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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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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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CV! Part 109 – Today is Inauguration Day! (Wednesday)

CV! Part 109- Today is Inauguration Day! (Wednesday)


Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – TODAY IS INAUGURATION DAY!
JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS WON THE 2020 ELECTION!

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#BeGone #GoodRiddance #GOPTraitors #GOP #Treason #Sedition
#MAGATerrorists #Traitors #TrumpCrimeFamily #TrumpTreason
#GENOCIDE #CrimesAgainstHumanity #CrimesAgainstChildren

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HAHA! Ripped this one from Twitter! Someone’s not happy today:
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TICK TOCK MOTHERF*CKER! YOUR TIME IS UP!
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WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! 
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! 
DO NOT PARTY WITH PEOPLE OUTSIDE YOUR BUBBLE!
ZERO CONTACT IS THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAFE!
WE ARE ALL “SAFER-AT-HOME” – DO NOT TRAVEL!
STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY!

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JOE BIDEN WON. KAMALA HARRIS WON.
TRUMP IS A LOSER. TRUMP IS A TRAITOR. TRUMP IS A CRIMINAL.
BIDEN WON

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN!

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3:15AM: Of course we are awake! We’ve been waiting FOUR YEARS for this to be over.
BYE BYE TRUMP! – And we aren’t going to talk about the pardons from last night yet.

How it started, how it’s going:
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“IT’S A GREAT DAY FOR AMERICA!”
Today will be a celebration of the new administration. A NEW DAY IN AMERICA!
The Trump legacy will be DEATH. 400000+ Reported US DEAD!
THE ACTUAL NUMBER MAY HAVE ALREADY PASSED 500000!
Thousands more will die before this disease is contained. 
The long-term effects will be severe. “the genie is out of the bottle”
Failure to contain the virus in February and March, now makes it impossible to contain.
Trump FAILED. Pence FAILED. Everyone in the Trump Administration FAILED.
THEY CAUSED THIS. POLITICS OF WEARING A MASK CAUSED THIS.
HYDROXYCLORAQUINE CAUSED THIS! (Trump’s “PUMP AND DUMP” Con)
HERD IMMUNITY CAUSED THIS! FAILURE TO TEST AND TRACK CAUSED THIS!
THERE NEVER WAS A FEDERAL PLAN!
THEY FAILED AT EVERY STAGE WITH PPE AND SUPPLIES!
THEY HELD “SUPER-SPREADER” RALLIES AND WHITE HOUSE PARTIES!
They killed Herman Cain. They tried to expose Joe Biden at the Presidential Debate.
They infected The White House and the Secret Service, the Military and the Congress.
And then they held an Insurrection with a Rally, a Parade, and an Attack on the US Capitol.
TRUMP TRIED TO MURDER THE VICE-PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS!
He wanted the mob to kill his political enemies, and any one else who was there.
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He wanted to declare Martial Law
and make himself King Trump.
TRUMP FAILED.
HE MUST BE PUNISHED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW!
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Arrest Trump. Investigate Trump. Prosecute Trump.
CARRY OUT THE SENTENCE WITHOUT MERCY! NO PARDON!
Seize All of Trump’s Assets. Freeze All of Trump’s Bank Accounts Worldwide!
Arrest and Prosecute Trump’s Family! Arrest and Prosecute Trump’s Stooges!
LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP! LOCK THEM UP!

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USA! USA! USA!

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN!
10:00am: “HAIL TO THE CHIEF!”
Joe Biden is the 46th President of the United States.

Kamala Harris is Vice-President of the United States.
Trump is now a private citizen again and can now be arrested for GENOCIDE,
Crimes Against Humanity, Crimes Against Children, Felony Murder,
Treason, Sedition, Rape, Fraud, Wire Fraud, Tax Evasion, Conspiracy
and many other crimes. ARREST! PROSECUTE! AND EXECUTE!
400000+ DEAD AMERICANS DEMAND JUSTICE! TRUMP KILLED THEM!

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We just put the American Flag out in front of the house!
It really is a new day in America. WE ARE FREE! FREE AT LAST! FREE FROM TRUMP!
Four years of crime. Four years of treason. Four years of racism, anti-semitism and hate.
Four years of violence against US Citizens by law enforcement and the government.
WE CAN CELEBRATE THE INAUGURATION OF JOE BIDEN TODAY!
TOMORROW WE MUST BEGIN THE PURGE OF EVERY TRUMP APPOINTEE!
Every Trump hire, every Trump stooge, every Trump staffer, every Trump supporter!
THEY CANNOT BE TRUSTED! EVERYTHING TRUMP TOUCHED IS CORRUPTED! 

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11:15am: Well it’s been a busy morning in Washington DC!
Biden&Co went to church, then went to The US Capitol, and they got inaugurated,
They did a “drive-by” review of the National Guard troops on the way to Arlington Cemetery.
The Inauguration Ceremony was beautiful and a “take back” of the United States!
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn into office.
(Joe Biden used his family bible again)
Garth Brooks sang “Amazing Grace”, and there was an opening prayer,
Lady Gaga sang the National Anthem (and Mike Pence had to watch)
Joe Biden made a well crafted speech.
And J-Lo (Jennifer Lopez) sang.
Inaugural Poet (22 year old) Amanda Gorman stole the show
with her poem, “The Hill We Climb”.

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They moved inside.
The passing of the Nuclear “Football” was immediate and done behind closed doors.
Gifts were given, and speeches were made inside the US Capitol.
Beautiful etched vases from Lennox Crystal (made in USA) were gifted
to the new President and Vice-President. Joe Biden signed an Executive Order. 

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Then there was a motorcade through Washington, past National Guardsmen lining the streets and saluting, all the way to Arlington, Virginia. Now Presidents Clinton, Bush Jr., Obama, Biden  and their wives and Vice-President Harris and her husband (“the Second Gentleman”) are all together laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery.
Hearing the National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, 
and watching them be real leaders for the Nation is bringing tears to our eyes.
And now they’re playing “Taps” for all the fallen and there are flags flying on every grave.
A Moment of Silence and Silent Prayer, and a Presidential Photo Op.
And the Presidential Couples are going up the steps and inside General Robert E. Lee’s old house to pay respects, and say goodbye to each other. (pause in the ceremony)
Biden and Harris will motorcade in a “virtual parade to The White House. Biden will sign many Executive Orders, and start the business of repairing the damage that Trump, the GOP Traitors, and Trump’s criminal associates have caused to our great country.

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Vice-President Kamala Harris is the first African-American, first Asian-American and first Woman to hold this Federal Office! And Joe Biden is the oldest President to hold office. 

12:15pm: Drink Coffee. Drink Water.
We made some food and another cup of espresso. 
The Presidential motorcade is “parading” to The White House now.
Trump wanted a “military sendoff”, does this count?
Just think of how much it is costing for all this SECURITY.
25000 National Guardsmen from across the country.
Gas, food, lodging, and other services for the military and support personnel.
Law Enforcement and Investigation. They vetted the National Guardsmen.
Maximum protection. Don’t forget the air cover provided by the Air Force.
YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK (or is it just being wasted?)

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12:40pm: The motorcade is holding in front of the Treasury Building….
Looks like they are doing a Security Assessment before Joe Biden gets out of the limo.
The University of Delaware Drumline is keeping time.
And the Biden family is out of the limousine and walking to The White House now.
MAXIMUM SECURITY! The streets are empty except for military and law enforcement.
They’re parading past the media, and Joe went and fist-bumped someone.
And he said hello DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. Hello to some other people.
Joe Biden has entered The White House grounds and is walking up the driveway.
Presidential Marching Band and many flags – each state and territory.
Lots of media of course. Standing at the West Wing steps and waving.
Band playing “Hail to the Chief” and “G-d Bless America” (now we’re really crying)
And Joe hugs his wife and the First Family enters The White House.
(yes, there has been a “deep-cleaning” done after the last occupant was removed)

THE INAUGURAL PARADE on CNN:
“Parade Across America” with John Stewart, the dancing TikTok Doc,
High Country Cloggers, Chinese American Community Center in Delaware, 
What’s your vision for America? Heroes Next Door, Mariachi Joya from Las Vegas High School perform together virtually, “Felicidades!”  Kamala Harris and her husband enter The White House (and we’re crying again), Wheelchair bound athletes from the Ryan Martin Foundation passing the ball, Hawaiian Oil Chant from Hawaii, TAPS – Military Loss Survivors, USMC Silent Drill Platoon – “Semper Fi!”, the Puerto Rico Royalty Winterguard perform, the TikTok Doc, and many more Americans of all races and religions celebrating into the afternoon.

The Howard University Marching Band parades in Washington DC for the Vice-President.
VP Kamala Harris and the Second Gentleman are getting ready to walk down the street.
Pausing for the Security Assessment, and they are out if the limo, greeting the family on the street, and now walking to The White House and her new office in the Old Executive Building. 

EVERYONE, all day long, at every event, is wearing a mask.

Remember Trump said the stock market would crash if Biden was elected?
Stocks just hit a historic all-time high today as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are inaugurated.

1:30pm: FOXNEWS CRAWL: “President Biden & The Progressive Agenda”
MSNBC covering the swearing in of the three New Democratic Senators:
Jon Ossoff, the first Jewish Senator from Georgia
Rev Raphael Warnock, the first African-American Senator from Georgia
and Alex Padilla replacing Kamala Harris as the Senator from California
Democrats now control the Senate, The House of Representatives, and The White House.

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VP Kamala Harris is in the Senate: She administers the Oath of Office.
The new Senators sign in. Oh look it’s Diane Feinstein.
Senator Chuck Schumer opens business for the Senate.
Pat Leahy (D-VT) will become President Pro-Tem
“Mitch is officially a minority!” – Wanda Sykes on Twitter

2:00pm: President Joe Biden is in the Oval Office.
Biden’s first proclamation: “NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 20, 2021, a National Day of Unity…”

We made some lunch.
On The Menu: Toasted pepperjack cheese sandwich on whole wheat sourdough bread
and another espresso to drink. 
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BIDEN to his staff:
“If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treating another colleague with disrespect, talking down to someone, I will fire you on the spot. On the spot. No ifs ands or buts.”

3:45pm: We took a little nap while they took care of some business,
We woke up and drank an espresso and ate a couple cookies.

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President Joe Biden on DAY ONE:
rescinded Trump’s “Muslim Ban” that targeted Africans.
rejoined the Paris Climate Accord Agreement (climate change & science are back)
revoked the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline – it is dead.
halted all oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
paused student loan payments until September 30 
extended the eviction moratorium
stopped construction at the southern border wall
removed the racist Trump “1776 Commission Report” from the Whitehouse website
mandated masks and social distancing on federal property
“Mask Up America” is President Biden’s “100 Day Masking Challenge”

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New Executive Order seeks “a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.”

President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 stimulus plan includes $40 billion for child care:

President Joe Biden notified the United Nations that the United States is rejoining the World Health Organization reversing Trump’s order to quit the International Alliance that “plays a crucial role in the world’s fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.”

Executive Order:
ORGANIZING AND MOBILIZING THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE A UNIFIED AND EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO COMBAT COVID‑19 AND TO PROVIDE UNITED STATES LEADERSHIP ON GLOBAL HEALTH AND SECURITY

Executive Order:
REVISION OF CIVIL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT POLICIES AND PRIORITIES
“My Administration will reset the policies and practices for enforcing civil immigration laws.”

MEMO FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY
SUBJECT: Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

AND THERE WAS EVEN MORE STUFF!
WE HAVE A FUNCTIONING GOVERNMENT AGAIN! 

4:15pm: We have a White House Press Briefing! (a return to normal)
President Joe Biden’s new Press Secretary Jen Psaki addresses the TRUTH.
Ten minutes in, and she hasn’t attacked a reporter, told one lie, or said “fake news”.

Ron Klain, President Joe Biden’s White House Chief-of-Staff issued a memo freezing all new or pending Trump regulations subject to review. All Trump CDC COVID19 regulations are now under review by Biden’s new CDC director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

The Senate confirmed Avril Haines for Director of National Intelligence.
(the 10 “NO” votes were cast by the Ted Cruz and the GOP Traitors)

YOU’RE FIRED! White House chief usher Timothy Harleth has been dismissed.
He was hired by Melania Trump in 2017 and was once a manager at the Trump Hotel DC.
UPDATE: President Joe Biden did not fire the Chief Usher. Timothy Harleth was fired by Trump and Melania, and “The Trumps sent the butlers home when they left so there would be no one to help the Bidens when they arrived,….So petty.”

President Joe Biden fired attorney Peter Robb, a Trump appointee and stooge,
after he refused to resign as National Labor Relations Board general counsel. 

NSA General Counsel Michael Ellis, installed by Trump last week, was put on administrative leave today. He is now under investigation by the Department of Defense Inspector General.

Stephen Miller no longer works at The White House.
Jared Kushner no longer works at The White House.
Mark Meadows no longer works at The White House.
Peter Navarro no longer works at The White House.
Kayleigh McEnany no longer works at The White House.
Hope Hicks no longer works at The White House.
Ivanka Trump no longer works at The White House.

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ART AND MUSIC AND POETRY AND CULTURE ARE BACK!

CELEBRATING AMERICA!
5:30pm: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN! (on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial)
TOM HANKS! Lincoln’s statue is framed to show only the fist, not the open hand.
KAREEM ABDUL JABBAR! Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address
FDR;s 1st Inaugural Address “We have nothing to fear but fear itself”
JFK’s Inaugural Address
“We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.” – John F. Kennedy, 60 years ago today.
Reagan’s 1st Inaugural Address
Local spot: Eva Longoria on KTLA Channel 5
JOHN BON JOVI! “Here Comes The Sun” on the Santa Monica Pier (crying again)
Heroes of the Pandemic montage
YOYO MA! – the Star Trek theme opening chords, then Amazing Grace on cello>
PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN 
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE!
THE BLACK PUMAS!
“Welcome Back America…. to your celebration.” – Tom Hanks
Salute to Teachers! Mackenzie Adams (viral online teacher) from Seattle, Washington
FOO FIGHTERS! Dave Grohl 
KERRY WASHINGTON!
Broadway Performers sing – YEAR from “Rent” “Let The Sunshine In!” from “Hair”
Tom Hanks – Hunger and food insecurity “Americans who feed us” JOSE ANDRES!
LIN MANUEL MIRANDA!
NASA ASTRONAUTS on the ISS in orbit!
Joe Biden
Hallelujah acapella from last night
SARAH FULLER football player
VICE-PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS
JOHN LEGEND sings “It’s a New Day”
DJ CASSIDY – “Pass The Mic!” Latin Rappers and DJs 
Nurses
TIM MCGRAW from Nashville
“Let’s Unite America” montage
Barack Obama, George Bush Jr., and Bill Clinton just talking….“a new beginning” 
Is Tom Hanks crying?
DEMI LOVATO “A Lovely Day” with healthcare workers and POC singing along
The Biden and Harris families watching and dancing along is the icing on the cake!
KATY PERRY sings at the Reflecting Pool
AND THEN AMAZING FIREWORKS IN WASHINGTON DC
AT THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT AND ON THE NATIONAL MALL!

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BRAVO GLENN WEISS AND CREW! BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO! 
(gonna get you another Emmy for tonight)

Seriously, crying again and again. Tears of happiness, joy, and relief.
TRUMP TRIED TO KILL US ALL! TRUMP KILLED 400000+ AMERICANS
AND WE NEED JUSTICE! WE NEED VENGEANCE FOR THE DEAD!
TRUMP TRIED TO KILL ART AND CULTURE AND MUSIC AND POETRY!
WE NEED A RECKONING! 

Watching journalists, democrats, artists, and especially LGBTQ and people of color,
taking a victory lap today and tonight is so uplifting and cathartic for this country. 
“The enemy of my enemy is my friend” and the #GOPTraitors are the enemy.

8:45pm: We had Thai food delivered for dinner. And groceries too.
On The Menu: Thai BBQ chicken and fried rice with juice to drink.
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CNN CRAWL: “PRESIDENT BIDEN: ‘DEMOCRACY HAS PREVAILED'”

The Washington Post’s Trump fact-checkers say Trump made 30573 false or misleading claims in four years. That’s approximately twenty per day.

“Reluctantly I have concluded that President Trump is a serious threat to US national security. He is refusing to protect vital US interests from active Russian attacks. It is apparent that he is for some unknown reason under the sway of Mr Putin”
– General Barry R. McCaffrey (ret.), March 16, 2018 on Twitter

MAR-A-LAGO: 561-832-2600 (ask for Trump, tell them you’re a friend of Jeffrey Epstein)

We must expel-arrest-prosecute-execute the GOPTraitors!

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Kevin McCarthy making a speech or even being in the Capitol building is a disgrace.
The GOP tried to overturn the election. They tried to disqualify the votes for Joe Biden!
Twelve years of croneyism, racism, anti-semitism, hate, obstruction, and malfeasance.
The GOPTraitors not only tolerated Trump’s perversion of our democracy, some Republicans in Congress actively joined in to interfere in the election and overthrow the US Government! 

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FoxNews is UnAmerican!
And FoxNews and Rupert Murdoch was complicit in the Trump Coup Attempt.
FOXNEWS IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO DEMOCRACY!
FOXNEWS IS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE UNITED STATES.
FOXNEWS IS STILL PUSHING “THE BIG LIE” AND “ALTERNATIVE FACTS”
THIS IS FOXNEWS LAST NIGHT: FoxNews is UnAmerican!
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Heads are exploding at FoxNews today. Their ratings are tanking.
Their audience is changing the channel to OAN and other Trump aligned media.
FUCK YOU KARL ROVE! FoxNews is UnAmerican!
Five Assholes on “The FIVE” laughing at President Joe Biden’s call for unity.
Traitor Hannity interviewing Peter Schweitzer about Hunter Biden’s laptop. REALLY!

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FOXNEWS CRAWL: “Biden’s ‘Unity’ Speech Sends Ominous Message” 
FOXNEWS CRAWL: “The Left Demonizes Trump Supporters”
FOXNEWS CRAWL: “BIDEN POLICIES PUT AMERICA ON DANGEROUS PATH”
FOXNEWS CRAWL: “BIDEN INAUGURATION SPEECH FULL OF EMTY RHETORIC”
“White guilt” “racist” – Shelby Steele Hoover Institution Senior Fellow
AND EVEN MORE RACIST BULLSHIT! (from an African-American man)

While you were watching the beautiful fireworks in Washington DC, 
FoxNews was running a Nutrisystem for Men ad.

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HISTORY!
Joe Biden is the 46th President of the United States
Kamala Harris it the Vice-President of the United States.
Trump and his family are Shit Stain on this country and the stink will never come off.

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Bernie Memes! So many memes…. and they are hilarious!

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HAHAHAHAHA!
THE BERNIE MEMES ARE THE PERFECT FINISH
FOR A FABULOUS DAY ON THE INTERWEB!

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UPDATE Thursday, January 21, 2021:
“CBS This Morning” just had a segment on Bernie’s Mittens and the memes! 
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WEARAFUCKINGMASK! WEARAFUCKINGMASK! 
STAYTHEFUCKHOME! STAYTHEFUCKHOME! 
DO NOT PARTY WITH PEOPLE OUTSIDE YOUR BUBBLE!
ZERO CONTACT IS THE ONLY WAY TO BE SAFE!

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NO PARDONS FOR OLD MEN! – we posted this before the 2020 election.
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TRUMP IS A LOSER! EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!
AND WE ALL KNOW TRUMP CHEATS AT GOLF TOO!

THANK YOU SETH ROGEN! FUCK YOU TED CRUZ!
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GOP TRAITORS WHO VOTED “NO” TODAY: Blackburn (R-TN) Braun (R-IN) Cruz (R-TX) Ernst (R-IA) Hagerty (R-TN) Hawley (R-MO) Lee (R-UT) Marshall (R-KS) Paul (R-KY) Risch (R-ID)

At 12:04pm EST, The Chinese Government sanctioned Mike Pompeo, Robert O’Brien,
Peter Navarro, John Bolton, Stephen Bannon, and other Trump stooges.
They can no longer do business or set foot in China.

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THERE ARE ONLY THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK THE GOP TRAITORS!
ASK THESE QUESTIONS UNTIL THERE IS A DEFINITE YES OR NO ANSWER!
Q1: DID JOE BIDEN WIN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?
(A: YES) The election was not stolen – five simple words
Q2: DO YOU THINK THERE WAS TAMPERING OR FRAUD IN 2020 ELECTION?
(A: NO) The election was not stolen – five simple words
Q3: DID TRUMP COMMIT TREASON/SEDITION ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 6th?
(A: YES) IMPEACHED FOR INCITEMENT OF INSURRECTION!

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EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!
EVERYTHING FOXNEWS SAYS IS A LIE!


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“Today was a good day. And it was only possible because of you. Because you made calls. Because you marched. Because you wore your masks and voted like never before. For four years, you defended our democracy with everything you had. ….and now, our country can enter a new day.” – President Barack Hussein Obama

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Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras!

IT’S FAT TUESDAY! HAPPY MARDI GRAS!
In 1875, the State of Louisiana declared Fat Tuesday an official holiday.

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Where’s the King Cake?

AIKO! AIKO! ALL DAY! MARDI GRAS!
The first recorded Mardi Gras celebration on the USA was in Mobile, Alabama, in 1703.
The first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans was in 1837.

BON TEMP ROULER! MARDI GRAS!
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! MARDI GRAS!
On Fat Tuesday, the parades end
and the parties finish with the Meeting of the Courts at the Rex Ball.

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Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday,
is a Mardi Gras Carnival celebration on the last day before Ash Wednesday.

Parades, parties, masks, costumes, and outrageous behavior are the order of the day before the fasting season of Lent begins. Mardi Gras dates back to the ancient Roman festival honoring Lupercalia and Saturnalia in February. Christians adapted the festival into a pre-Lent tradition.

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We cooked a nice meal at home and celebrated Fat Tuesday with family.
On The Menu: we made a big pot of spicy “cajun” chili with red beans, so we had a bowl topped with cheese, diced onion, and crushed tortilla chips; a salad with avocado and Caesar dressing, fresh cut pineapple, and warm “just baked” banana bread  for dessert with an iced espresso and later a beer.

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It’s Ash Wednesday!



 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2019!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2019!

We are extremely grateful! Thank You!
Thank You Loyal Readers! Thank You Friends! Thank You to Our Family!
We wish you HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Turkey Day!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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“And in the master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast”
– The Eagles’ Hotel California

We are hosting The Thanksgiving Feast again this year, as we do every year. There will soon be 15-20 people in our kitchen, living room, dining room and big den enjoying fabulous food and wonderful desserts. The last couple days have been prep for the party and early this morning we baked our (make it every year or get ready for guilt) Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake. The recipe is available in a previous Blog Post if you are interested, link below or use the Search Box at the top of the page.^^^^^scroll up^^^^^

NOTE: Our “Guest coming from the furthest place” was my sister’s good friend, who came from Stratford-upon-Avon, England this year to party with us!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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A woman was looking over the turkeys at the grocery store,
but she couldnt find one that was big enough for her family.
She asked the stockboy…”do these get any bigger?
The stockboy said “no ma’am, they’re dead.

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THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

 

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“EAT ME!”

 

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NFL FOOTBALL! Tradition!
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

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Last Minute Interception! Game Over! Da Bears Win 24-20!

 

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Buffalo beat Dallas 26-15

 

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New Orleans beat Atlanta 26-18

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2019!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

 

This is from last year, but it happened again!
Our food supply is not safe. (sorry to bum you out)

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And then there’s the food for Thanksgiving ….

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A Big Bird! Turkey Time 2019!

On The Menu: Turkey with gravy and 2 kinds of stuffing/dressing, garlic mashed potatoes, candied yams, corn pudding, cranberry sauce, creamed spinach, green bean casserole, roasted veggies & yams, deviled eggs, fresh baked challah bread, fruit plate,
Grandma’s cherry cheesecake, chocolate cake, apple pie & pumpkin pie with whipped cream, homemade cookies & fudge, wine, vodka, tequila, coke, egg nog, and coffee/espresso

 

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Just Desserts!

Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake 2019:

 

Enjoy it.

A Quick Warning for Our Friends:
USE CAUTION! Your mental health may be severely impacted by the holidays!

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TIME TO MAKE THE CHEESECAKE! GRANDMA’S CHERRY CHEESECAKE!

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Leftovers Day 1: Hot Turkey sandwich (open face) with stuffing and gravy on challah bread, creamed spinach, cranberry sauce, and a dill pickle

Happy 4th of July! Have a Celebration!

Happy 4th of July Friends!

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

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

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! CELEBRATE FREEDOM & LIBERTY!

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

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

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

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

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

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USA! USA! USA!

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

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4th of July Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl!

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Dallas, Texas! Red, White & Boom!

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

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Happy Independence Day!

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

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“Boop-Oop-A-Doop!”

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

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

 

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HAPPY MAY DAY 2017!

HAPPY MAY DAY 2017! 

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

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

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

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Coo-Coo-Ca-Choo!

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

Donny:
“I am the walrus”?

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

Donny:
“I am the walrus”

Walter Sobchak:
That fucking bitch!

The Dude:
Oh yeah!

Donny:
“I am the walrus”

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

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

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

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

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

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“The Chinaman is not the issue here!”

 

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

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Traditional Hawaiian Haku Floral Lei

 



 

April Fools! St. Stupid’s Day!

APRIL FOOLS!
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ALL FOOLS DAY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 1st – “RABBIT! RABBIT!”

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

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

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The Attis of Ostia

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

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

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

 

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

April 1st is SAINT STUPID’S DAY

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“ALL HAIL ST. STUPID!”

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

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

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

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

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

“All we are saying is stupid!”

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

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

Found in Storage:

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

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A Bottle of Vintage Porto 1983 from Portugal

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

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CHEERS! Johnnie Walker Black 12 year old Scotch Whisky

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

And just in case:
California Poison Control System (CPCS)

toll-free EMERGENCY hotline: 1-800-222-1222
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“We have nothing to fear but fear ourselves”

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

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

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“We Are All Just Prisoners of Fun!”

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

“So Far, So What?”

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King of Fools Coronation – Santa Ynez County Park 2001

THE FOOLS GUILD!> http://www.foolsguild.org

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

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

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Fountain at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village, CA

 

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The Company-of-Foote!

Sir Nicholas Worthington’s Company-of-Foote!

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at The Renaissance Pleasure Faire (North)
at Black Point Forest, Novato in Marin County, California

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Sir Nicholas Worthington’s Company-of-Foote RPFN ’83 at Black Point, Novato in Marin County, California

“Why then the world’s mine oyster, which I with sword will open.”
-Pistol (“The Merry Wives of Windsor” Act 2, scene ii by William Shakespeare)

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Worthington’s Company-of-Foote RPFN ’84

This Blog is about the magical Northern Renaissance Pleasure Faire at Black Point Forest, Novato, in Marin County, California, just north of San Francisco, in the early to late 1980’s, produced by The Living History Centre (LHC) and the College of Renaissance Delights).

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“Eat, Drynk & Be Merry!” at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire (North)

We have written about the Renaissance Faire before. You can read the previous Blogs “Phyllis Patterson RIP She Changed My Life” and “Return to the Paramount Ranch”, (and see pictures of) the old Southern Faire Site in Agoura.

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“Make Ye Way! Make Ye Way!”

In 1582, journeyman monger Eric Bacon left his home in Chipping-under-Oakwood and joined Nicholas Worthington’s Company-of-Foote mercenary soldiers. He went to Flanders to fight the Spanish and on his return to the Shire he faithfully served her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth for two more years (1583-84) as a Royal Guard and Chair Bearer during the Queen’s Progress through the annual Harvest Faire. “G-d Save The Queen!”

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Eric Bacon left Worthington’s Company-of-Foote honorably after the 1584 Harvest Faire. He joined The Fool’s Guild, became a follower of St. Stupid, and also “served” as the Lord Mayor’s Fool. For several years he was often seen walking the streets and wandering throughout the Shire after dark looking for trouble. He mysteriously vanished into the Woods of Holly in 1588, never to be seen again.

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In Spring of 1980 we were introduced to the fun of working at the annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Southern California by an older high school friend. In late summer of 1981, we began “carpool” commuting each weekend from Los Angeles to Marin County to visit and work at the Northern Renaissance Pleasure Faire at Black Point, Novato in Summer (and still working at the Southern Faire in Spring) as a street actor.

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In 1982, we were first hired as an hourly CREW employee by the Costume Department for a promotional fashion show at the Old Globe Theatre in West Hollywood. We worked for the CREW Costume Department and continued to perform as a street actor first with the Mongers, and then with the Company-of-Foote, at the Northern Faire until 1985 when we began working for the Security Department as well as Costumes.

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When we moved to Santa Cruz for college we commuted to both the Northern and Southern Faire (and also the Dickens’ Christmas Fair at the Fox Theatre in Oakland and Pier 45 in San Francisco) and we continued working for Living History Centre Security and Costume Departments until we graduated. We moved to Novato after college and worked the Northern Faire one more season in 1988, before moving back to Los Angeles to pursue a career in Hollywood. We continued to work Security at the Southern Renaissance Faire until 1994. We worked as a Walking Guard, Night Security, a Walking Lieutenant, Mobile Security (during the week on the Northern Lot in 1987), and then as Night Security and as the Front Gate Lieutenant after the Southern Faire moved from the Paramount Ranch in Agoura to Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore (San Bernadino), California in 1990.

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The Red Barn & Cardiac Hill – Blackpoint Forest, Novato

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Company-of-Foote Morning Muster and Drill at the “Front of Faire”

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The Elizabethan Cottage (Before) at the “Front of Faire”

Living History! Live Interactive Street Theatre! Hundreds of Costumed Performers!
The centerpiece of the the Northern Renaissance Faire was the daily parade, the “Queen’s Progress Through The Shire” to the Ben Johnson Stage for “The Queen Show” at 3pm each afternoon. Beginning at the Red Barn in the “Front of Faire”, Queen Elizabeth and her retainers would be joined by the Town Criers, the ER Band, the Nobles from the Royal Court, the Scots, the Irish, the Germans and the Guild of St. Cuthbert’s. Queen Elizabeth would be carried in “the Tudor Sedan” and guarded by the Company-of-Foote through the dense crowd to the stage. After the stage show, the Queen would continue with the parade to another destination within the Faire and/or return to the Red Barn staging area. On a few rare occasions we carried the Queen all the way through the Fairesite to “The End of The World” Alestand and back.

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Guardshack – Black Point Forest, Novato (Dario took this pic)

This was written for the original fb photo album a few years ago:
“RPFN early 80s – I’m not sure how it happened but I blame Pugsly. I’m marching in the parking lot at Blackpoint dressed in blue and carrying a pike wheeling to the left and right. It’s hot. It’s dusty. How did this happen to me at the Faire? So I marched with the company ’82-’84? I was a rear wheel on the Tudor Sedan for the hottest summer in history (actually two years). Rory and I both agreed that there’s no better workout at the Faire than carrying the Queen from the Red Barn to the End of The World and back in 100 degree heat! For my time with the Company-of-Foote, I must admit it was a great time with great people and lots of great fun (from what I can remember). So for those who were there, THANK YOU! For those who came later or missed the party, here are some pics I collected from others. And for those who are no longer with us, you are missed and remembered by your friend and comrades in arms.” – JoshWillTravel

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“Murph and the Magictones” The ER Band

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“Huzzah! Huzzah! The Queen!”

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The Art of Burlap Over “The Serpentine” (from above)

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“Long Live The Queen!”

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“Well met, Good Gentles! Well met!”

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“G-d Save the Queen!”

 

 

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Ben Johnson Stage from Alestand 3

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“The Golden Hind” at the Ben Johnson Stage

THE QUEEN SHOW!
(“Our Shire Welcomes The Queen” on the Ben Johnson Stage at Three O’the Clock!)

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Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth

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“Parade Rest!” Hurry Up, Then Wait.

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Big Shout Out To All The Water Bearers and Support People!

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Nicholas Worthington & the Landsknecte (colorful German mercenary soldiers)

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“End of the World” – Blackpoint Forest, Novato

Gone Too Soon! Our COF Friends who have gone on to “Sky-Faire” before us:
Auntie, Gleb Perfiloff, Charles Sanders, Thomas Willey, Robin Wadsworth RIP

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Many more of our dear Friends from the Renaissance Pleasure Faire have gone on to “Sky-Faire” too soon! We remember them all and there are too many to list here!

The “Neenster” wouldn’t be happy if we did a Blog about Northern Faire and didn’t include this amazing picture. It was taken at Monday Brunch on the lot while we were waiting for steak & eggs (as Reggie and Michael look on).

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“Neenster” RIP at Monday Brunch

And here’s a group pic of the Security CREW from “way back” (1985):

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Security CREW – Blackpoint Forest, Novato

Black Point is another place that is on the list of “Things That Aren’t There Anymore”, the land was sold and developed, and now there is another fine golf course and private community of multi-million dollar homes on the old Northern Faire Site.

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“Hay-Foote, Hay-Foote!”

NOTE: FULL DISCLOSURE! None of the pictures in this Blog post are mine! (Well, okay there are a couple…) They were ripped from the interweb over the years to remind us of the past and now have been used to illustrate our story. Not all of the pics are from the 1983-84 period, again they are used with “artistic license” to visually tell the tale. They are included for educational purposes only and not for commercial gain. BIG THANKS to all the photographers, if you want credit pm me. Also, as a member of the Costume CREW, these pictures are a part of my professional resumé as well as my personal history.

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Updated May 21, 2020: (thank you Jason)

Company of Foote was an old pike unit that had cashed in its pikes for muskets,
and gone tear-assing
around the low country looking for the shit.
They’ve given Spanish a few surprises in their time here.
What they were mopping up now
 hadn’t even happened an hour ago.

-“Never get out of the Tudor Sedan.”



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



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.

University of Southern California Trojans

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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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