting up a Christmas tree had become common in America.

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2016 Arrives in NYC!

CLICK ON ANY SMALL PIC TO SEE A LARGER PIC AND VIEW THE GALLERY!

The Christmas tree is considered by some as “Christianization” of pagan tree worship tradition and ritual of the Winter Solstice. The English language phrase “Christmas tree” was first recorded in 1835. Other traditional decorations include garlands, mistletoe & holly, poinsettia, bells, candles, candy canes, stockings, wreaths, snowmen and angels.

Where’s Waldo? Mele Kalikimaka!

A number of figures are associated with Christmas and the giving of gifts. Among these are Father Christmas aka Santa Claus from the Dutch Sinterklaas for Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle; Père Noël, Saint Basil, the Weihnachtsmann, the Christkind,  Joulupukki, Babbo Natale and Ded Moroz. The Scandinavian tomte is sometimes depicted as a gnome. Of course, the best known of these figures today is red-dressed Santa Claus.

The exchange of gifts is the modern commercial Christmas celebration, making it the most profitable time of year for retailers and businesses throughout the world. Gift giving is based in the Roman celebration of Saturnalia, the Christian tradition associated with St. Nicholas and the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh which were given to the baby Jesus by the three wise men.

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Thursday’s Holiday Item: Bendable Santa and a Happy Xmas Peanut M&M

 

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Mele Kalikimaka! Wishing you a Happy Christmas!

Christmas Day is the least active day of the year for business and commerce in most Western nations. Retail, commercial and institutional businesses are closed for the holiday and almost all industries cease activity (more than any other day of the year).

HAPPY HANNUKAH! December 24-31

Hannukah is the Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt (167-165 BC) against the Seleucid Empire. Also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication it is celebrated for eight nights beginning on the 25th day of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar (late November to December on the Gregorian calendar).

Hanukkah became more widely celebrated in America in the 1970s, when Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson called for public awareness and observance of the festival and encouraged the lighting of public menorahs. And for secular Jews it became an alternative to Christmas celebrations, a celebration of religious freedom and a symbol of Jewish identity.

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Happy Hannukah! Light the Menorah!

The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of the nine-branched Menorah (also called a Chanukiah/Hanukiah). The extra candle is called a shamash (Hebrew for attendant) and is given a distinct location usually above the rest. Light the shamash candle first and then use it to light the others. Three blessings are recited when lighting the candles: On the first night recite all three blessings and on all subsequent nights recite only the first two.

The tradition of lighting one additional candle on each night of the eight night holiday commemorates the miracle declared by Jewish sages: According to the Talmud, unadulterated and undefiled pure olive oil with the seal of the kohen gadol (high priest) was needed for the eternal flame in the Temple, which was required to burn throughout the night every night. One flask of oil was found, only enough oil to burn for one day, yet it burned for eight, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply.

Homemade Jelly Donuts

Jelly Donuts (Sufganiyot)

Traditionally, fried foods, potato pancakes (latkes) and jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot) are eaten to commemorate the importance of oil during the celebration of Hanukkah, gifts are given each night and children are gifted with cash money called Gelt (Yiddish for money). Giving Hannukah Gelt dates back to the East European custom of children gifting their teachers money at this time of year as a token of gratitude.

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Friday’s Holiday Item: Dreidels and Hannukah Gelt ($)

Dreidel: a small four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side, a gambling game played with a dreidel, especially at Hanukkah. The dreidel is a Jewish variant on the teetotum, a gambling toy found in many European cultures. Each side of the dreidel bears a letter of the Hebrew alphabet: נ (Nun), ג (Gimel), ה (He), ש (Shin), which together form the acronym for “נס גדול היה שם” (Nes Gadol Hayah Sham – “a great miracle happened there”) Nun stands for the Yiddish word nisht (“nothing”), He stands for halb (“half”), Gimel for gants (“all”), and Shin for shtel ayn (“put in”)

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Hannukah! Eight Crazy Nights!

In the United States and Israel it is common to give and/or exchange presents with friends and family. In addition, many families encourage giving tzedakah (charity to those less fortunate) during Hannukah.

In 1951, Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion gave Harry Truman a Hanukkah Menorah. In 1979, Jimmy Carter held the first public Hanukkah candle-lighting of the National Menorah on the White House lawn. In 1989, George H.W. Bush displayed a menorah in the White House. In 1993, Bill Clinton invited a group of schoolchildren to the Oval Office for a small ceremony. In 2001, George W. Bush held an official Hanukkah reception at the White House, along with the candle-lighting ceremony, and it has become an annual tradition attended by the United States’ Jewish leaders. In 2008, George Bush linked the occasion to the 1951 gift by using that menorah for the ceremony, with a grandson of Ben-Gurion and a grandson of Truman lighting the candles.

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Saturday’s Holiday Item: YUM YUM raspberry jelly filled, cinnamon roll & (not pictured) chocolate custard filled donuts!

HAPPY KWANZAA! December 26th – January 1st

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Kwanzaa celebrates its 50th year in 2016!

Created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate family, culture and heritage, the name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase meaning “first fruits” and is modeled after the harvest celebrations of Africa. The colors of Kwanzaa reflect the Pan-African movement and people of African descent worldwide: Black for people of color, red for blood that unites people of African ancestry, and green for Africa. 7 Principles and 7 Primary Symbols emphasize a unique set of values and ideals during the 7 days of Kwanzaa which is spelled with 7 letters. The first US postage stamp to commemorate Kwanzaa was issued in 1997. There have been 5 more designs released since.

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AND HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017! December 31st – January 1st

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San Francisco Civic Auditorium – New Year’s Eve 1984-85

AULD LANG SYNE
First recorded in 1939: Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians performed it every New Year’s Eve for decades until his death in 1977. His version is played immediately following the dropping of the ball in Times Square every year.

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup! and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne. CHORUS
We two have run about the slopes, and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot, since auld lang syne. CHORUS
We two have paddled in the stream, from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared since auld lang syne. CHORUS
And there’s a hand my trusty friend! And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne. CHORUS

“Auld Lang Syne” is a Scottish poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song traditionally used to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. (Hogmanay, the Scots word for the last day of the year is synonymous with the celebration of the New Year).

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Happy New Year 2017! Pour the Champagne! Don’t Drink and Drive!

Champagne: a sparkling wine produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France following rules that demand secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to create carbonation, specific vineyard practices, sourcing of grapes exclusively from Champagne and specific pressing regimes unique to the region. The term Champagne is used as a generic term for sparkling wine, but in many countries it’s illegal to label any wine Champagne unless it comes from the Champagne region and is produced under the special rules of the Champagne winemaking community (under the auspices of the Comité Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne – CIVC).

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Happy New Year!

Me at the beginning of 2016 versus me at the end of 2016:

“The Dude Abides”

To all my Friends and Followers,

The end of 2016 is a welcome relief. It has not been an easy year.
We are still struggling with the tragic loss of our precious little girls in August,
and now we have the new beautiful little girls in our life to love and train.
We are angry, anxious and depressed about the outcome of the 2016 election.
We are worried about the current condition and future direction of our country.

This year was also full of lots of fun, entertainment and good times.
(Read our past Blogs and visit our facebook and Twitter pages to see the fun!)
We hope to expand and increase our “fun tolerance level” in the coming new year.
There’s a secret plan ahead for JoshWillTravel in 2017,
so if you haven’t yet, be sure to “LIKE”, Follow, and stay connected with us. 

We wish you and yours a Happy Winter Solstice, a Happy Festivus,
a Happy Christmas-Hannukah-Kwanzaa and a very Happy New Year!

Goodbye 2016, and don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!

What does the FUTURE hold for us in the year 2017?

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Donald J. Trump – Baby New Year – New York City

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Festivus Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

The earliest Latin Christmas hymns appear in 4th-century Rome. Christmas Carols in English first appear in 1426 written by John Awdlay, a Shropshire chaplain, who lists twenty-five “Caroles of Cristemas” probably sung by groups of wassailers going house to house. The songs were originally communal folk songs sung during harvest celebrations as well as Christmas. Carols like “Personent hodie”, “Good King Wenceslas” and “The Holly and the Ivy” date back to the Middle Ages. “Adeste Fideles” (O Come all ye faithful) appears in its current form in the mid-18th century, although the words may have originated in the 13th century. Secular Christmas songs emerged in the late 18th century: “Deck the Halls” dates from 1784 and “Jingle Bells” was copyrighted in 1857.

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
~ Buddy the Elf

Musical Merry Christmas Countdown! Playlist 2015
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Buddy:
[thinking Miles is an elf]
Did you have to borrow a reindeer to get down here?

Miles Finch:
Hey, jackweed, I get more action in a week than you’ve had in your entire life. I’ve got houses in L.A., Paris and Vail. In each one, a 70 inch plasma screen. So I suggest you wipe that stupid smile off your face before I come over there and SMACK it off! You feeling strong, my friend? Call me elf one more time.

Buddy:
[after a pause]
He’s an angry elf.

[Miles promptly attacks him]

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Hollywood film studios release their big movies during the holiday season always including new Christmas films, big budget “blockbuster” fantasy movies and megastar powered dramas for consideration for the Academy Awards. And YES, “Die Hard” and “Lethal Weapon” are Christmas films.

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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“It’s A Wonderful Life” 1946
produced & directed by Frank Capra,
based on the short story “The Greatest Gift”

Teacher says,
Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”

 

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Mele Kalikimaka!

Mele Kalikimaka! (written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson)
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Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day
That’s the island greeting that we send to you from the land where palm trees sway
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun to shine by day and all the stars at night…

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Mele Kalikimaka!


Happy Memories!

A toast to absent friends and family,
and a toast to the blessed memory of everyone who left us in 2016!

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E. Caitlin Phillips RIP

“Another Year Gone!
Say Buh-Bye 2016…
A New Year Ahead!”

WE WISH YOU & EVERYONE YOU KNOW,
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Pop A Cork! (Photo By Niels Noordhoek)

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2017


 

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Sunday’s Holiday Item: 2016 Tournament of Roses – Rose Parade Drum Head

NOTE: The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl football game will be held this year on Monday, January 2, 2017, the New Year’s Day federal holiday!


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#WineWednesday Again!

It’s #WineWednesday Again!
Celebrate the end of November!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Make it “A December You Won’t Need to Remember!”

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Wine Tasting at the Belle Fiore Winery in Ashland, Oregon

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Dinner in the Backroom at Mozza Osteria in Hollywood!

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Wines, Single Malt Scotch and Tequila from Thanksgiving 2016

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Fine Wines and Finnish Chocolate from Thanksgiving 2015

 

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Party on the Patio at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset!

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Happy Birthday Sushi Time!

Happy Birthday Sushi Time! Great Dinner at Sushi Ichiban Kan!

Saturday night! Time to celebrate! Happy Birthday to me! It’s Sushi time!

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We love Sushi Ichiban Kan!
Our friend Hiro-san runs the best Japanese restaurant in the valley!

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Sushi Ichiban Kan in Tarzana/Woodland Hills, California

A FANTASTIC FISH!
ANOTHER WONDERFUL DISH!
SUSHI TIME YOU WISH!

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ON THE MENU: Tekka don dinner (tuna bowl with miso soup and small salad), stuffed squid, volcano, albacore sashimi, baked scallop california roll, yellowtail/salmon/bluefin tuna sushi, sunomono, blue crab cut roll, spicy tuna hand roll, spicy yellowtail cut roll, green tea ice cream, iced green tea and a large hot sake!

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Happy Birthday! Green Tea Ice Cream

NOTE: It was great dinner and I am truly thankful. However, the circumstances of the weekend made it impossible to actually enjoy the party in my honor. In case you missed the previous blogs, two of our dogs were killed Thursday night by coyotes in our fenced backyard. Pretty much everything related to dogs is a “trigger” for a wave of hard emotion (sadness, guilt, grief & anger) and my dinner companions kept talking about dogs, the tragedy, coyotes and wolf urine…. it was extremely uncomfortable from start to finish and not a happy distraction.

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So full of sushi. No Dessert! So birthday cake for dessert the next night!
One of my favorites: Boston Cream Pie from Bea’s Bakery!

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Boston Cream Pie from Bea’s Bakery