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Happy Chinese New Year 2021!

Happy Chinese New Year 2021!
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Happy Lunar New Year and Spring Festival!

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NOTE: We post a “Happy Chinese New Year!” Blog Post every year!
Every year our Blog Post gets better…. this one is the best.
Check out the links to our previous Blog Posts at the bottom of the page.

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February 12, 2021 – Happy Chinese New Year 2021!
HAPPY YEAR OF THE YIN SILVER METAL OX!

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The first day is for welcoming the deities of the heavens and earth.
It is tradition to light fireworks and firecrackers, burn bamboo sticks
and make as much noise as possible to chase off evil spirits.

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

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The Chinese (LUNAR) New Year Festival runs for 15 days,
The New Year Lantern Festival on February 26th is the final day of the festival.

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The 12 Animals of the Chinese Lunar Calendar (repeats every 12 years):
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And the Yin/Yang Five Elements:
Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth
The five elements are connected to five colors:
White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown.

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The Ox is the second sign in the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac.
The recent zodiac Years of the Ox sign: 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, and 2009

The Year of the Metal Ox hasn’t happened for 60 years! (not since 1961)
aka The Year of the Silver Buffalo, it is associated with hard work and serenity.

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The Lunar New Year falls on the day of the second New Moon after Winter Solstice.

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

“Worldwide peace” (天下太平—tiān xià tài píng)
“Longevity and fortune” (千秋万岁—qiān qiū wàn suì)

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

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

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People born in the Year of the Ox are faithful and trustworthy.
They have leadership qualities and a tendency to be stubborn and judgmental.
They also stick to their routines and they are good workers.
They are cautious, and that helps them to avoid misfortune.

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“May you realize all your ambitions”

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Please check out our Asian recipes and our previous Blog Post about The House of Chan Cookbook and Chinese Restaurant in New York City! (use the search box at top of page)

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Asian American Art Museum in San Francisco 

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

“For over 5,000 years the Chinese have celebrated the awakening of spring with Lunar New Year festivities. In the 1860’s the Chinese in San Francisco started the Chinese New Year Parade as a way to educate their community about Chinese cultural customs. Today, San Francisco’s Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Festival and Parade – a two week celebration including a Flower Fair, Community Fair, Jamboree, Run, and the Miss Chinatown USA Pageant and Ball – is the largest Lunar New Year celebration outside of Asia.
A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush, the Parade continues to delight and entertain the over one million people that come to watch it on the street and hundreds of thousands more who watch the live broadcast…
Nowhere in the world will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers , and of course, the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court. A crowd favorite is the spectacular 268′ Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”). It takes a team of over 100 men and women from the martial arts group, White Crane to carry this dragon throughout the streets of San Francisco.”

UPDATE: The San Francisco 2021 Chinese New Year Parade has been CANCELLED due to COVID-19 and concerns over large public gatherings. Instead a Parade Broadcast Special will air on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 6 pm PST on KTVU. and a there will only be a few small live public events. Info: @ChineseParade

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Prepping, inspecting, and wiring the lights in the new Golden Dragon for 2018

“The Dragon can ride mist and float on clouds in the sky, chase the storm and churn the waves in the sea, and summon wind and call for rain on the earth. More importantly, the Dragon symbolized the imperial power in the slave and feudal societies of China, and its image was exclusively used by the emperor.”

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

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“May your happiness be without limit”

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The Year of the Metal Ox is going to be lucky!
Focus on your relationships (friendship or love) this year!

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Scare the Demons away! Are you wearing your red underwear today?
The best way to avoid bad luck is to wear red.
Lucky Colors for 2021:
white/silver/gray and aqua blue attract luck, prosperity, and health

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

 

“Fai chun are traditional decorations that are frequently used during Lunar New Year.
People hang fai chun (red and gold paper signs with significant Chinese characters) on their doors to create a festive atmosphere. The phrases generally signify good luck and prosperity. Customarily, fai chun are written by hand, but for convenience, printed versions are mass-produced nowadays. The decorations are either square or rectangular in shape and can be displayed vertically or horizontally.”

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The Chinese character for Fu (for luck, happiness and prosperity)
features prominently in fai chun and are usually displayed upside down.
The inverted character fu is a sign of coming blessings

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

2020 – Year of the Yang Male White Metal Rat (and f*ck that guy)
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2020/01/14/happy-chinese-new-year-2020/
2019 – Year of the Yin Brown Female Earth Pig
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2019/01/29/happy-chinese-new-year-95000-hits/
2018 – Year of the Yang Brown Earth Dog
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2018/02/19/happy-chinese-new-year-2018/
2017 – Year of the Red Fire Rooster
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/happy-chinese-new-year-2017/
2016 – Year of the Yang Red Fire Monkey
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/happy-chinese-new-year-2016/
2015 – Year of the Green Wood Goat/Ram/Sheep
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/happy-chinese-new-year/
2014 – Year of the Green Wood Horse 
https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/gung-hay-fat-choy-happy-chinese-new-year/

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

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Life is just a bowl of kumquats… Kumquats for GOOD LUCK!
The name of the kumquat fruit comes from its Cantonese pronunciation gam kwat,
which translates literally to “golden tangerine.”
The sweet fruit represents wealth and good fortune.

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Red pockets, hóng bāo, are red envelopes filled with LUCKY MONEY!

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

People walk under a Chinese Lantern display during a Chinese New Year eve celebration at Chinatown in Manila February 18, 2015. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco 

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“May all your wishes be fulfilled”



CV! Part 98 – HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome in 2021! (Thursday – Friday)

CV! Part 98 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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WARNING! THE COVID-19 VIRUS – UK VARIANT IS HERE IN THE USA!

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Welcome in 2021! (Thursday – Friday)
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GOODBYE TO A YEAR OF SORROW AND SUFFERING: 2020!
Read our previous Blog Post “Happy New Year 2020!”
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NOTE: There is no celebration at our house this year.
It seems strange and very wrong to be celebrating anything right now.
The STAY AT HOME ORDER in Los Angeles County has just been extended.
New half-assed regulations that won’t work because they don’t work….
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!

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10 MONTHS OF ISOLATION, DISEASE, and DEATH in 2020.
What new horrors will the future bring in the new year?
AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND MORE US CITIZENS WILL DIE.
GENOCIDE. Defined as the deliberate killing of a large number of people,
from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation/group.
TREASON and SEDITION! Arrest all of the GOP Traitors and conspirators!
Trump and the GOP Traitors have betrayed, robbed, and wrecked our country. 
Russians (our enemy) hacked our Government Depts, systems, and US Industries too.
Hospitals, healthcare workers, and funeral homes are at CRISIS levels/maximum capacity,
PPE: masks, gloves, gowns, scrubs and other important medical supplies are running low.
The vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) have been approved but distribution is incredibly slow!
DO YOU TRUST THE GOVERNMENT? DO YOU TRUST THE CDC AND FDA?
DO YOU TRUST THE VACCINES? DO YOU TRUST BIG PHARMA?
We have tried to limit our political content during the holidays, and in our holiday blogs, but people are suffering and Trump and the GOP Traitors do not care, refuse to help, and are actually profiting from the public’s misery. JOE BIDEN WON THE ELECTION.
BIDEN WON
ANYONE WHO SAYS HE DIDN’T WIN IS GUILTY OF TREASON AND SEDITION!
AND THEY ARE ALL GUILTY! THE ONES WHO WERE SILENT ARE GUILTY TOO.
They betrayed their oath of office. They aided and abetted Trump’s criminal family!
THEY ALL KNEW AND THEY BOUGHT AND SOLD STOCK WHILE THEY CALLED IT A HOAX IN PUBLIC! THEN THE GOP TRAITORS AND MASK DENIERS JUMPED TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE TO GET THE FIRST VACCINES!
NO MERCY OR PARDON FOR TRUMP! NO PARDON FOR ANY TRUMP TRAITOR ! NO PLEAS! WE MUST PROSECUTE EVERYONE OF THE GOP TRAITORS AND CONSPIRATORS TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW!

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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!

There, we said it, and now,
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ON WITH THE NEW YEARS EVE BLOG POST PARTY:

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Happy New Year! Balloon Drop San Francisco Civic Auditorium 1983

HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE! Hope you have a safe and rockin’ night!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
PLEASE DO NOT PARTY WITH PEOPLE OUTSIDE YOUR BUBBLE!
ZERO CONTACT IS THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAFE!
DO NOT EAT, DRINK, SMOKE, TALK, OR BREATHE AROUND PEOPLE OUTSIDE YOUR BUBBLE IF YOU WANT TO STAY HEALTHY AND PROTECT THE PEOPLE INSIDE YOUR BUBBLE! DO NOT GO OUTSIDE YOUR BUBBLE!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!
“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind….”
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WE ARE ALL “SAFER-AT-HOME” – DO NOT TRAVEL!
STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!

STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

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“Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough” – Mark Twain

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The New Year begins on the small Pacific island nations of Tonga, Samoa, and Kiribati.
Then with nationwide celebrations in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and South Korea.
And the last place that celebrates is Bakers Island in the central Pacific Ocean.

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Thursday, December 31, 2020 – New Years’ Eve
The seventh day of Christmas – 7 Swans a-swimmin’
and the fifth night of Kwanzaa – Nia means Purpose
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STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!

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3:00am: The last day of the shittiest year. Good riddance.
We’re wide awake and watching the Grateful Dead perform on 12-31-85.
And remembering the three New Years Eve parties we celebrated with them.
“20-20-24 HOURS TO GO! I WANT TO BE SEDATED!”

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GENE, GENE! THE DANCING MACHINE!

6:00am: And we have been working on these Blog Posts this morning!
We just posted our Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday recap Blog Post,
and we are almost ready to post this one for New Year’s Eve,
ON NEW YEAR’S EVE!

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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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2021…. way back in 1986 we created a design project called NY2020.
Just sayin’ that we might be starting to feel old now. This year has aged everyone.

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Fireworks! 

Our New Years’ Resolution for 2021:
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We are invited to NYE dinner at our sister’s house. AND WE ARE NOT GOING!
We are 100% serious about ZERO CONTACT. Are you? REALLY?

We are also 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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NOTE: We stayed home on New Years Eve 1999-2000 because of Y2K!
And then nothing happened. NYE2000 sucked too.

2:50pm: ThrowbackThursday afternoon.
New Year’s Eve Day and we are “safer-at-home” all day!
We have a cup of espresso and we are getting ready for tonight.
WE ARE RIGHT HERE. Chillin’ in the Home Office all day.
And we are going to have a food fiesta later.

5:45pm: We took a little nap. We woke up. The dogs got fed.
We took the dogs outside and then put them down for a nap.
And we made the first plate of food (pre-dinner appetizer/crudité).

On The Menu: Bacon, dill pickle, carrots & celery sticks, raspberries, blueberries, red grapes, nacho cheese Doritos, chocolate mousse cake, and an espresso to drink.
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And let the evening festivities begin! 6:45pm. IT’S PARTY TIME!
Actually, we did some housekeeping. We dusted and vacuumed the Home Office today.
We did some other menial housework and now we feel like we accomplished almost nothing.
Our New Year’s resolution is “to make order out of chaos” – and that’s all.

You know it…. We have cake! Chocolate mousse cake!
Happy New Year! (and we still have to eat dinner)
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NOTE: We are going to publish this Blog Post before Midnight on New Year’s Eve.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! IT BETTER BE A BETTER YEAR!
We will update and probably add more stuff before tomorrow night.
Enjoy. Be safe. Stay home. Stay healthy. Be well. Don’t worry. Be happy.

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And this year, 2020, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

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In The Midnight Hour!
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I’m gonna wait ’til the midnight hour
That’s when my love come tumbling down
I’m gonna wait ’til the midnight hour
When there’s no one else around

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Watch this vid!
Ken Kesey (on acid), Father Guido Sarducci and the Gratefuld Dead welcome in 1986!
The best New Years Eve party we’ve ever been too!
Mass Happiness and Celebration! So much fun and such positive energy!

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors,
and let every new year find you a better man.”
– Benjamin Franklin

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FIREWORKS!


*****HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021*****
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If Ned was 2020:
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Thanks Bill. We all needed that.


Friday, JANUARY 1, 2021 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Welcome to 2021, please have your “E” tickets ready.
Please keep your arms and legs inside your ride vehicle at all times.
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Midnight in Las Vegas: Freemont Street Fireworks in Downtown Vegas!
(screenshot from Pompsie’s Livestream on YouTube)
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Las Vegas (the Strip and Downtown) is a “super-spreader” event tonight.
So many people partying together as witnessed on the livestreams.
All those people are going to go home and take the virus with them too,
because “what happens in Vegas, doesn’t stay in Vegas” if it’s COVID-19.

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12:45am: HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
There were lots of fireworks in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles tonight.
But all of ours are illegal and the fireworks laws are not really enforced in L.A.
There were also a lot of illegal “underground” parties around town tonight.
Los Angeles County is already experiencing a medical crisis, and this won’t help.
Watching the lame-ass New Years Eve television shows too. BUT THEY SUCK.
There’s NO TRADITION left in the network broadcasts and no viewer loyalty.
And there really shouldn’t be any shows or celebrations tonight, with so many dead.
BUT AMERICANS LOVE A HOLIDAY PARTY – EVEN IF IT MIGHT KILL THEM.

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1:11am: All’s quiet on the Western Front, pretty much. The fireworks have subsided for the night in our neighborhood except for a few random a-holes who still haven’t had enough noise yet. We’re sure it’s still going off in other parts of the city as usual. The police scanner calls were coming fast and furious all night long. Lots of crazy sh*t happening in SoCal on this New Year’s Eve because the idiots have nowhere to go and nothing to do except cause trouble!

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2:10am: Time for dinner. We just banged out breakfast.

On The Menu: Breakfast for Dinner! 2 eggs over medium, bacon, toasted onion bagel with cream cheese and some pita chips at 2:15am
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Aloha! It is Friday, January 1st, 2021! – “All is quiet on New Year’s Day”
Good Shabbos!
The eighth day of Christmas – 8 Maids a milking!
and the sixth night of Kwanzaa – Kuumba means creativity
and the seventh night of Kwanzaa – Imani means faith
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BLACKLIVESMATTER! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

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

6:45am: We fell asleep for a couple hours and then we woke up again.
We just reviewed the stuff we posted yesterday and last night,
and then we went into the kitchen and made an espresso.

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THE ROSE PARADE IS CANCELLED!
The Rose Bowl will be played in Texas (they’re done litigating over the name)
NO PASADENA ROSE PARADE THIS YEAR! So STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
THE 131st ROSE PARADE’S REIMAGINED NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION
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.
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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7:30am: NBC’s Today Show:
“2021 The Year In Travel – What to expect in the coming year.”
Leisure travelers want to go places! Does the vaccine mean that travel will be safe?
Should you plan a trip? Would you travel for fun right now?
Will you travel this year? Where do you want to go?

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All Work and No Play make Jack a Dull Boy…
YADA, YADA, YADA! YADA, YADA, YADA!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!

DO NOT TRAVEL! STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!
WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
There is NO IMMUNITY! NO CURE! AND NO VACCINE FOR YOU RIGHT NOW!

The CoronaVirus is spreading exponentially, and the new UK variant is spreading in the United States and it is even more contagious, and some people aren’t even doing the bare minimum to contain it, or even to prevent themselves for getting it.
DARWIN WAS RIGHT.

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“Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness” – William Shakespeare

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NO PARTIES THIS YEAR!

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“Ring out the false, ring in the true.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson

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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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“I never worry about being driven to drink,
I just worry about being driven home.”
– W.C. Fields

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Another new year.
Three hundred sixty five days!
The future is here.

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FIREWORKS! 

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

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THE MASK GOES OVER YOUR NOSE!
YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH ARE CONNECTED!
COVER YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH!
AND EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

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GOODBYE TO 2020!
WE WISH YOU AND YOURS A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021!
Good health and much happiness in the coming year!

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“Party on Wayne” – “Party on Garth”

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“Be excellent to each other and PARTY ON DUDES!”

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Be thankful. Be grateful.
Be kind to each other – love one another – support everyone*.
Peace and Love!
end 2020 and beginning 2021
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Happy Chinese New Year 2020!

Happy Chinese New Year 2020!
Happy Spring Festival and Lunar New Year!

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NOTE: We post a “Chinese New Year” Blog Post every year!
Check out the links to our previous Blog Posts at the bottom of the page.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
WELCOME THE YEAR OF THE YANG MALE WHITE METAL RAT!
The Year of the White Rat actually starts on February 4, 2020
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(Chinese Lunar New Year is not the first day of the Yang Male White Metal Rat Year)

The Chinese New Year Festival runs for 15 days,
The New Year Lantern Festival on February 8th is the final day of the festival.

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

The Chinese Lunar Calendar uses the 12 Animals
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And the Yin/Yang Five Elements:
Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth
The five elements are connected to five colors:
White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown.

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Geng is Yang Metal. Zi is the Rat.
The color of Metal is White.
2020 is the Yang Male White Metal Rat year.

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Yang Metal is male, hard, sharp, glittering and glaring iron. The characteristics of Yang Metal are brave, steadfast, unyielding and righteous. The other traits of Yang Metal are heartless, flaunt, ruthless and tyrannical. Yang Metal is also connected to strong wind, storm or hurricane. It can bring rainwater with it. Yang Metal is the 7th element of 10 Heavenly Stems. The color of Yang Metal is white, silver, or light yellow. The location of Yang Metal is in the west.

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The Rat is the first animal sign of 12 Earthly Branches. According to the Chinese Five Element theory the Rat is in the Water group and connected to placid water, cold water or rain. Water is related to wisdom and intelligence, so the Rat is a clever, tricky, and tactical animal and has many ideas, with keen vision, and can solve problems quickly. The Rat is Yin Water, the last element of 10 Heavenly Stem. It is connected to knowledge, memory, and learning. The Rat has a strong memory in learning and remembers the previous life experiences. The Rat is brilliant, brainy with a sense of creativity.
Rat characteristics: agile, active, resourceful, thoughtful, sharp-sighted, staying alert.

People born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 or 2008 are the Rat sign.

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Kumquats for Good Luck!

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Ceramic Dragon!

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR! 

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Gifting a “Red Envelope”

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2019> Yin Brown Female Earth Pig
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2018> Yang Brown Male Earth Dog
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2017> Yin Red Female Fire Rooster (Chicken)
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2016> Yang Red Male Fire Monkey
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2015> Yin Green Female Wood Goat
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2014> Yang Green Male Wood Horse
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Dead & Company at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California Friday 12-27-19

Dead & Company
at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California
Friday 12-27-19

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We were gifted a ticket from a friend for Christmas!

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Friday night, lots of traffic on the 405 and into Inglewood on the way. Parking was confusing and we ended up paying $30 to park far away near the SOFI Stadium still under construction. So we walked a long way to get into the Fabulous Forum.

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The doors were open and the show was starting when we arrived and the BULLS*T security check took a lot longer than it should have, even though there was no line! They had walk-through metal detectors and untrained staff working the tables….

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So we cleared the checkpoint and in we went, we missed the Truckin’ opener and didn’t even bother to go to our designated seat in the back nosebleeds. Instead we moved to the front and down into the side loge boxes and found an unoccupied seat with a great view of the band onstage during Alabama Getaway. It was actually two empty seats, so we had room to dance a little. And we enjoyed the view so much, that we went back after intermission and danced there for the second set too.

Have to admit that it was my first live Dead & Company show. Had not seen them live in person before, only via vids and live interweb transmissions, so being there was great! The show was a little slow in places for my taste and they noodled (improvised jam session) a whole lot. Kept thinking how much we miss Jerry Garcia, and especially how much we miss Brent Mydland and his keyboards/piano/organ and vocals.

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Dead & Company Friday 12-27-19 Setlist

 

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Intermission! We headed for concessions and got a bag of nacho cheese Doritos and a bottled water ($4.50 + $5.50 = $10) and it took forever in a relatively short line…. we used the restroom and wandered around outside checking out the scene on the smoking patio.

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Expensive Concessions at the Fabulous Forum

2nd Set TERRAPIN! They were teasing Dark Star all through the first set, so when they went into Lady With A Fan>Terrapin Station after Playing In The Band it really made our night! Oteil sang China Doll and they sandwiched Drums/Space inside The Other One. They closed out the set with a long Wharf Rat and rocking’ US Blues. And then they played Dark Star the following night (which we watched on the interweb).

They closed the show with an encore performance of Ripple (with Bob and John playing acoustic guitars) as a tribute to the late great Robert Hunter.  It was beautiful, and of course the audience always sings along! The show finished at one minute to eleven.

Cool guitars! Outside on the patio, they had more concessions, merchandise stands (with shirts and hoodies priced from $45-$100), and the Participation Row area. Win a guitar or bid and buy a guitar? Of course always for a good cause.

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!
New Years Eve in San Francisco with Dead & Company
Bill Walton and Wavy Gravy as Father Time and Baby New Year at Midnight!
Trixie and Sunshine flew in over the audience in a biplane “The Dead Baron” built from the skeleton of the “Giant Joint”. We weren’t there, we watched it LIVE on the interweb.

NOTE: We started feeling sick with a sore throat and didn’t go out on New Years Eve because we didn’t want to expose any of our friends to our oncoming illness.

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12-31-19 Fireworks from Walt Disney World (with the sound off)

 



 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

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

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

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LAST DAY OF THE DECADE! HAPPY NEW YEAR 2020!

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

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

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“Should old acquaintance be forgot”….

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

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December 31st, 2019

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

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR! CELEBRATE THE END OF 2019!

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

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

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No matter where you go, there you are.

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

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

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

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Aiko Aiko All Night!

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

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

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

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

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

*1966 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco CA
*1968 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1969 Boston Tea Party, Boston MA
1970 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1971 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1972 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1976 Cow Palace, Daly City CA
1977 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1978 Winterland Arena, San Francisco CA
1979 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland CA
1980 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland CA
1981 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland CA
1982 Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland CA
1983 Civic Auditorium, San Francisco CA
1984 Civic Auditorium, San Francisco CA
1985 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
1986 Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland CA
1987 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
1988 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
1989 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
1990 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
1991 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA
*no recording available
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VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! – VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! – VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

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VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! – VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! – VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Another new year.
Three hundred sixty six days!
The future is here.

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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OCTOBER 2019 Taimane in Malibu, Rocktoberfest, and Halloween!

OCTOBER 2019 – Taimane in Malibu, Rocktoberfest, and Halloween!

And so it is ROCK-TOBER again, and Halloween is on the doorstep.
Thanksgiving and “the Winter Holidays” (Christmas) are waiting in the wings.
Where does the time go? What happened to this year? Tempus Fugit! Time flies.

A Blog Post in three parts: first, some LIVE MUSIC Taimane in Malibu, second, a review of the month of October, and third, a little fun with “The Big Lebowski” and “Office Space”.

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Thursday’s sunset on the 101 freeway on the way to Pepperdine University in Malibu.

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Taimane LIVE at Pepperdine University 10-17-19

NOTE: Taimane is pronounced Tie-mane-ee

Taimane and her Quartet – Elemental Tour
with special guest Polynesian Dancers
in the Smothers Theatre at 8pm
2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Favorite Entertainer of the Year!
A wonderful showcase and celebration of Polynesian culture.

with added bonus “It’s All Black & White” Contemporary Art exhibit
in the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art next door – FREE Admission!
(see our previous Blog Post for pictures of the art)

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“It’s All Black & White” Art at Pepperdine University

One Ticket to the show: $20+$2 service charge = $22 Total!
and FREE PARKING if you park in the shuttle lot and ride.
(and $7 to park nearby if you don’t want to shuttle)

“She shreds on ukulele and rocks everything from Beethoven to Led Zeppelin. Somehow she manages to not only rock out but connect the audience with meaningful Hawaiian traditions and dances.” – Austin American-Statesman

It was an easy drive from the San Fernando Valley to Malibu. There was only a little stopped traffic caused by the stoplight and left-turning cars at the intersection of Las Virgenes and Mulholland going through the Santa Monica Mountains to the beach. Our destination: Pepperdine University on the Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1) above the Pacific Ocean.

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US 101 Freeway (north/west)- Ventura Highway at Sunset

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View of Malibu and the Pacific Ocean from Pepperdine at night

We parked for FREE in the shuttle lot and after a short ride we were at the Smothers Theatre picking up our ticket at WillCall. It was a beautiful evening at the beach! We arrived early, walked around a little, took some pictures of the campus, and then visited the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art next door and experienced the “It’s All Black & White” contemporary art exhibit for FREE! (pictures of the art in our previous Blog Post)

Lovely fountains, the Palm Court next to the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, steps that lead down to the lower campus and a Starbuck’s, the parking lot and the Smothers Theatre at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts – Pepperdine University in Malibu.

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And when they opened the house doors, we went to find our seat. Orchestra Row B, on the side aisle. The show started about 15 minutes late, and then it was magic time! Taimane has a beautiful voice  and she jams on the ukulele (and guitar)! She talked directly to the audience, introduced each section/song during the performance and created a intimate relationship with the audience. Her quartet were also amazing! She was accompanied by a guitar, violin and percussion (actually a trio) and two wonderful dancers who performed hula and haka dances during a few of her pieces. We enjoyed the show very much! We love LIVE MUSIC! And the performance was really fun.

One of the reasons we chose a seat on the side was in case video recording was allowed…. and it was! The lighting and our cheap cel phone camera made it difficult to get good pictures (as you can see, we had the same problem at Lebowskifest), but the videos we shot came out pretty good and did a good job of capturing the musical performance.

A couple interesting points: 1. The theatre space makes the performance different from a club venue or music stage, and the audience response was great, but somewhat subdued.
2. The actual show length was kind of short. They started late and played a short first set, then there was an intermission, and a longer second set.  And done before 10:30. There was time for more music (at least another song), and there could and should have been a little or a lot more music, and maybe less introduction. But for only $22 for the ticket we should just shut up, because it was a fabulous performance that we really enjoyed.

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NOTE: Why does this always happen? The nice (old) couple behind me sat down and started talking…. season ticket holders? They knew nothing about the artist or the music.
And they had a wonderful experience! We know because they talked….

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During Intermission and after the show, Taimane worked the “Merch” table, signing autographs and taking pictures with everyone! The other musicians and the dancers also came and mingled with the crowd and everyone was very friendly.

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Spotted this car in the shuttle parking lot after the show! Lots of vintage stickers too.

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We rode the shuttle back to the parking lot and walked to our car enjoying the view of Malibu and the Pacific Ocean at night from the university heights. We once lived in the Pacific Palisades on the Pacific Coast Highway just south of Malibu with a panoramic view of the ocean and we really miss enjoying it 24/7.  We drove south on PCH and then back to the San Fernando Valley through Topanga Canyon. There was construction and we had to stop twice for traffic when it was just a single lane. There were too many slow drivers and one crazy tailgater, but we got home eventually without incident.

Ukulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner performs
at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
(Right Click and “Open in New Window”)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ-_ZO9AlMo
and her page on fb> www.facebook.com/taimanegardner

NOTE: The three Taimane live performance videos we shot have been uploaded to our personal fb page and may soon be available on our YouTube channel, if we can figure out how to upload them from our cheapo camera. Her videos on YouTube rock!

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“So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working,
every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it.
So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life.”
– Peter Gibbons, Office Space

Here is our old 2010 commercial real estate office space in West Los Angeles:

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Our CUBICLE in the West Los Angeles Office

As a Hollywood Talent Manager we worked from the Home Office for over 10 years. It was a big change having to wake up, get ready and then drive to work to get to the office and our work desk in our cubicle space. Try doing the 405 Freeway Crawl for a year! It was only 12 miles, but it could take well over an hour to get from the Valley to West L.A. And the drive “over the hill” isn’t much better using the canyon roads, as we found out working at the Century City adjacent Talent Agency. It sucks to arrive at work already stressed out from the drive, and then to still have to be present and accounted for all day. And then stress out on the drive home in horrible traffic again after work…….

Agent, Agent, Agent! Three jobs in a row:
Commercial Real Estate (sales & leasing) Agent – nice cubicle in nice office as seen above.
Hollywood Talent Agent – had our own office, but it really was just a “private” cubicle.
Luxury Travel Advisor/Travel Agent – didn’t even get walls, just got an open desk space.

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Milton: “I believe you have my stapler.”

And at present we are back in the Home Office, Right now, we are finishing this Blog Post in our bathrobe at 4:30am while drinking coffee and watching reruns (that we’ve already seen too many times) of “Two And A Half Men”.
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So OCTOBERFEST!
Rock Out it’s ROCKTOBERFEST!
And INKTOBER too!

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Happy Halloween 2019!

September 29: Happy Rosh Hashanah! Happy Jewish New Year!
(we celebrate for 2 days, and observe the holiday for 10 days)

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Happy Jewish New Year!

October 8 was Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement
(lots of prayers and fasting on the holiest day of the year)
A personal message from JoshWillTravel:
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Remember The Las Vegas Massacre on the Las Vegas Strip?
October 1st was the 2 year anniversary of the Route91 Harvest Music Festival:
58 people killed and 422 wounded.
October 27th is the 1 year anniversary of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life (L’Simcha congregation) Synagogue Shooting: 11 people killed and 7 others injured.

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“Enjoy Every Sandwich”

October is the tenth month of the year
Autumn in the Northern hemisphere
October’s birthstones are tourmaline and opal
Zodiac signs for October are Libra and Scorpio
And it’s National Pizza, Popcorn Poppin’, Pork, and Seafood Month!

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“Callin’ Oates” Your EMERGENCY Hall & Oates Hotline!

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We called it. It is real. “Whoaaaaa, here she comes…..”

October 20 – Remembering Tom Petty on his birthday.
Gone too soon. May his memory and music be a blessing!

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Happy BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY 2019!

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Oct 25 is St Crispin’s Day!
“This story shall the good man teach his son,
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be rememberèd” – Henry V
The Battle of Agincourt was fought on this day in 1415.

He stomped on the Terra.
Remembering Wolodia Grajonca (aka Bill Graham) today.
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2019!
Still on OCTOBER 31st for now…
Watch for a new Halloween Blog Post coming soon!

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Happy Halloween 2019!

“They did the Mash, They did the Monster Mash!”

The Dude Abides. And where did the year go?
How is it the end of October already?
TIME. TIME. TIME.
“It’s astoundingTime is fleeting. Madness takes it’s toll” – Riff Raff

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“Come join the slowest-growing religion in the world – Dudeism.
An ancient philosophy that preaches non-preachiness, practices as little as possible, and above all, uh…lost my train of thought there. Anyway, if you’d like to find peace on earth and goodwill, man, we’ll help you get started. Right after a little nap.”

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“And even if he’s a lazy man, and the Dude was most certainly that. Quite possibly the laziest in Los Angeles County, which would place him high in the runnin’ for laziest worldwide.”

“Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”

“Shomer Shabbos!” Friday at dusk until Saturday at sunset!

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“SHOMER F*CKIN’ SHABBOS!”

The Sheriff of Malibu: (a F*ckin’ Fascist!)
“I don’t like your jerk-off name, I don’t like your jerk-off face,

I don’t like your jerk-off behavior, and I don’t like you, jerk-off.”

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“Stay out of Malibu, Lebowski! Stay out of Malibu, Deadbeat! Keep your ugly fuckin’ goldbrickin’ ass out of my beach community.”

“I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.”

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The Dude Abides.

“Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools:
they have need of ’em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation,
and let father Time shake his glass.”
~William Congreve

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.         …I’m dreaming of a White Russian.

“Uh, I am not Mr. Lebowski. You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude.
So that’s what you call me. You know uh, that or uh, his Dudeness,
or uh Duder or uh, El Duderino, if you know you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”

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“Truckin’, got my chips cashed in.
Keep truckin’, like the doo-dah man
Together more or less in line, just keep truckin’ on.”
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“For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone.” – Psalms 103:16

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FULL MOON FEVER!

OUR RECENT BLOG POSTS:
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HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! 95000 Hits!

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! 95000 Hits!

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

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

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

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HAPPY SPRING FESTIVAL 2019!

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

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

“May your happiness be without limit”

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

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

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Life is just a bowl of kumquats!

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

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

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

 

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

 

Yes, we just passed 95000 Hits!

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

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

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Good Fortune is Here!

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

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Happy Chinese New Year 2018!

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

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

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

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

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READ OUR PREVIOUS CHINESE NEW YEAR BLOG POSTS!

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

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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!)
http://wp.me/p3dhVM-6Xo

More Fun Recipes (New!)
http://wp.me/p3dhVM-6Y3

Cooking With Kenny Rogers – DOLE Cookbook Recipes (New!)
http://wp.me/p3dhVM-6Yk

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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Happy Chinese New Year 2017!

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

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“May all your wishes be fulfilled”

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

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

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

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year 2017!

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

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FIREWORKS! GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!

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

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

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

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

“May you realize all your ambitions”

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

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FIREWORKS! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

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

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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

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

The Chinese Zodiac:

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

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

“May your happiness be without limit”

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

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

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FIREWORKS! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

GUNG HAY FAT CHOY!

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The inverted character fu is a sign of coming blessings