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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!


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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?

STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME!
FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY
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FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY
FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY!
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!”

Grateful Dead perform on NYE December 31, 1988 in Oakland, California (full show):

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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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)

 



 

 

Hello 2017…. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hello 2017…. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 HOUSE PARTY!

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

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

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

It’s 2017!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy New Year Tradition! Old Friends by the Fire!

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

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

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Gather Around the Fire and Catch Up With Old Friends!

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

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The Old Red Brick Fire Pit

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

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

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

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Single Malt Scotch and Fine Cigars with Old Friends

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

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Balloons Filled with Glitter and Confetti…

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

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

Food, Drink and Other Pics from the House Party:

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

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

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The Road Home – Don’t Drink and Drive!

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

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Post-Party Breakfast at 3am

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


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

 


 

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 from JoshWillTravel!

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Goodbye 2016! Hello 2017!

We wish you the Best of Everything in the coming New Year!
Good Health, Happiness, Good Fortune and Prosperity for You in 2017!

SATURDAY NIGHT! DECEMBER 31st, 2016 – NEW YEAR’S EVE!

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ARE YOU READY FREDDY?

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LET’S CELEBRATE! LET’S PARTY!
GET DOWN, GET FUNKY! ROCK AND ROLL!

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Happy New Year!

Some Past Memories (and pics) of New Year’s Eve:

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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 2017!

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Sunday, January 1st, 2017 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Monday, January 2nd, 2017 – New Year’s Day (Observed) Federal Holiday

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses! – Beautiful Pasadena, California

“In New York, people are buried in the snow.
Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear.
Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise.”
~Professor Charles F. Holder, 1890

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The 128th Annual Tournament of Roses Rose Parade 2017

The parade has never been held on Sunday. Local tradition has it that “the Tournament has a deal with G-d; we’ll never hold the parade on a Sunday, and He’ll never let it rain on the Rose Parade.” According to the Tournament of Roses Association this “Never on Sunday” policy was instituted in 1893 in order “to avoid frightening horses tethered outside local churches and thus interfering with worship services.”  The Rose Bowl Game and other bowl games usually held on January 1st are also never held on Sunday to avoid competing with the NFL.

The 128th Tournament of Roses Rose Parade “Echoes of Success”

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A US Air Force B-2 “Spirit Flyover” from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri!

44 floats, 19 equestrian units with ~400 horses, and 22 marching bands!

And these beautiful restored cars will be used in the 2017 Rose Parade to drive the Grand Marshals, Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Inductees and special guests down Colorado Blvd:

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A BLAST FROM THE PAST!

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Valley Hunt Club – Tournament of Roses – January 2nd, 1893.

Members of Pasadena’s Valley Hunt Club first staged the Rose Parade on January 1, 1890. Watched by hundreds of thousands of spectators on the parade route down Colorado Blvd, it is broadcast on multiple television networks in the United States and seen by millions more on television worldwide in more than 100 international territories and countries! It is produced by the nonprofit Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association established in 1895. The Valley Hunt Club still enters a flower-decorated carriage in the parade.

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Colorado Street (now Boulevard) near Fair Oaks Ave 1890. Carlton Hotel is center-right

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1890 Colorado Street (later Boulevard) looking east from Fair Oaks. San Gabriel Valley Bank on right (S/E corner). A streetlight hangs over the middle of the intersection.

NOTE: Colorado Street was renamed Boulevard through Old Town Pasadena from Arroyo Parkway to Orange Grove Boulevard in 1958.

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Rose Parade – Colorado Street (later Boulevard) – Pasadena, California 1925

The Italian Renaissance-style mansion of William Wrigley Jr. (of Wrigley’s chewing gum) was offered to the city of Pasadena after Mrs. Wrigley’s death in 1958, under the condition that the home would be the Rose Parade’s permanent headquarters. Tournament House is now the name of the home office where the organization is headquartered.

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Tournament House – Pasadena, California

The 2017 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshals
Greg Louganis, Allyson Felix and Janet Evans
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The 99th Rose Queen and the 2017 Royal Court
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Miracle-Gro will have 4 former Rose Queens on their float in the 2017 Rose Parade!
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The 103rd Rose Bowl! (2pm on ESPN)

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The Rose Bowl football game was added in 1902 to help fund the cost of staging the parade. Originally titled the “Tournament East-West football game,” it is considered the first Rose Bowl. The next game wasn’t played until 1916 and they have been played every year since then. The Rose Bowl Stadium was built for the 1923 game.

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Rose Bowl – Pasadena, California

UPDATED JANUARY 6, 2017: USC won the game 52-49, in a see-saw battle, with the winning field goal coming at the very end of the fourth quarter!

NOTE (if you’re going to the game):
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NOTE: NEW LAWS IN CALIFORNIA!

Even though it’s already illegal to hold a phone and talk or text while driving, Starting January 1, 2017 motorists cannot hold their phone for any reason! Phones must be mounted on the windshield or dashboard and “hands-free” functions (one-touch) will still be allowed as long as conditions are safe for use.

Senate Bill No. 880 & Proposition 63 = Stricter Gun Control Laws in California!
The new laws include expansion of the assault weapons ban, background checks for bullet buyers at the point of sale, adds new felony charges for stealing firearms, broadens a ban on large capacity magazines (over ten rounds) and requires all felons to surrender their guns effective January 1, 2017.

California approved Proposition 64 to legalize “recreational” adult use of marijuana!
Even though there is still Federal Prohibition and marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 Drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency, as of November 9, 2016, the State of California made it legal for any adult 21 years or older to:

    •  Possess, transport, obtain or give away to other adults 21 or older no more than one ounce of marijuana or 8 grams of concentrated cannabis.

•  Cultivate up to six plants per residence and possess the marijuana produced by these plants.  All plants and harvest in excess of one ounce must be kept in a locked space not in public view at one’s residence.  Local governments may still forbid cultivation outdoors, but must allow it inside a private residence or accessory structure that is “fully enclosed and secure.”

• Medical marijuana patients keep their existing rights under Prop 215 to possess and cultivate as much as they need for personal medical use so long as they have a doctor’s recommendation, regardless of the Prop 64 limits for adult users. Beware though that local governments may still restrict cultivation via nuisance ordinances (except for the six indoor plant minimum allowed for personal use).

•  Retail sales for adult use will not begin until licensed stores are in operation after Jan 1, 2018.  In the meantime, Prop 215 patients with a doctor’s recommendation can continue to purchase at medical collectives and dispensaries.

•  Tax Tip for 215 Patients:  Patients who have a state medical marijuana ID card will be exempt from the state sales tax immediately, according to the State Board of Equalization.  If you spend more than $100 per month on medicine, it should pay you to get a state ID card.  State ID cards are available from county health departments;  under Prop 64 the card fees are capped  at $100 ($50 for Medi-Cal patients).

Prior offenders:  If you have been convicted for a marijuana felony or other offense that has been downgraded by Prop 64, you may petition the court to have your record changed to what it would be if Prop 64 had been in effect!

NOTE: Visit the California NORML website for all the details > http://www.canorml.org/news/what_will_be_legal_and_what_wont_after_Prop_64

And in 2017, salons and barber shops will legally be allowed to serve complimentary alcohol! The measure legalizes a practice already commonplace at many salons.

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Baby New Year 2017

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CHEERS! Here’s to a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR in 2017!

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NOTE: 2017 has been designated as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the United Nations!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 from JoshWillTravel! (MMXVII A.D.)


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HAPPY NEW YEAR BABY 2017!