We’re hanging out at our backyard tiki bar as usual — wild horses couldn’t drag us out on the roads on Amateur Night. It’s cool enough for the fire pit, but just barely, about 60-ish.
The local yahoos are putting on quite a fireworks show, and the dogs are glued to my shins from the anxiety of it. Neighbors are dropping by singly and in pairs from time to time, but mostly it’s just us chickens.
The Tampa Bay area has a non-commercial radio station — 88.5 (Wmnf.org) — that has a fun New Year’s Eve program on, so we’re listening to that. That’s about it.
Hubby will never make it to midnight, so I’ll be ringing in 2015 with the kid and dogs and any intrepid neighbors who are still out and about. Then tomorrow I’ll veg out and watch football all day. You?
I’ll be here until I can’t stay awake any longer. So about 5 more minutes.
It’s about 20 degrees here in balmy Southern MD, and the moon is glaring down bright as anything.
I’m staying inside handling the doorman chores for the two cats
bravestupid enough to want to go out there.
G will be home from work in about three hours. Then it’s chicken tostadas from the crockpot, some prosecco from the monstrous bottle his boss gave him, and probably falling asleep in front of a movie until I wake him up at midnight and send him to bed.
Tomorrow morning is a chocolate chip Dutch baby, more prosecco, and the Rose Parade in my Batgirl jammies. Maybe next year he’ll have a new job and we could actually go somewhere on NYE, or at least eat at a decent hour! :-o
I am planning on walking the whole Rose Parade route tonight. I live about 1 1/2 miles past the end of the route, so I’ll walk to the end, all the way to the start, and then continue on to look at the floats, which start lining up the night before. It’s a good long walk, but it’s a ton of fun because the whole parade route is one giant New Years Eve party. Fortunately, there’s also decent public transportation that can get me most of the way home, so I don’t have to reverse my steps and walk the whole thing the other way.
@Baud: I just woke up a few minutes ago,so I’ll be able to hold out until 10-ish.
New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day are the two nights that would require much cajoling by Morzer’s pretty young Frenchwomen to get me to go out.
Obama’s approval numbers are sky rocketing. There can only be on explanation — “The Colbert Bump”
Making pans of cinnamon rolls & egg stratas & other comfort foods to take to my brother-in-laws family. His dad took his own life this morning, at 55 years old. Food seems inadequate but its what I can do. Just devastating to the whole family.
Happy New year Juicers. (just in case I miss you later)
Looks like rain here, half way through the first day of 2015, might even storm, just over 30c and very muggy.
From the Newsmax ad over there:
Is Bernie taking the place of zombie Dick Clark? Otherwise, who the fuck cares?
@Cckids: Christ, how awful. Food may seem inadequate, but it is needed and it conveys your concern and sympathy better than any words could.
@Cckids: so very sorry.
Yikes! Sounds like fodder for the “good riddance to 2014” thread below. Homemade food will help, even if only a little.
@Cckids: Holy crap, that sucks. You’re doing what you can, which is being a comfort. Believe me, it helps a lot knowing other folks care.
@Cckids: Christ, that’s awful. Food is all you can do, and it’s good of you to do it.
I’ve been fighting an annoying cough and low-grade fever for a couple of days, so even if I were one who goes out on New Year’s Eve, I wouldn’t be going out on this New Year’s Eve. I expect I’ll be long asleep by the time 12 o’clock hits, so I’ll take this opportunity to wish all Juicers a safe and warm evening tonight, and a year that greatly improves on the one we’re leaving behind. Thanks to all the wonderful commenters and lurkers here, most especially the front pagers who do such yeoman work. See you on the Other Side of Midnight.
Oh god, that is awful. I’m so very sorry for your brother in law and his family, and heartbroken for the pain the father must have been in.
TCU should have been in the playoff instead of Ohio State.
Jeez, they smoked Ole Miss 42-3. They would have beaten Alabama.
@Cckids: Wow.. You are doing what you can do at this time.
Well, I will be going out to middle-aged house rocker at an art space here in East Van. The band is what we in Vancouver call a “fuck band”, ex-punk rockers from the glory days of 35 years ago. I plan to stumble homewards about 0300h. But I will keep a thought on you and your Tiki bar, Ms. Cracker—-it looks very comfy, and much more age-appropriate.
I hope this year will go better for you and your family.
@David Koch: So I’m thinking they had something to prove to the committee who anointed the top four.
I may actually have a third glass of wine in honor of the new year and then I will pass out way too early. Happy New Year to everyone and wishing for a better year than the one that just passed.
(Not a high bar)
We’re at the age where we got invited to one party tonight (we’re going, it’ll be mellow) and three parties tomorrow during the day.
Which suits me OK – two tomorrow would be better, but the extrovert partner will want to go to them all!
ETA: it’s 10 deg F here in the finally-frozen Minne-snow-ta. Up from -7 in the overnight hours.
Oh, fornicate age-appropriate. Have a good time.
a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q)
@Cckids: How horrible; my heart goes out to that family. You’re doing what you can, which is all we can do. And they’re in no shape to think about the practical things like food.
@Cckids: Sorry to hear that. The food is a good way of letting them know you would like to help.
@Cckids: How horrible! The food and your presence will show you care and provide sustenance when no one feels like cooking. I hope they can find peace and comfort.
Did I mention today is Day One of what promises to be a magnificent cold? I’m fighting it with cabernet.
I hope you didn’t catch it from me.
It’s 15 degrees here, Betty.
On the other hand, you have giant flying roaches, and we don’t. So there.
My son will watch the ball and then wake me up to let me know it dropped.
@Omnes Omnibus: Thanks. You, too. Bonne année!
a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q)
@Omnes Omnibus: I read “fornicate age-appropriately” and wanted to suggest that you are not the boss of me.
@RaflW: What, you’re 18?
This site seems to be mostly read by old farts. Now get off our lawn.
Watching Sunset Boulevard. It’s New Year’s Eve in the story. William Holden has just asked if “all the waxworks are coming” to Norma’s NYE party.
Good, good flick.
ETA: I love Max. And I’d forgotten some of the Norma Desmond encounter began with a dead monkey.
I’m hoping you are feeling better way soon.
@a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): As far as I am concerned, you (and anyone else for that matter) may fornicate (or not) any way you choose as long as it is consensual.
Thank you. I’ll get there.
Howard Beale IV
Obligatory live New Years Eve Bebeh Kittehs-45 days old
So sorry to hear of the loss. 55 is too young. Thoughts are with you.
@Roger Moore: I was reading about the lady who wasn’t allowed to walk in the Rose Parade back in the day because she was Black.
Racism And Redemption At The Tournament Of Roses Parade via @forbes
I’ll say it again, white folk today, should be very happy with how long Black folk have CHOSEN to “not dwell” on the history and practice of racism in this country, cause mahn, if we had not…
HAPPY NEW YEARS!
Consumed the celebratory sushi roll of spicy tuna liberally dosed with wasabi. MAH LEETHPS AH BUNNIGH. And I made my very first cocktail, a vodka kiwi sparkler. I had to improvise, it didn’t seem frugal to blow 5 bucks on a mini-prosecco. But not on a lottery ticket. Girl has to dream. But the first one of these sparklers has me feeling very um mellow. I have apple slices bathed in stevia and lime baking in the oven for dessert and I am all set with candles and my poshes pajamas to ring in the new year. I hope to be at the gym either before the rose parade or in time to watch the rose parade while I workout. If not, I’ll do a kickboxing and weight lifting session at home, then head out for the tasty celebratory brunch I promised myself. The new year is off to a great start.
It’s like 2014 just couldn’t leave without one last mass casualty event. At least 35 are dead in Shanghai at their New Year’s Eve celebration after a stampede from what seems like someone tossing FAKE money out a window.
Ugh. Fuck this year.
Brendan in Charlotte
I’ve done my usual NYE routine. Got to the grocery store before they closed, so I don’t need to go out tomorrow morning. Will stay up as late as I can, but will probably be in bed before midnight. Only about 8 blocks from the fireworks, so i won’t miss them. It’s gonna be 30 degrees here for New Years. I’m not used to having New Years Eve and Day off, so I’m headed to my brother’s tomorrow. We’ll commiserate about how our football team (The Bills) will recover from their best year in a decade – and still need a QB and new coach.
@Cckids: That is sad. Very sad. I hope this doesn’t sound remotely flippant, but never underestimate food helping in a time of pain.
@Cckids: that’s terrible. Sorry to hear that. People are always grateful for the consideration of food at a time like this though. It’s condolences in action.
@Pogonip: Oh, no, I’m in my very late 40s, as my sis-in-law (who turned 50 this year) puts it.
I should have mentioned that the three parties tomorrow start at 11am, noon and 1pm and feature food over daemon alcohol. 18 year olds would only wake up in time for the dregs of ham rolls & cheese and crackers.
@efgoldman: That too.
So I’m gonna probably gonna watch Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin NYE “special” on CNN.
I just like to see Griffin rag on Cooper.
Happy New Year’s BJers
Blew more of my day today than I planned fighting with an experimental batch of soap to test 2 new molds, one of which leaked raw soap all over the bottom of the oven, creating enough smoke to make me open the doors and windows in our balmy 20 degree weather.
The dogs were quite disgusted.
So tomorrow I have to do the post Christmas cleaning I planned to do today.
I think you want the previous thread.
For all that Pasadena brags about Jackie Robinson now, they weren’t so proud of him back when he actually lived here. It took 50 years after he broke the color line in baseball before there was a statue of him in his hometown.
Why is Elvis doing a Civil War medley?
@Cckids: I’m so sorry. That’s a tragedy that can last a lifetime for loved ones left behind.
@Cckids: I’m so sorry. So young, really.
And, I’m sure, so difficult to understand.
@Roger Moore: ABC News did a segment on her here:
Watching ABC World News Tonight With David Muir: 1958 African-American Rose Bowl Queen to Ride in Head… on @hulu http://www.hulu.com/watch/732225?utm_source=twitter
@Baud: I had better wish you a Happy New Year now, then, before you fade!
I am about to make a late supper of a sort of mini pizza, using naan for the crust, with spicy red peppers from my garden, kalamata olives and mozarella cheese. Accompanied by Blenheim’s ginger ale – the finest ginger ale you’ll find anywhere, very spicy.
Would you like to join me? I’m sure the heat from the pizza and the ginger ale would cure what ails you!
Alright, Juicers. It’s midnight in Rio, which is good enough for me. I’ll see you on the other side. Happy new year, everyone. Thanks for the company tonight and every day.
An Affair to Remember is a little sappy.. Really Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories… Winter is cold.. Oh well, Cary Grant is hot.
@satby: I can sympathize. I make soap, also, and I know how hard it is to clean up a raw soap mess. I hope you did not get any skin burns from dealing with it.
@Baud: Happy New Year!
@Poopyman: Well, I’ll mass cabernet troops on my border anytime. Good luck!
@Elizabelle: AWESOME flick, a fave.
I’m ready for my closeup!
@Omnes Omnibus: I freakin’ don’t want to know.
IDK why, but I really do love the Griffin/Cooper collabo on CNN every New Year…I literally giggle the whole time…
It’s so cold here that 72 degrees isn’t making it. I had to turn up the thermostat to 75 for the house to get warm.
Cary Grant is so hot. Did you enjoy Cary Grant Month on TCM? I did.
Just finished the 1972 Elvis film. In 1972 I thought Elvis was so kitschy. Well, he was, but boy he was a kickass singer.
And Jack Webb is at the party!
@Josie: how cool, a fellow soaper!
No, no burns. I was CPOP, so it was partially done.
Best smelling smoke ever, but thick.
I finished the rest in a crock pot and glopped it into a different mold. It’s going to make nice laundry soap… later.
It was fantastic! Great flute solo.
@RaflW: Indeed. I used to be one. Now, at a quarter to ten local time, I’m going to bed. I am sure I will be reading the site next year.
“a little sappy”? hahaha That’s called litotes
Robert Osborne has already stopped drinking. What kind of NYE is that?
@gogol’s wife: Elvis’s appeal escapes me a bit. From his era, I prefer Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Eddie Cochran. OTOH, my mom is still a huge Elvis fan.
Eating some homemade paella and challah rolls, drinking a nice whiskey sour, watching Jeopardy in a few minutes (Pacific time, you know), then going out for the early end of a live blues band at a local dive bar. We should be home by 10:30, and if we can stay awake, we’ll ring in the new year with a bottle of champagne in front of our fireplace, with our soon-to-be-mulch Xmas tree providing festive lighting. Not too bad for a couple of 60++ old geezers.
@Baud: Happy New Year bud, hope you feel better. Get some rest.
@efgoldman: I get that. I understand his place in musical history, but the understanding is intellectual not visceral.
Tree With Water
@efgoldman: Indeed. Lennon later referred to 1965 as his “fat Elvis period”. He also claimed the Elvis he knew and loved was tamed by the army, and every Elvis fan knows what he meant by that. Poor old Elvis also badmouthed the Beatles to Richard Nixon as America’s enemies in the war, alas, on (some) drugs, just a few years before drugs finished him. He gave a lot to the world before his tragic end, old Elvis did.
I personally love NYE, mostly because living in the Chicago area there are so many great options when it comes to music, and restaurants. I haven’t been to a bar on NYE, in 20+ years that wasn’t a music venue, so you don’t tend to get the crowd of overly drunken revellers. Restaurants usually have special menus, so that is an extra treat, though often pricey. Going to a 10:30 seating prix fixe in a bit, but luckily am being taken, with a few other lucky souls, by a wealthy friend. and his wife, so that is nice. It’ll be followed by a nice late night jam session back at his house. (Mostly acoustic, as to not disturb the neighbors.) Also, he keeps a stunning collection of bourbons, so that always makes it fun!
@moderateindy: I miss Chicago :(
Thank you to everyone for your kind thoughts. It isn’t as though I’m personally devastated, but my heart aches for the family, my nephews in particular. In 14 months, they’ve lost both grandfathers, 2 great-grandfathers, an uncle & their dog. That’s a sucky year at any time, but when you’re 5 & 7, really tough to comprehend.
Will be glad to see the end of 2014.
J R in WV
Well, some things about 2014 have sucked. My shoulder has gradually failed, nearly totally so at this point. I have replacement joint surgery scheduled for mid-Feb. I’m told it will be miserable, but it’s miserable now too.
Aside from that, rolled a wonderful 2008 F-350 truck back in March, part of why my shoulder hurts, but mostly they tell me from osteoarthritis. No cartilage left to make things smooth.
Hope to do some travel this new year, once my shoulder is all better. Thinking about starting a new project, not construction, have been told my hands-on construction days are behind me.
Went to a younger friend’s NYE party, about 20 miles across the county, he grew up in very real poverty, many times if he didn’t take a .22 rifle into the woods to shoot a rabbit or squirrels they would have had nothing to eat, at the age of 11 or 12. Now he runs a successful construction company building water systems. Great to see his success, great wife and kids.
Several of his friends/employees were there. One fellow has a band-aid on his nose, said it was bitten badly (?!?!) some time back. But friends indicated he was hurt on the job… probably a joke, maybe.
Happy New Year, everybody…!!!