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Title: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on November 21, 2006, 02:50:16 pm
I'm thinking about taking in a concert by the Yonder Mountain String Band, which will be playing at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. What are other people's plans??
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Ellemeno on November 21, 2006, 03:57:51 pm
I've long had this belief that as I liveth my New Year's Eve, so goeth my coming year, or maybe more like "Begin as you mean to go on." 

So, probably this New Year's Eve, we'll spend at home, having spent the day tidying the house and getting it peaceful and lovely.  Seattle has fireworks on New Year's Eve, and I love watching them - albeit from a distance.  So far, we have never taken my daughter out at midnight to see them, but maybe we will this year.  We could get in the car, and put a blanket on her, and just watch them from a hill.

My stepfather was Southern, so we have black eyed peas on New Year's Day.  Sometimes we have an open house that day, but I haven't thought that far yet, this year (til right now).

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: opinionista on November 21, 2006, 07:14:01 pm
I'm going to be here, and I ain't kidding!  ;D

(http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j120/nataligv_2006/culebra.jpg)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Shakesthecoffecan on November 21, 2006, 10:38:51 pm
Honey, do you need someone to carry your bags? :P
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: isabelle on November 25, 2006, 04:15:45 pm
Sometimes we have an open house that day, but I haven't thought that far yet, this year (til right now).



Hi Elle, what is an open house, please?

Looks like I'll be home alone with my daughter, since her father's going to play music in an overbooked restaurant... I like a quiet night on my own. Come to think of it, I might watch BBM! From 11.15 till 01.30. Best way to end the old year, and start the new one!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: David In Indy on November 25, 2006, 04:22:15 pm
I'm going to be here, and I ain't kidding!  ;D

(http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j120/nataligv_2006/culebra.jpg)

Oh! Where the hell is it?

It looks beautiful!  :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Lynne on November 25, 2006, 06:50:24 pm
Last year was a Humphrey Bogart movie marathon - The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Key Largo, topped off with Casablanca.  This year...hmmm...maybe Jake and Heath?

A lineup like...
Ten Things
Donnie Darko
A Knight's Tale
Brokeback Mountain...

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Ellemeno on November 26, 2006, 09:41:51 pm

Hi Elle, what is an open house, please?


It's a party that might last from say 2pm to 8pm, and people typically come for a while at any point in the party.  Very casual, no formal time to sit down and eat together, just kind of revolving, people coming and going.  It can be very nice.  The one thing I am finding though is I can't handle the long hours of people still being in my house like I used to.  Maybe we'll keep it much shorter this year, like 3 hours in the afternoon.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: RouxB on November 27, 2006, 01:08:13 am
I'm hoping to be somewhere other than sitting in my kitchen on the computer.


 O0
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Ellemeno on November 27, 2006, 02:30:48 am
I'm hoping to be somewhere other than sitting in my kitchen on the computer.


 O0

Maybe we could come over and help you move your computer into the living room - have a party while we're at it. :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on November 27, 2006, 03:09:42 am
I'm thinking about taking in a concert by the Yonder Mountain String Band, which will be playing at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver. What are other people's plans??

If all goes well, I'll be in Denver!  :D I'll be at my brother's, Lee, so if the concert doesn't work out, feel free to stop by!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: dot-matrix on November 27, 2006, 03:51:46 am
Planning on a quiet night at home with Bob, me and the dogs (Hunter, Bailey, Studly, Rico, Elvis and Coco) playing Scrabble and watching the ball drop in Times Square.  Perhaps a nice bottle of Champagne and a few noshes while we play, a kiss at midnight and a cuddle til dawn.  Works for me  ;)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: SFEnnisSF on November 27, 2006, 05:17:24 pm
Hah!  I'll actually be back at the John Hancock hotel in Boston.  :D  Yep, back at the scene of the crime!  :laugh:
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Lynne on November 27, 2006, 05:26:09 pm
Hah!  I'll actually be back at the John Hancock hotel in Boston.  :D  Yep, back at the scene of the crime!  :laugh:

Awesome, Eric!!!

It gets really, really cold in Boston on First Night...you be sure to bundle up!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: opinionista on November 27, 2006, 06:23:40 pm
Oh! Where the hell is it?

It looks beautiful!  :)

The Caribbean. Culebra, Puerto Rico.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Brown Eyes on November 27, 2006, 10:29:54 pm
Well, I'll probably be here... as in on BetterMost or something.  I have a long and wierd history of very uneventful New Years Eves.  I just take it as an opportunity to kick back and relax.
 :-\
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sheyne on November 29, 2006, 05:41:38 am

I have a great New Years planned..  My man, Bruce, and I are heading up the coast with our kids. His mate has a beachfront apartment in Maroochydore (about an hour and a half north of Brisbane at the Sunshine Coast).  We're going to dine somewhere early in the afternoon, take the kids for a run along the beach and kick around a football (ie - tire the blessed little souls out so they go to bed!!!  ;) )  Then he and I are going to mix us some cocktails and sit on the balcony, watch the fireworks and the beautiful night sky and toast to a wonderful year to come!..


CHEERS!!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 29, 2006, 10:48:21 am
Having two blizzards in the space of a week has thrown something of a damper on my New Year's plans, but I'm still hopeful of getting together with Brokie friends, to watch the movie together this evening and, hopefully, go out on the town Sunday nite. We'll stay in touch!!

Let us know of your plans for the big evening!! Also, your New Year's Brokie Resolutions!!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: David on December 29, 2006, 10:52:47 am
I'll be working until 6:30 PM.     

Then most likely home having sex.    Hopefully not alone this time!    :laugh:  LOL.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 29, 2006, 10:55:18 am
That's the best New Year's Eve activity I can think of!! A close second is snuggling with my Brokie friends while watching the movie.

I'll order a banana daiquiri in your honor, David!!

Title: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: Meryl on December 30, 2006, 02:29:45 pm
New Year's is one of those holidays that sometimes falls through the cracks.  Most of the family stuff is over, and the relatives have headed back home.  People often feel pressured to have a good time because of the party hearty reputation that the day has.

My roommate and I are having some friends over for a light supper and lots of gabbing, and we'll probably watch the ball drop in Times Square.  I've lived in NYC many years but never had the fortitude to actually brave going down there for the event.   Once I went to Chinatown for dinner on New Year's Eve, and the waiters ran the Chinese New Year dragon through the restaurant.  That was fun!  8)

So what are you doing?  Going to a big bash?  Having a quiet dinner at home?  Watching the ball drop on TV?  Sleeping?  ;D
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: Kelda on December 30, 2006, 02:36:55 pm
I'm undecided.
Callum's friend is having a houseparty about 10miles away - we may well go to that. Only thing is there is a possibility of 80mile an hour winds which I don't fancy getting stuck in the middle of.

Truthfully I'd be quite happy curling up at home with  good few bottles of nice Champagne and some nice munchies, and seeingin in the new year just the 2 of us.

Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: belbbmfan on December 30, 2006, 03:00:08 pm
this year, it will be just the four of us on new year's eve and new year's day. My kids chose the menu for tomorrow night. We having roast chicken with french fries!
and after that we're going to watch a dvd! My youngest picked 'the Simpsons'  :-\ I'm sure I'll love that!  :laugh:

And on New Year's Day, i think we'll go to the zoo, weather permitting. We did that a couple of years ago and it was really nice.

happy new year!  :)
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: Shakesthecoffecan on December 30, 2006, 03:01:29 pm
I am hoping for a quiet eveing at home, in front of the TV, with a glass of wine. I can't muster the energy for much else.
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: MaineWriter on December 30, 2006, 03:12:57 pm
I am not a particular fan of New Year's Eve and many years ago, Tony and I decided that our favorite thing to do was stay at home, have a nice dinner, and retire early. Well, we retire early most every night of the week, why should New Year's be any different? LOL. I did stay up to see 2000 come in (watching the fireworks from around the world on TV was fun) but that might have been the last time.

Hannah has a friend here from New York City. She has invited a few other friends over and they will be having a sleepover. Dinner is going to be pizza on the grill. With a gang of teenage girls taking over my living room, I am sure I will be retiring early, this year too!

Leslie
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 30, 2006, 03:40:04 pm
God, I hate New Year's Eve, the whole New Year's business. ...  :P

It always makes me think of one of the lines that Dickens has Scrooge ascribe to Christmas: A time for finding yourself another year older and not an hour richer.

That said. ...

I plan to make myself a nice dinner of steak, pasta, and salad. I'm invited to an open house in the evening. Then I'll probably go by the Usual Watering Hole to ring in the New Year.

New Year's Day will feature a good Pennsylvania German New Year's Day dinner of pork and sauerkraut (baked pork chops in my case). Philadelphia has its annual New Year's Day Mummers' Parade, which passes up South Broad Street right under my windows (you still see more on television  ;D ), but this year rain is apt to ruin the festivities, possibly even postpone them, depending on how fast that storm comes in from Texas.
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: Penthesilea on December 30, 2006, 04:27:40 pm
Kerstin and her family will come over to us. We'll be four adults and five kids. We'll wait until the two most little brats  ;) (both three years old) will be asleep, then start a late and long dinner. We'll have cheese-fondue:

(http://www.math.rwth-aachen.de/~Markus.Ottensmann/Kochbuch/images/miniKaesefondue.gif)

(http://www.exquisine.de/rezepte/bilder/kaesefondue.jpg)

Then we will play parlor games (? I looked that word up; never heard it before; hope you know what I mean) until midnight. Some time between we'll watch "Dinner for one" on TV together. It's traditional in Germany (Leslie started a thread about it: http://72.232.132.224/forum/index.php/topic,7025.0.html (http://72.232.132.224/forum/index.php/topic,7025.0.html)).

At midnight we'll go outside and watch the fireworks in our street. We even bought some fire crackers ourselves.
Then we hope to send the older children to bed, so we adults can sit and talk some, until we're dead-tired. Last year our girls were up as long as we were. New Years Eve is the one night in the year they are allowed to stay up as long as they want. Theoratically. In fact, we sent them to bed at 2 am last year. Their energy is unbelievable.

On New Year we'll do nothing but relax and recover from the night before.
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: Ellemeno on December 30, 2006, 11:55:03 pm
We (husband and 3 1/2 yo and I) will probably have a pretty regular evening, and let M stay up as late as she wants with the goal of being able to go out and see the fireworks at midnight.  I love them from a distance.  It's cold here, so we may bundle up in the car and just find a good place to park and watch. 

On New Year's Day we will have black eyed peas (a U.S. southern tradition).  We often have an open house (inviting friends to stop in for any time during the day), but I haven't done a thing to organize that this year.  (We just got back two days ago from two weeks away, and I am still just getting used to being home.)  Maybe tomorrow I'll call a few friends and see if I can get something together. 

Tuesday is the first regular day, with husband going back to work, and daughter going back to school.  I am looking forward to that by now.  It's been a relaxing, low key holiday time for me.  No big highs and no big lows.  Stability - who knew it could be so enjoyable?  :)
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 31, 2006, 01:07:57 am
I am glad to hear that you had a low-stress trip Clarissa! Every mom deserves that!! With 5 ft of snow in my neighborhood, we just may set off some firecrackers ourselves. No fire hazard this year!! I'm hoping to go downtown and take in a spectacular fireworks display and partay with a Brokie friend or two!!

Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: Ellemeno on December 31, 2006, 02:39:31 am
I am glad to hear that you had a low-stress trip Clarissa! Every mom deserves that!! With 5 ft of snow in my neighborhood, we just may set off some firecrackers ourselves. No fire hazard this year!! I'm hoping to go downtown and take in a spectacular fireworks display and partay with a Brokie friend or two!!



Lee, I was at the grocery store this morning and saw a large display of avocados and seriously thought of overnighting  some to you. 
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 31, 2006, 02:52:29 am
How sweet of you!! Actually I pigged out on avocado at Wahoo's Fish Taco place today with latjoreme and EDelMar!!
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: Ellemeno on December 31, 2006, 03:04:23 am
It was probably roughly at pig out time that I was in that store, and something told me you didn't need them avocados anymore. :)

Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: RouxB on December 31, 2006, 04:37:14 am
Party
friends
cake
candles

Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2006, 11:20:06 am
Well, I have a goddamn bitch of an unsatisfactory cold!  I'll need a nap.

I'm in Provincetown with a few friends and my little French neice and nephew (8 and 10).  We'll have oysters and lobster for dinner.  The kids get to stay up late tonight.  We'll do the French tradition:  everyone grabs a pot and a spoon, and bang like hell to chase the old year out of every corner of the house.

Good champagne, of course.  Probably waffles for breakfast.

Happy New Year, everyone!
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: MaineWriter on December 31, 2006, 11:29:57 am
You take care of yourself, Paul! This is nurse Leslie talking...

That fondue looks great, Pent. We are actually thinking of having a raclette party, maybe tomorrow.

L
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: Meryl on December 31, 2006, 01:54:36 pm
Well, I have a goddamn bitch of an unsatisfactory cold!  I'll need a nap.

I'm in Provincetown with a few friends and my little French neice and nephew (8 and 10).  We'll have oysters and lobster for dinner.  The kids get to stay up late tonight.  We'll do the French tradition:  everyone grabs a pot and a spoon, and bang like hell to chase the old year out of every corner of the house.

Good champagne, of course.  Probably waffles for breakfast.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Paul, so sorry you're nursing a cold.  Feel better!  You reminded me of two New Year's traditions:  banging on pots and pans and eating lobster.  I think I'll join you in both!  :D

I'll be having lunch at the Boathouse tomorrow, where we've had several Brokie get-togethers, and I'll be with two of my Lord of the Rings friends who were with me at my first viewing of Brokeback Mountain.  I'm definitely ordering champagne and lobster, if it's on the menu, budget be damned!  ;D

A solemn YEEHAW to all Brokies everywhere and best wishes for a fantastic New Year.  See you in Estes Park and Alberta!   :-*

Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: ptannen on December 31, 2006, 03:33:18 pm
My partner, David, and I usually go to sleep early on New Year’s Eve, sometimes after fixin a special dinner for ourselves.  This year we decided to go to an 8:30pm New Year’s Eve Concert (Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Mozart Magic Flute Overture and famous arias) being held in the Sanctuary of the San Francisco Unitarian Church, followed by a Champagne reception.

I happened to mention our plans in an E-mail to Michael Flanagan (michaelflanagansf) and Linda (Auntie; Killersmom).  Linda is visiting San Francisco for a few days from Texas and Michael is showin her around.  I wanted to get together with them.  He told me that his New Year’s Eve plans fell though and that they were interested in the concert.  :) 

So, I’ve invited them both to come on over for dinner with David and me. Then the four of us will go to the concert.  So now I need to red-line it over to the farmers’ market to get some grub to fix for dinner (even though I’m pretty good with a can opener.)  This will also be the first occasion where I can show off my BBM billboard panel in our dining room (with some additions: The BBM Day in SF Proclamation, a pic of original billboard, and the other billboard panels at Eric's place) to fellow Brokies!  ;D :o


(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p36/PTannen/Billboard_in_dining_room_w_addition.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2007, 02:40:35 am
Pete, I'm glad to hear about the holiday get-together, it sounds like a lot of fun! I just returned home from spending a couple of wonderful hours chatting with latjoreme, and then I went downtown to see the fireworks with EDelMar. I am a happy Front-Ranger tonite.
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: Penthesilea on January 01, 2007, 07:47:12 am
I thinks it's great when Brokies celebrate the new year (not only new year, I love to hear of all Brokie-meetings) with fellow Brokies, people they had not known a year ago. This is really something, isn't it?

Kerstin and I were thinking of you all last night:

(http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m47/Penthesilea06/Im000692.jpg?t=1167651619)


Leslie: And we did see Dinner for One again. Same procedure as every year..... ;)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: isabelle on January 01, 2007, 08:09:21 am
The friends I was entertaining last night left at 12.15.
And what d'you think I did? Yep, put on "Brokeback Mountain.
A wonderful new year is beginning!
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: Ellemeno on January 01, 2007, 09:47:51 am
Great photo, Chrissi, thanks for sharing it.  :)

Well, I had told my 3 year old that if she was awake, we could go see the fireworks at midnight, and strongly suggested a nap.  There was no nap, and by 8pm she actually WANTED to go to bed.  While we were getting her ready, she was marvelling, "We really stayed up sooo late.  It's late and we're still awake."  It was really only about 45 minutes past usual bedtime.  LOL

I put her into my bed so that I could help her cope with the fireworks sounds (we have a teenage boy four houses away who usually lets loose quite an arsenal).  We laid down, and I was gone for the night.  Snore.


Happy new year, everyone!  I feel quietly optimistic. :)

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Ellemeno on January 01, 2007, 09:50:01 am
Happy new year, Everyone!  :)
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: MaineWriter on January 01, 2007, 10:49:05 am
Leslie: And we did see Dinner for One again. Same procedure as every year..... ;)

Ha ha, glad to hear it!

We had raclette (also Swiss, like fondue)...melted cheese with bread, potatoes, cornichons and onions. I crashed early, like I always do. The teenage girls (3 of them) were whooping it up until 5 am when Tony finally made them brush their teeth and go to bed. So now we probably won't see them til 3 pm this afternoon! Makes for a nice quiet day for me, which suits me just fine.

L
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: belbbmfan on January 01, 2007, 10:53:38 am
Chrissie,
what a great picture! thanks for posting that.

i hope to see you two in Alberta this year! Happy New Year to you and Kerstin!
Title: Re: What are you doing for New Year's?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 01, 2007, 12:44:28 pm
I thinks it's great when Brokies celebrate the new year (not only new year, I love to hear of all Brokie-meetings) with fellow Brokies, people they had not known a year ago. This is really something, isn't it?

It really is something! And that pretty well nails the most important aspect of this whole phenomenon for me: All the wonderful new friends I've made since this time last year--thanks to Ennis and Jack!

A happy, healthy, and prosperous 2007 to all Brokies and all good friends everywhere!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Lynne on January 01, 2007, 01:09:05 pm
Last year was a Humphrey Bogart movie marathon - The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Key Largo, topped off with Casablanca.  This year...hmmm...maybe Jake and Heath?

A lineup like...
Ten Things
Donnie Darko
A Knight's Tale
Brokeback Mountain...


My movies-alone-plan morphed into seeing Babel with my friend Randy, who was in town visiting his folks - altogether a better idea!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2007, 01:27:23 pm
First I chatted with latjoreme--for about two hours! Then, I went to the observatory (tho it was mostly overcast). I finished up by watching fireworks downtown with Ennis. I was just about to try to get a pic of him, lo angle, with some fireworks in the background, when my camera batteries gave out!! No matter, there were no surly bikers around anyway.

Here's the observatory:

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-8/1210035/DSCN1202.JPG)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2007, 01:29:22 pm
The scene just before the foreworks began. The clocktower in downtown Denver is a replica of the famous one at St. Mark's square in Venice:

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-8/1210035/DSCN1203.JPG)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2007, 01:31:24 pm
Fireworks!!!

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-8/1210035/DSCN1210.JPG)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2007, 01:39:11 pm
Just one more fireworks pic. Sorry it was blurry--I was shivering!!

(http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-8/1210035/DSCN1208.JPG)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: ptannen on January 01, 2007, 04:51:33 pm
Great pics, Lee!   ;D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on January 11, 2007, 03:28:02 pm
Lee, I'm just catching up with this thread. Thanks for posting the pictures of the fireworks that we got there too late to see (mostly)! So we missed the excitement, but got in on the shivering.  :-\
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: brokebackjack on November 09, 2007, 06:50:39 am
Not a clue Lee.

Come do NY's Eve with US!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 14, 2007, 03:55:22 pm
I would love to, Jack! You gonna be in town this NYE? I'm gonna be in Arizona at a spa for this one. Last winter held too many blizzards for my taste, so I'm gonna be a snow bunny and escape this year. But I'll be online with you for sure!!

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Ellemeno on December 14, 2007, 04:45:45 pm
This New Year's Eve, Mr. Meno, MiniMeno, GrandmaMeno, AuntieMeno, and I will be at GrandmaMeno's house in Virginia for the last time.  Soon after that she will be moving closer to us, which is a good thing, but the knowledge that that part of all our past is closing is bittersweet. 

As a family, we have always been bicoastal, some of us East, and some of us West, sometimes flip-flopping, always a family reason to travel to the other coast.  Over the last few years, we have all moved West, seemingly for the long haul, with GrandmaMeno the last to make the move.

I love my West Coast present and vision of the future, but I am New York City born and raised.  I guess I'll have to grow up more now, and not just go places where I have family.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 18, 2007, 12:35:57 pm
At this point I'm planning to make myself a dinner of steak and my favorite pasta casserole, then smarten up and go out and get drunk, same as any New Year's Eve.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: belbbmfan on December 18, 2007, 12:47:59 pm
Our new year's eve starts at 3 in the afternoon. We'll meet up with my sister and sister in law and their family and some friends and go for a walk in the woods (let's hope it doesn't rain!). Afterwards we'll go to the pub for a pre new years's eve drink (trappist beer probably, yummy).
And then we'll all move to my sister's place and have a winter barbecue (again weather permitting). We'll organise a quiz and play some board games with the kids and just have a good time.

I'm looking forward to it.  :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Meryl on December 18, 2007, 02:19:33 pm
Jeff and Fabienne, I'll take either of your evenings.  Sounds good.  8)

I'll be in northern Indiana at my brother's (missing you out East again, Elle!).  It's their wedding anniversary, so we'll probably do something special, like go out to eat or drive into Chicago.  8)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: brokebackjack on December 18, 2007, 03:06:20 pm
This New Year's Eve, Mr. Meno, MiniMeno, GrandmaMeno, AuntieMeno, and I will be at GrandmaMeno's house in Virginia for the last time.  Soon after that she will be moving closer to us, which is a good thing, but the knowledge that that part of all our past is closing is bittersweet. 

As a family, we have always been bicoastal, some of us East, and some of us West, sometimes flip-flopping, always a family reason to travel to the other coast.  Over the last few years, we have all moved West, seemingly for the long haul, with GrandmaMeno the last to make the move.

I love my West Coast present and vision of the future, but I am New York City born and raised.  I guess I'll have to grow up more now, and not just go places where I have family.
lmao

you might find yourself with the same problem IIIII have: I go to NYC because of family >>>>>>and because I could not care less if they lopped off everything but the Northeast and the northern intermountain states, specifically Wyoming and Montana. With maybe New Mexico and AZ ( haven't made up my mind yet on those 2} thrown in.

There is absolutely no reason to GO anywhere else in the US more then ONCE, either the landscape itself  or the people who live there are boring. California isn't worth the trip, while the Pacific NW may be pretty but the people are on mars. Texas???? I'd rather be dead. The South? Flat and dumb. Florida? Flatter and dumber.

Go to France. Or Montreal. You might have to deal with Artiste's questions in person but.....At least you will eat well.

LOL



Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 18, 2007, 03:30:22 pm
while the Pacific NW may be pretty but the people are on mars.

 :o :o :o

Jesus H., I hope you're joking. We got us a couple of really good Brokie buddies who were at the barbecue and live in the Pacific Northwest. ...
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: brokebackjack on December 18, 2007, 10:44:09 pm


we should have found our own place, but we didn't and now I'm stuck in this hole called Colorado for the foreseeable future. I get out of Denver at every possible opportunity. I hate it here.

and if that's whining so be it.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on December 19, 2007, 12:19:22 pm
There is absolutely no reason to GO anywhere else in the US more then ONCE, either the landscape itself  or the people who live there are boring. California isn't worth the trip, while the Pacific NW may be pretty but the people are on mars. Texas???? I'd rather be dead. The South? Flat and dumb. Florida? Flatter and dumber.

Shit, that's hard.  :laugh:

I have lived at least briefly in the West (Ketchum, ID), the East (NYC), the South (New Orleans) and the Midwest (various). I always wind up not wanting to live in the places I live, too. But the places I travel to -- that's different. I've been in all but four states and I've liked almost everywhere enough to daydream about living there instead of wherever I actually am living.

On New Year's Eve I'll be in Denver, actually. Not sure exactly what I'll be doing, but it won't be with the fire and brimstone crowd.




Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 19, 2007, 10:15:47 pm

Jack, how many people are you trying to offend?  I don't get why you are saying these things.  ???

Shall we start counting, Elle?  :(
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 19, 2007, 10:41:47 pm

we should have found our own place, but we didn't and now I'm stuck in this hole called Colorado for the foreseeable future. I get out of Denver at every possible opportunity. I hate it here.

and if that's whining so be it.

Jack: We need to talk.

Fortunately, I am not easily offended. In fact, I can't remember the last time I was. In fact, I don't think I know what "offended" means.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Dobie1018 on December 19, 2007, 10:58:10 pm
Well, I live in the "flatter & dumber" state of Florida and absolutely love it here!  Especially this time of year.  You can't beat it.   I will probably be spending New Years Eve at home with my 4 legged, hairy "kids" around me.  I will probably go to bed at my regular time, and sleep right through the start of the new year.  I never did get into going out and celebrating the the end of one year and the start of a new one.  It's just the start of another year for me. 
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: brokebackjack on December 20, 2007, 03:59:29 am
Very OFF TOPIC, and possibly TMI, but.......
Everybody should ignore me, I am really not up to speed. In the last few weeks i almost lost my aunt and spent weeks in NY dealing with it. I came back and moved in with my son 2 days later, because he had this surgical procedure and needed someone there, in the house, to help him. I came home TONIGHT....Our own house is STILL a shambles. We have a lovely  'sick house' in Denver which took 50 thousand bucks to  decontaminate. We had to leave it for 2 1/2 months---and we got a fully working bathroom back YESTERDAY while we still do not have a working kitchen.  The two of us are tired of eating out and tired of cooking snacks on a damned hot plate. Last saturday, adding insult to injury,  the house was robbed. In  early January my wife has to get a hysterectomy, and before that is having hand surgery. While I'm crazy, I am also very crazy about my WIFE, who took me 30 years to catch: how much does one woman have to deal with??? And she is still not 100% from the various ilnesses she got from living in this lousy former 'sick house', which--even now that it is fine and healthy--we can't sell without losing our shirt in the current market.  On Monday we flee east for Christmas. In February i have to head back east AGAIN to help my aunt get settled. I took a year off to 'write' and haven't written anything meaningfull in MONTHS.

Yeah i know; it sounds like a soap!
And we have not even had our first wedding anniversary>>>that's January 6th...

I am waaaaaay stressed out. I can't stand anything which has happened anymore and wish I had never ever come to Colorado

Look, when you come right down to it I can be a whiny jackass.  I can also be a total geographical snob. I  may not much care for a lot of places, which is my right, yet that does not give me ANY right to be so tactless I upset anyone>>> I mean hell different strokes for different folks. I apologise for upsetting so many of you. I KNOW a lot of you. And artiste, I actually DO want to hear your questions in Montreal, that was not an insult roflmaol!!!

On the other hand, I am always being pointed at in Colorado for saying I like Kansas.  Kansas is flat and boring....and you can hear the ocean in the grass, hear the silence within the wind as it mauls the land.

Just bear with me. I'm sick to death of it all. And thanks for telling me to cut the crap, I needed it. If I get that way again, JUST TELL ME, I'm on the thick side.

Again....sorry my friends. I really feel badly about being  an idiot with you all.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Ellemeno on December 20, 2007, 04:00:53 am
Oh man, I knew it had to be something.  You were so extremely nice when I met you at the BBQ.  :)

I'm sorry you are having all that rough stuff.  I'm sending good thoughts to you, Katrina, your son, and your aunt.  And then to all of Denver to do right by you.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: brokebackjack on December 20, 2007, 04:08:51 am
 :-*

thanks elle....again, I apologise  for upsetting anyone. Sometimes I can be a whiny jerk.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Ellemeno on December 20, 2007, 04:22:18 am
[Elle high fives Jack]  Hey, I can for sure be a whiny jerk too!  Especially when overwhelmed.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: ifyoucantfixit on December 20, 2007, 08:42:10 am

California isn't worth the trip, while the Pacific NW may be pretty but the people are on mars. Texas? I'd rather be dead. The South? Flat and dumb. Florida? Flatter and dumber.
-----------------------------------------------------------


  . People everywhere can be
   crazy or sane.. I dont think it has a whit to do with location...JMO  You have every reason to be disgusted.
   Go ahead and get it all off your chest.....This is the place to do it...noone will fault you for it. 
   I will add my good wishes to Elles and say we can all be thinking that your new year gets only better and
   better.  You have survived the onslaught this year...   
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: mvansand76 on December 20, 2007, 08:57:05 am
For the first time in the six years that we are together, I'm spending my New Year's without my boyfriend...  :( :'( I'm spending it with my sister in England. She is now divorced and battling cancer, so I thought it would be a good thing to head on over there and be with her and her two children. My boyfriend is staying in Holland to keep his mother company.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 20, 2007, 09:49:52 am
Sometimes I can be a whiny jerk.

S'alright, Jack. We understand. We're family here. I'm embarrassed 'cause I knew about your aunt and forgot about it. Didn't realize about the other sh*t you've been dealing with, though. All those health issues in one family. ... Mein Gott. ...  :(

We'll just send you some cheese and crackers for Christmas, to go with the whine. ...  ;)

(((Jack))) (((Katrina)))
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on December 20, 2007, 11:23:44 am
Wow, Jack, I'm so sorry to hear about all that you've been going through. That is way too much to deal with, even one thing at a time, let alone all at once.

We all get stressed out and lash out now and then. But not everybody recognizes it as immediately and apologizes as graciously as you just did.

And Mel, sounds like you'll have a rough Christmas, too.

Good thoughts going out to both of you.



Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 20, 2007, 11:33:16 am
  And then to all of Denver to do right by you.

Laura and I have been trying to reach Jack by phone, but we will redouble our efforts. Jack answer your effin phone, willya??

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Meryl on December 20, 2007, 12:36:26 pm
(((Jack and Katrina, Melissa and sister)))

Here's wishing you lots of roses to smell in the coming year.  You deserve them!  :-*


(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h269/merylmarie/assorted-roses.jpg)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: mvansand76 on December 20, 2007, 01:44:38 pm
(((Jack and Katrina, Melissa and sister)))

Here's wishing you lots of roses to smell in the coming year.  You deserve them!  :-*


(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h269/merylmarie/assorted-roses.jpg)

Thank you soooo much, Meryl....  :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Ellemeno on December 20, 2007, 03:48:55 pm
Melissa, I wish you, your sister, and her kids the warmest of New Year's.  None of us know what the next year will hold, so being together now sounds like the right plan.  I love your priorities.  Maybe your boyfriend will paint something he wouldn't have if he hadn't had the empty time to fill.


Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: mvansand76 on December 20, 2007, 04:48:36 pm
Melissa, I wish you, your sister, and her kids the warmest of New Year's.  None of us know what the next year will hold, so being together now sounds like the right plan.  I love your priorities.  Maybe your boyfriend will paint something he wouldn't have if he hadn't had the empty time to fill.




Thanks you...  :-* Yeah, being with her sounds like the right thing to do! 2008 will be the year that she will beat cancer.

We will be making 'oliebollen', the traditional Dutch New Year's eve snack. It's fried dough with currants. Yummy! My boyfriend is painting all day and he has his first exhibition right now until the end of January! It's very exciting!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Ellemeno on December 20, 2007, 05:16:44 pm
Thanks you...  :-* Yeah, being with her sounds like the right thing to do! 2008 will be the year that she will beat cancer.

We will be making 'oliebollen', the traditional Dutch New Year's eve snack. It's fried dough with currants. Yummy! My boyfriend is painting all day and he has his first exhibition right now until the end of January! It's very exciting!


Are his BBM paintings in the exhibition?  Oliebollen sounds delish.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: mvansand76 on December 21, 2007, 03:59:35 am

Are his BBM paintings in the exhibition?  Oliebollen sounds delish.

Yes, the BBM painting he made for me is at the exhibition too!  :D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: ifyoucantfixit on December 21, 2007, 06:14:41 am



          Have wonderful Holidays with your sister Mel.  Give her our very best wishes and prayers of good
thoughts and good will.  Hopefully she will be fine soon..And don't forget to take care of yourself. 

           big {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS++++}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} :-*
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: mvansand76 on December 21, 2007, 10:45:58 am


          Have wonderful Holidays with your sister Mel.  Give her our very best wishes and prayers of good
thoughts and good will.  Hopefully she will be fine soon..And don't forget to take care of yourself. 

           big {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS++++}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} :-*


 :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: brokebackjack on December 22, 2007, 05:02:01 am
Laura and I have been trying to reach Jack by phone, but we will redouble our efforts. Jack answer your effin phone, willya??


I answered.

And you are all soooo sweet.

thanks, and happy christmas!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 30, 2008, 07:03:09 pm
I'm looking forward to seeing brokebackjack and his honey, friend RodneyWY, Offline Chuck, EDelMar, and assorted friends and familiy at a gathering on the Eve, taking in fireworks downtown, and maybe watching EDelMar's favorite (second favorite?) film The Time Machine.

LauraGigs is still out of town, boo hoo!

We are planning on serving the lucky foods grapes, greens, fish, pork, legumes, and cakes. Plus elk and venison steaks, and ham.


Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on December 30, 2008, 07:05:59 pm
I'll be at my friends' (Tina & Bill) place.

I have some Mike's Hard Lemonade and I'll be making 3 strombolis tomorrow to eat.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Shasta542 on December 30, 2008, 07:12:30 pm
I'll be at my friends' (Tina & Bill) place.

I have some Mike's Hard Lemonade and I'll be making 3 strombolis tomorrow to eat.

I am also going to a friend's house. There will be about 15-20 there. We are going to chow down and play board games! It will be fun. I think I'm going to fix Bllizzard Blitz Party Mix and something else---I don't know what yet.

I've never had Mike's Hard Lemonade, but it sounds good. They used to have odd commercials.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Shasta542 on December 30, 2008, 07:13:50 pm
I'm looking forward to seeing brokebackjack and his honey, friend RodneyWY, Offline Chuck, EDelMar, and assorted friends and familiy at a gathering on the Eve, taking in fireworks downtown, and maybe watching EDelMar's favorite (second favorite?) film The Time Machine.

LauraGigs is still out of town, boo hoo!

We are planning on serving the lucky foods grapes, greens, fish, pork, legumes, and cakes. Plus elk and venison steaks, and ham.




Do you have black-eyed peas, hog jowl, and cabbage on NYDay?
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: opinionista on December 30, 2008, 07:42:50 pm
I'm going to a dinner hosted by a friend of mine from France who has invited people from different countries, and everyone is supposed to bring a traditional meal, dessert or drink from their place of origin. An international potluck. It should be interesting!!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Shasta542 on December 30, 2008, 07:47:05 pm
I'm going to a dinner hosted by a friend of mine from France who has invited people from different countries, and everyone is supposed to bring a traditional meal, dessert or drink from their place of origin. An international potluck. It should be interesting!!

That sounds fun!!  :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Berit on December 30, 2008, 07:48:10 pm
I'm going to a dinner hosted by a friend of mine from France who has invited people from different countries, and everyone is supposed to bring a traditional meal, dessert or drink from their place of origin. An international potluck. It should be interesting!!

Anybody from Sweden? Oh, how I'd like to be there....... :P
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Berit on December 30, 2008, 07:50:21 pm
The husband, the son and yours truely will dine and play games at the daugthers home.....It'll be fun :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Shasta542 on December 30, 2008, 07:53:11 pm
The husband, the son and yours truely will dine and play games at the daugthers home.....It'll be fun :)

That sounds sweet and cozy, Berit. When I was married, and if my husband and I stayed home, we made a tradition of watching "It's a Wonderful Life" on New Year's Eve. I loved it, and that is a fond memory.

Do you know what delights you will prepare for dinner yet?
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Brown Eyes on December 30, 2008, 11:19:07 pm
I don't have any special plans.  I'm just looking forward to staying in and playing with Vivien and sleeping in on Thursday morning.  Hooray for a day off from work!

I bought some champagne and creme de cassis so that I can make kir royales tomorrow night to celebrate.  So, that will be a treat. :)

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 30, 2008, 11:52:10 pm
We will toast you with pomegranate juice since my friends are all teetotallers, friend Amanda!! I did my drinking tonight...a Maker's Make Manhattan while soaking my black-eyed peas! Yes, Shasta, we are planning on having ham, not hog jowls, and escarole, not cabbage. Greens are lucky, because they represent green paper money. Ham is lucky because the pig moves forward while rooting, meaning progress. No lobster for the New Year's, because they move backwards! Do you hear me, friend Paul??!!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Shasta542 on December 30, 2008, 11:55:22 pm
I didn't know the symbolism. Interesting!

What about the black-eyed peas? What do they signify?
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 31, 2008, 12:01:01 am
Legumes symbolize coins and since they grow larger while cooking, that represents prosperity. Also, during the US Civil War in the battle of Vicksburg, the residents ran out of food and thought they were doomed but then they discovered a cache of black eyed peas that tided them over. Since then, they've been considered lucky!

Read more about the symbolism of New Year's food here!

http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/holidays/newyearsday/luckyfoods?mbid=e122908 (http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/holidays/newyearsday/luckyfoods?mbid=e122908)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: pnwDUDE on December 31, 2008, 12:10:46 am
Steve's mom, his sister and her husband are here. We are having neighbors on both sides (up and down the hill) over and doing a prime rib with the fixins'. I bought the prime rib today. I got 'prime' which is the best USDA cut money can buy but it is once a year and our gift to people close to us during the holidays. The champagne (which is really asti spumante because champagne gives folks headaches) is on ice. We'll probably get a bit tipsy before midnight so we will dabble at karaoke and carry on. New Years day? Football and junk food, thank you very much  ;D.

Brad
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: ZK on December 31, 2008, 12:12:09 am
Well its 5pm New Years Eve and I have two bbq's to go to, one with my family and the other at a friends place.
Its mid summer and the temperature today is in the 80's, it doesn't get fully dark until about 10pm so its perfect night for a bbq. NZ is the second country to see the New Year so I'll be thinking of ya all in 7 hours time.

Happpy and Prosperous New Year Everyone

Cheers (almost literally  ;D)
Matt
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: pnwDUDE on December 31, 2008, 12:16:54 am
Well its 5pm New Years Eve and I have two bbq's to go to, one with my family and the other at a friends place.
Its mid summer and the temperature today is in the 80's, it doesn't get fully dark until about 10pm so its perfect night for a bbq. NZ is the second country to see the New Year so I'll be thinking of ya all in 7 hours time.

Happpy and Prosperous New Year Everyone

Cheers (almost literally  ;D)
Matt

Matt, it's hard for us up here (with 3 feet of snow on the ground) to imagine enjoying the holidays at bbq's and beautiful summer temps! Enjoy friend.

Brad
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: David In Indy on December 31, 2008, 12:19:58 am
Well its 5pm New Years Eve and I have two bbq's to go to, one with my family and the other at a friends place.
Its mid summer and the temperature today is in the 80's, it doesn't get fully dark until about 10pm so its perfect night for a bbq. NZ is the second country to see the New Year so I'll be thinking of ya all in 7 hours time.

Happpy and Prosperous New Year Everyone

Cheers (almost literally  ;D)
Matt

Matt, you should log on just after it turns 2009 in New Zealand and send us a message from the future!! ;)

Have fun at your barbeque! :D

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: David In Indy on December 31, 2008, 12:23:36 am
I'm throwing a party tomorrow night (about 15 people) and I'll be frying chicken tomorrow morning and afternoon. I have 5 chickens ready to fry, and I also bought some extra packs of chicken legs since everyone seems like like those the most.

We will be drinking, but everyone MUST have a designated driver, and if they don't they must surrender their keys. Last year I ended up driving 5 people home and I'm hoping that doesn't happen again this year. :P

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on December 31, 2008, 02:22:54 am
No lobster for the New Year's, because they move backwards!

Uh-oh ... Well, there's no chance of me going backward at this point.

How about lobsters are lucky at New Year because they are always looking around for opportunities, they are quick to reach out and grab what they want, and they have developed thick shells to protect them when times get tough.

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: ZK on December 31, 2008, 07:18:30 am
Matt, it's hard for us up here (with 3 feet of snow on the ground) to imagine enjoying the holidays at bbq's and beautiful summer temps! Enjoy friend.

Brad

Hey Brad, its mid summer here, and sure Santa still arrives in a sleigh rather than on a surfboard, but I am sure all of us here would love to experience a white Christmas, fire going, mulled wine etc etc.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: ZK on December 31, 2008, 07:25:07 am
Matt, you should log on just after it turns 2009 in New Zealand and send us a message from the future!! ;)

Have fun at your barbeque! :D


Great idea David, well its now 0020 on 01 january 2009. I heard the sound of fire works and rushed out to see the sky lit up above the city square. So from me in 2009 to all my friends I'd like to wish you

A Happy and Prosperous 2009

Be safe, happy and healthy

Matt

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Kelda on December 31, 2008, 10:06:42 am
I'm off to a party in my sisters local "Brewers Fare" this is a chain of pub/restaurans which are kiddy friendly and have a big indoor closed off play area, ball swap etc, where there are people in charge of manning that area, play games with them, face paint etc etc.

The kids wear these little bibs so they can run about to their hearts content but if they go outside the door an alarm goes off at the entertainers desk in the kids area.

There is a load of folk going including my aunt and uncle who are here from gloucester. Hence why me and Cal are going, a kiddie friendly place wouldnt nornally be our first choice, but it'll be nice to be all together. And it sounds like it'll be fun.


I'm on driving duty but will be drinking on 1st and 2nd to make up for it!!!

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: David In Indy on December 31, 2008, 12:00:25 pm
Great idea David, well its now 0020 on 01 january 2009. I heard the sound of fire works and rushed out to see the sky lit up above the city square. So from me in 2009 to all my friends I'd like to wish you

A Happy and Prosperous 2009

Be safe, happy and healthy

Matt



Thanks Matt!! Happy New Year to you too!

God, it's really weird to think we are in two different years right now. It's a bit creepy! It's only 11 am here, so we still have 13 hours before we cross over to 2009.

Happy New Year everyone!! :D

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 31, 2008, 12:18:39 pm
Thanks for kicking off our New Year, Australians!! 2009 can't come fast enuff for me!!

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Meryl on December 31, 2008, 02:58:31 pm
Happy New Year everyone!  :-*

I'm about to make my mom's special Ham and Navy Beans, two lucky foods according to Lee.  Will probably go to see "Slumdog Millionaire" with friends, then come home and chow down.  It's supposed to be freezing in NY tonight.  I won't be among those in the Times Square crowd!  :P
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: optom3 on December 31, 2008, 04:02:37 pm
We will toast you with pomegranate juice since my friends are all teetotallers, friend Amanda!! I did my drinking tonight...a Maker's Make Manhattan while soaking my black-eyed peas! Yes, Shasta, we are planning on having ham, not hog jowls, and escarole, not cabbage. Greens are lucky, because they represent green paper money. Ham is lucky because the pig moves forward while rooting, meaning progress. No lobster for the New Year's, because they move backwards! Do you hear me, friend Paul??!!


Apparantly I am cooking hogs maws and black eyed peas. yum yum, can't wait, but it is almost mandatory where we are. !!!  I am then going to immerse myself in a vat of alcohol and watch the Time square shennanigans.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2008, 06:19:26 pm
We will toast you with pomegranate juice since my friends are all teetotallers, friend Amanda!! I did my drinking tonight...a Maker's Make Manhattan while soaking my black-eyed peas! Yes, Shasta, we are planning on having ham, not hog jowls, and escarole, not cabbage. Greens are lucky, because they represent green paper money. Ham is lucky because the pig moves forward while rooting, meaning progress. No lobster for the New Year's, because they move backwards! Do you hear me, friend Paul??!!


I heard you, Friend Lee!  No lobster for us tonight.

We're having a big-ass snow storm here on Cape Cod!  45mph winds and all! 

I'll be hunkering down with a good fire, a Maker's manhattan to start the evening (cheers, Lee!).  Our great friend Peter visiting us from Santa Cruz.  Beautiful Wellfleet oysters on the half-shell (they don't move much), wild King salmon (must be good luck, they swim forwards and vigorously), homemade spanakopita (with fresh paper money spinach), and then Peter's special pumpkin streusel.  A bottle of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut on ice. 

Happy New Year to all!

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 31, 2008, 06:28:15 pm
I see you were considerate enuff to order in some nice weather for your Santa Cruz friend!!  8) Never mind, I'm sure you will keep him warm and happy with that Perrier-Joet!!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2008, 06:35:48 pm
I see you were considerate enuff to order in some nice weather for your Santa Cruz friend!!  8) Never mind, I'm sure you will keep him warm and happy with that Perrier-Joet!!


Considerate?  Well, sure, he did say he hadn't shovelled show in over ten years!

Yes, indeed, in fact, we have a Veuve Cliquot Brut Rosé to serve with the salmon.  Love those bubbles!  Cheers!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2009, 03:33:37 am
<clink> Happy 2009, Friend!!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Brokeback_Dev on January 01, 2009, 03:38:59 am
Happy New Year
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Ellemeno on January 02, 2009, 03:30:29 am
Oh, nice thread.

I'd love to hear how all those evenings turned out.  Natali, what did you bring to your potluck?  Shasta, how about you?  To tell you the truth, because I've been kind of underslept lately, we didn't do much to acknowledge the new year last night.  Today, we went out for pho.  So I love living your adventures vicariously.

Mr. Meno and I had a phase of about 7 years when we had an open house on New Year's afternoon.  Those were fun, but haven't had one since Mini-Meno was born.  These days, I do most of my drinkin and talkin and all between the hours of 10am and 3pm, often at playgrounds.

:)

I am really grateful for where I am in life, and also happy to read about different kinds of adventures that other people are on.




Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on January 03, 2009, 06:45:52 am
My friend Kerstin and her kids came over. We were three adults and five kids for New Year's Eve, clearly outnumbered :laugh:.
Our food and evening went according: "Schnitzel mit Pommes" for food (=escalope and French fries, all children love it) and board games. We had much fun and even the smaller kids made it to midnight. Kerstin's daughter only barely, but my youngest stayed up till after 1AM and still didn't get noticably tired. It was the first time he was allowed to stay up and see the countdown and the fireworks, and he was over the moon :).

The older kids stayed up till 2.30am and we adults till 3.30am


Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Meryl on January 03, 2009, 12:46:20 pm
My friend Kerstin and her kids came over. We were three adults and five kids for New Year's Eve, clearly outnumbered :laugh:.
Our food and evening went according: "Schnitzel mit Pommes" for food (=escalope and French fries, all children love it) and board games. We had much fun and even the smaller kids made it to midnight. Kerstin's daughter only barely, but my youngest stayed up till after 1AM and still didn't get noticably tired. It was the first time he was allowed to stay up and see the countdown and the fireworks, and he was over the moon :).

The older kids stayed up till 2.30am and we adults till 3.30am

Aw, that's cute.  It's easy to forget how exciting it was to be allowed to stay up late with the grown-ups when you were a kid.  Sounds like a perfect New Year's Eve, Chrissi.  8)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Shasta542 on January 03, 2009, 01:07:13 pm
Oh, nice thread.

I'd love to hear how all those evenings turned out.  Natali, what did you bring to your potluck?  Shasta, how about you?  To tell you the truth, because I've been kind of underslept lately, we didn't do much to acknowledge the new year last night.  Today, we went out for pho.  So I love living your adventures vicariously.

Mr. Meno and I had a phase of about 7 years when we had an open house on New Year's afternoon.  Those were fun, but haven't had one since Mini-Meno was born.  These days, I do most of my drinkin and talkin and all between the hours of 10am and 3pm, often at playgrounds.

:)

I am really grateful for where I am in life, and also happy to read about different kinds of adventures that other people are on.






My night was great fun!

We were in a house that was huge--with open rooms so that everyone was mostly together, but could be doing different things--some eating at a table, some playing board games, some playing pool, etc. It was very nice. Good food, too. There were about 20 adults and 10 kids. I played Balderdash and some other board games and left at around 1:30 AM. Quite enjoyable to me--someone who really likes to stay at home.  :P ;D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: opinionista on January 03, 2009, 01:18:54 pm
Oh, nice thread.

I'd love to hear how all those evenings turned out.  Natali, what did you bring to your potluck? 

Well, I brought home made plantain chips. I also made a Guacamole. It's not from my country of origin but my friend, the one who hosted the party, wanted one so I complied. Most of the dishes were french because many of the guest were from France. We also had some Italian cuisine courtesy of the Argentinians who were there.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: belbbmfan on January 03, 2009, 01:55:16 pm
We all assembled with a group of friends in the Ardennes. 6 families, 25 people in all. We had gourmet on new year's eve. That was fun and easy as everyone was cooking their own food. Afterwards the kids baked small pancakes.

When dinner was over we had a casino night. We had roulette, black jack, poker and some more card games. It turned out my youngest daughter was very good at playing roulette. She broke the bank!!  :o

It was a good time all around with Spanish Cava wine at midnight (and coke for the kids).

Happy New Year everyone.  :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 04, 2009, 05:21:46 pm
That sounds cool, Fabienne!

Some of the Denver Brokies got together New Year's Eve. LauraGigs decided to go to Florida instead; imagine that! And brokebackjack and Katrina went to the symphony. So EDelMar, Offline Chuck, RodneyWY and I assembled at EDelMar's house for steak and cameraderie. EDelMar had to work late so we had to scale back a planned party, and it was very simple, but we did have the required greens for good luck, in addition to Yukon Gold potatoes topped with sour cream and caviar. Only I partook of the "fish bait" as one who will remain nameless called it. More for me!! For the entertainment part of the evening, I spread out a lambskin on the floor and did a Tarot reading for each of my friends. They all seemed to enjoy it, or else they were very polite and gentlemanly. There were fireworks at 9:30 downtown which we could hear very well and sort-of see thru the trees. We enjoyed each other's companionship until about 10:30 pm when I took my leave. I rushed home to ring in the New Year with my family, but they were all asleep in their beds!! And that's how I came to ring in 2009 right here on BetterMost, with my cat and a roaring fire to keep me company!!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on January 04, 2009, 10:06:09 pm
The fish bait sounds delicious to me, FRiend!  :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 04, 2009, 10:16:48 pm
I would have been delighted to share my fish bait with you, friend. I did not get enuff celebrating on NY Eve, so on Friday evening, I met again with my Denver Brokie friends and we had a high entertainment. First we went to the Air and Space Museum, then to Home Deport and PetSmart, then we met RodneyWY for dinner, then we retired to EDelMar's place to ennjoy one of his favorite movies, The Time Machine. After that EDelMar got out his microscope and we had fun looking at amoebas, spit, skin cells and (ouch!) a few hairs from my head. I felt like pawing the white out of the moon!!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 06, 2009, 02:53:05 pm
I'll be hunkering down with a good fire, a Maker's manhattan to start the evening (cheers, Lee!).  Our great friend Peter visiting us from Santa Cruz.  Beautiful Wellfleet oysters on the half-shell (they don't move much), wild King salmon (must be good luck, they swim forwards and vigorously), homemade spanakopita (with fresh paper money spinach), and then Peter's special pumpkin streusel.  A bottle of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut on ice. 

Paul, have you heard about this new ingredient called Ferna Blanca that is going into the most cutting-edge Manhattans instead of bitters? I would love to try it, but would probably have to go to Manhattan or New Orleans to get it!!

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on January 06, 2009, 03:14:25 pm
Paul, have you heard about this new ingredient called Ferna Blanca that is going into the most cutting-edge Manhattans instead of bitters? I would love to try it, but would probably have to go to Manhattan or New Orleans to get it!!



Well, FRiend, I have heard of Fernet Branca, if that's what you mean, and it ain't new,  it goes back to the 19th century!  It's one of those patent bitters that were so popular, in the same vein as Campari, my favorite.  Apparently, it's often mixed with Coke. 

I personally don't like bitters in my Manhattan anyway.  I prefer a perfect Manhattan, with equal (and small) parts sweet and dry vermouth only. 

BTW, if you look closely, a lot of liquor stores stock Fernet Branca.  It's often near the Campari.  Just ask. 

Cheers!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on January 08, 2009, 10:50:01 am
Paul, have you heard about this new ingredient called Ferna Blanca that is going into the most cutting-edge Manhattans instead of bitters? I would love to try it, but would probably have to go to Manhattan or New Orleans to get it!!


That's so crazy :laugh:


In my youth, Fernet Branca, Jägermeister and other bitters were drunk only by old people. We would never-ever have touched that grandfather's stuff. Today, they're totally hip with the youngsters, THE in-drink.

In Germany, you can get it at every supermarket.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/58/Fernet-Branca_Bottle_1Liter.jpg/90px-Fernet-Branca_Bottle_1Liter.jpg)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 08, 2009, 11:17:44 am
One reason why I ask is because my daughter and her dad have started a new winemaking hobby, and my daughter also grows herbs. She might like to try her hand at something like that. She's made elderberry, peach, sauvingnon blanc and merlot so far. They have all been delicious. We have huge jugs of juice percolating in our basement.

Thanks for the information, friend Chrissi! Ain't it trued that everything comes 'round again in time? That's why I find it so hard to get rid of minidresses, etc. that I have owned for 20-30 years!!

Here is some information from The Bitter Truth (http://www.drinkboy.com/essays/thebittertruth.html):

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The use of bitters today in cocktails is significantly different from what it was in the early days of mixology. In the modern cocktail, bitters are seldom called for, and when they are, it can almost always be assumed to be Angostura Bitters. Compare this to the 1800's, when by its very definition a cocktail always included some type of bitters. John Bartlett, in his "Dictionary of Americanisms" (1848), presented the following definition:


"Cocktail - a stimulating beverage, made of brandy, gin or other liquor, mixed with bitters, sugar and very little water".
Starting in the early 1800's, bitters flourished under the guise of being a medicinal elixir, the fact that they usually consisted of a fairly high alcohol content did not appear to hurt their popularity in the slightest. Bartenders soon began using several of these bitters to add a distinctive character to the beverages they made. Some of the more exuberant bartenders even took to making up their own private recipes
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on January 08, 2009, 01:36:06 pm
You guys are making me thirsty for bitters!  :laugh:

One reason why I ask is because my daughter and her dad have started a new winemaking hobby, and my daughter also grows herbs. She might like to try her hand at something like that. She's made elderberry, peach, sauvingnon blanc and merlot so far. They have all been delicious. We have huge jugs of juice percolating in our basement.

I made some wine a few months ago, myself. I did it the easy way, though, at a place where they provide the ingredients and show you the steps and keep the wine while it ferments and then give you the equipment to bottle it. I made a bunch of pinot grigio and some merlot. The former has to age for another four months, and the latter for another year and a half or so. But when they're done, I'll have a cache of delicious wine for which I paid about $5 a bottle.

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 31, 2010, 09:02:38 pm
It's been great reviewing previous years' eve plans; now I'm ready to hear what's in store for all the Brokies out there! Me, I'm ensconced before the Jotul woodstove along with my cat. There's an awesome pot roast simmering and a selection of three movies: District 9, Creation, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: delalluvia on December 31, 2010, 09:19:21 pm
It's been great reviewing previous years' eve plans; now I'm ready to hear what's in store for all the Brokies out there! Me, I'm ensconced before the Jotul woodstove along with my cat. There's an awesome pot roast simmering and a selection of three movies: District 9, Creation, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

I've just eaten dinner, and will be snuggly on the sofa soon with my cats, watching Amazing Grace.  From the 'making of' and preview of the movie, it looks like Benedict Cumberbatch has a larger role than I expected.  Can't wait!

About District 9...have you seen it?  If not, I'd eat first before you do.  :P

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Lynne on December 31, 2010, 10:08:40 pm
Mama has been sleeping most of the afternoon/evening...I don't know if she'll wake up in time for much.  She's not taking any new medicines; I don't know why she's sleeping so much. 

I expect she didn't bounce back from that angiogram as fast as I would have wanted, and I also think she's depressed about being here.  She misses Billy.  The cats give her lots of joy, though.  She's always fussing at Chris or me - have we fed them, when did we give them water, has Obie had his shot (poor kitty), don't we have treats for them?

 8) :P

I've busied myself with organizing those darned files and getting about a ton of paper out of my world...clothes are next.  Space is tight at the moment, but my second order of business in January is going to be finding them a place of their own, or me, or some combination thereof.

Pandora/my "Old Man Station" is keeping me company.

I will update if anything more exciting than sleeping, filing, or folding happens.   :laugh:
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2011, 01:50:54 am
...a selection of three movies: District 9, Creation, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

My son pronouned District 9 and Percy to be "lame" and we watched about half of Creation before a scratch on the DVD put an end to our filmfest. He's now watching Tin Cup for the zillionth time and I'm doing laundry. My husband disappeared from the scene at 8:10 pm.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 01, 2011, 06:02:07 am
I have to say this has been a New Year's Eve that has left me feeling truly humble and very blest.

Since 1991 I've been active in our local gay leather club, and I began this evening by having a yummy dinner of pasta and roast pork loin with my club brothers. From there I moved on to a party that some of my neighbors, a couple, were throwing, and to which they have been pleased to invite me. After the fireworks at midnight, I hustled over to my regular Saturday night hangout to wish a happy new year to several good friends who were working the bar tonight. So there I was with three distinct groups of people, all of whom made me feel welcome.  :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on January 01, 2011, 06:26:51 am
I have to say this has been a New Year's Eve that has left me feeling truly humble and very blest.

Since 1991 I've been active in our local gay leather club, and I began this evening by having a yummy dinner of pasta and roast pork loin with my club brothers. From there I moved on to a party that some of my neighbors, a couple, were throwing, and to which they have been pleased to invite me. After the fireworks at midnight, I hustled over to my regular Saturday night hangout to wish a hppy new year to several good friends who were working the bar tonight. So there I was with three distinct groups of people, all of whom made be feel welcome.  :)

 :)
Wonderful way to start a new year.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: delalluvia on January 01, 2011, 01:57:00 pm
I have to say this has been a New Year's Eve that has left me feeling truly humble and very blest.

Since 1991 I've been active in our local gay leather club, and I began this evening by having a yummy dinner of pasta and roast pork loin with my club brothers. From there I moved on to a party that some of my neighbors, a couple, were throwing, and to which they have been pleased to invite me. After the fireworks at midnight, I hustled over to my regular Saturday night hangout to wish a hppy new year to several good friends who were working the bar tonight. So there I was with three distinct groups of people, all of whom made be feel welcome.  :)

Truly.  Life doesn't get much better.  :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Meryl on January 01, 2011, 02:58:19 pm
I had a nice supper of crab legs at home with good friends and watched the ball drop.  Could hear the fireworks banging away over in Central Park.  Happy 2011!  :D

On Thursday John Gallagher and I continued a tradition begun last year of going out on New Year's Eve eve.  We ate dinner on the Lower East Side at Mary Queen of Scots (http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/11/mary_queen_of_scots.html#photo=1x68418) and celebrated an early Hogmanay (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogmanay).  It was the perfect place to bestow the last of my Edinburgh purchases on a friend: a lamb's wool tartan scarf bought on the Royal Mile.  :D  John gave me a tiny Gumby sitting on a blue horse and a fun book called "Lexicon of Musical Invective," a compilation of horrible reviews given to famous composers.  ;D

We ate a hearty winter dinner of cassoulet, boudin noir, Scotch salmon salad, pork belly, chips with curry sauce and fried Brussels sprouts, washed down with a gin cocktail, good red wine and a Smuttynose IPA lager.  Dessert was Scotch ice cream made with Laphroaig. Yum!

Next we walked a few blocks uptown and had Australian coffee at the Tuck Shop (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/tuck-shop/), a great little hole-in-the-wall that specializes in meat pies.  Our Swedes have visited there, too, as has oilgun.  8)

We finished up, as we did last year, with a stop at Cafe Mogador (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/cafe_mogador/).  John had port wine and I had Moroccan mint tea and orange almond cake.  We parted at the L train station around midnight.  Thanks, dear friend, for another great Gallagher-esque evening!  :-*
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 01, 2011, 05:39:39 pm
I have to say this has been a New Year's Eve that has left me feeling truly humble and very blest.

Since 1991 I've been active in our local gay leather club, and I began this evening by having a yummy dinner of pasta and roast pork loin with my club brothers. From there I moved on to a party that some of my neighbors, a couple, were throwing, and to which they have been pleased to invite me. After the fireworks at midnight, I hustled over to my regular Saturday night hangout to wish a happy new year to several good friends who were working the bar tonight. So there I was with three distinct groups of people, all of whom made me feel welcome.  :)

 :o Oi! How did I write this at 4:00 in the morning?  :o

Must have been the champagne that enabled me to do it.  ::)

Must also be the champagne's fault that I don't remember writing it!  ::)

(I did fix a couple of typos.)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on January 02, 2011, 03:27:05 am
I had a nice supper of crab legs at home with good friends and watched the ball drop.  Could hear the fireworks banging away over in Central Park.  Happy 2011!  :D

On Thursday John Gallagher and I continued a tradition begun last year of going out on New Year's Eve eve.  We ate dinner on the Lower East Side at Mary Queen of Scots (http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/11/mary_queen_of_scots.html#photo=1x68418) and celebrated an early Hogmanay (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogmanay).  It was the perfect place to bestow the last of my Edinburgh purchases on a friend: a lamb's wool tartan scarf bought on the Royal Mile.  :D  John gave me a tiny Gumby sitting on a blue horse and a fun book called "Lexicon of Musical Invective," a compilation of horrible reviews given to famous composers.  ;D

We ate a hearty winter dinner of cassoulet, boudin noir, Scotch salmon salad, pork belly, chips with curry sauce and fried Brussels sprouts, washed down with a gin cocktail, good red wine and a Smuttynose IPA lager.  Dessert was Scotch ice cream made with Laphroaig. Yum!

Next we walked a few blocks uptown and had Australian coffee at the Tuck Shop (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/tuck-shop/), a great little hole-in-the-wall that specializes in meat pies.  Our Swedes have visited there, too, as has oilgun.  8)

We finished up, as we did last year, with a stop at Cafe Mogador (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/cafe_mogador/).  John had port wine and I had Moroccan mint tea and orange almond cake.  We parted at the L train station around midnight.  Thanks, dear friend, for another great Gallagher-esque evening!  :-*

Tonight my brother and some close friends and I had crab legs, prime rib of beef, smoked-salmon spread, risotto, haricots verts with bacon, flan, krumkake and a few other things. A NYE dinner got delayed until NYD, partly because the weather was bad yesterday, partly because I had a touch of the flu. I made a few of the things, and supplied the venue.

On Thursday I had cassoulet, too, Meryl! My step-mother took my brother and sons and I out to lunch. So cassoulet, champagne and a little trois-creme dessert that included pot de crème, crème broulet and crème caramel.

Meryl, your and John's tradition sounds really wonderful. Happy belated Hogmany, Meryl and everyone!

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on January 02, 2011, 04:26:31 am
My step-mother took my brother and sons and I out to lunch.

OT language question:
Why the I in that senctence, instead of me?

I would have written:
My step-mother took my brother and sons and me out to lunch.

But: My brother, my sons and I went out for lunch.


Different grammatical cases. In the first sentence the brother, sons and first person narrator are accusative objects, in the second sentence they are subjects (thus nominative).
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 02, 2011, 06:40:08 am
LOL Chrissi! at your ability to perform grammatical logic reasoning early on a Sunday morning!!   ;D

But other than that, I agree with you.

Looking forward to the answer from a native English speaker.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on January 02, 2011, 12:44:47 pm
OMG. [Blushing smiley!] This is really humiliating and humbling -- not just to have my grammatical error noticed by a non-native-English speaker, but especially THAT particular grammatical error, which always always makes me scoff when other people make it!

And native English speakers make it all the time. I always think, "Duh, if you took the 'brother' and 'sons' out of the sentence, would you say 'My step-mother took I out to lunch?' No? Then what's your problem??"

I guess the error is common because people with REALLY bad grammar are likely to say "Me and my brother took my step-mother out to lunch." So teachers harp on the fact that it should be "My brother and I." So then people, trying too hard to be correct, stick with "I" even when "I" is the object of the sentence rather than the subject.

In my case, the only excuse I can offer is that it was 1:30 a.m. and I'd had a lot of wine with dinner.

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Meryl on January 02, 2011, 12:50:35 pm
Tonight my brother and some close friends and I had crab legs, prime rib of beef, smoked-salmon spread, risotto, haricots verts with bacon, flan, krumkake and a few other things. A NYE dinner got delayed until NYD, partly because the weather was bad yesterday, partly because I had a touch of the flu. I made a few of the things, and supplied the venue.

On Thursday I had cassoulet, too, Meryl! My step-mother took my brother and sons and I out to lunch. So cassoulet, champagne and a little trois-creme dessert that included pot de crème, crème broulet and crème caramel.

Meryl, your and John's tradition sounds really wonderful. Happy belated Hogmany, Meryl and everyone!

We're on the same wave-length, Katherine!  I never had had cassoulet before, but I could see making it a tradition on New Year's.  I think Jack and Ennis would have gone for it, too.  8)

Your dinner sounds delish.  What exactly is krumkake?

Don't worry about the grammatical error!  I think the late hour and the wine are a perfectly valid excuse.  Kudos to Chrissi, though, for making her English studies count.  ;)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Monika on January 02, 2011, 01:03:29 pm
I had a nice supper of crab legs at home with good friends and watched the ball drop.  Could hear the fireworks banging away over in Central Park.  Happy 2011!  :D

On Thursday John Gallagher and I continued a tradition begun last year of going out on New Year's Eve eve.  We ate dinner on the Lower East Side at Mary Queen of Scots (http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/11/mary_queen_of_scots.html#photo=1x68418) and celebrated an early Hogmanay (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogmanay).  It was the perfect place to bestow the last of my Edinburgh purchases on a friend: a lamb's wool tartan scarf bought on the Royal Mile.  :D  John gave me a tiny Gumby sitting on a blue horse and a fun book called "Lexicon of Musical Invective," a compilation of horrible reviews given to famous composers.  ;D

We ate a hearty winter dinner of cassoulet, boudin noir, Scotch salmon salad, pork belly, chips with curry sauce and fried Brussels sprouts, washed down with a gin cocktail, good red wine and a Smuttynose IPA lager.  Dessert was Scotch ice cream made with Laphroaig. Yum!

Next we walked a few blocks uptown and had Australian coffee at the Tuck Shop (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/tuck-shop/), a great little hole-in-the-wall that specializes in meat pies.  Our Swedes have visited there, too, as has oilgun.  8)

We finished up, as we did last year, with a stop at Cafe Mogador (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/cafe_mogador/).  John had port wine and I had Moroccan mint tea and orange almond cake.  We parted at the L train station around midnight.  Thanks, dear friend, for another great Gallagher-esque evening!  :-*
Love reading about your and John´s new tradition. Sounds like a great time and great food and drinks were being had!
And especially that Scotch ice cream.....mmmmmm

Thanks for the ling to the Australian coffee place, Meryl. I remember wondering about that a while back and exactly where it was located.


Happy New Year!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Meryl on January 02, 2011, 01:19:55 pm
Love reading about your and John´s new tradition. Sounds like a great time and great food and drinks were being had!
And especially that Scotch ice cream.....mmmmmm

Thanks for the ling to the Australian coffee place, Meryl. I remember wondering about that a while back and exactly where it was located.

Happy New Year!

Yeah, the Scotch ice cream was interesting--kind of had a smoky taste.  Glad I could help out with the link.  Happy New Year to you, too, Monika!  8)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on January 02, 2011, 01:29:22 pm
Your dinner sounds delish.  What exactly is krumkake?

Krumkake is (are?) a crunchy Swedish cookie, lightly flavored with cardamon. Imagine a really flat pancake made in a press like a waffle iron with an elaborate flowery design, then rolled into a cylinder maybe 1 to 2 inches in diameter. My friend received a krumkake iron for Christmas from her family, so she made them, as well as the flan. She filled them with whipped cream, making them a little like Swedish cannoli.

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Don't worry about the grammatical error!  I think the late hour and the wine are a perfectly valid excuse.  Kudos to Chrissi, though, for making her English studies count.  ;)

I never stop being astounded by the English skills of our EuroBrokies.  :D

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on January 02, 2011, 01:33:32 pm
OMG. [Blushing smiley!] This is really humiliating and humbling -- not just to have my grammatical error noticed by a non-native-English speaker, but especially THAT particular grammatical error, which always always makes me scoff when other people make it!

Shit. That's hard. :laugh: ;)
But to give you your confidence back: I read this particular error so many times that I started to question myself, and my English teachers. When I saw you (of all people) writing it this way, I was halfways convinced it must be correct. If Katherine writes [whatever] it must be corrrect English. That's how much confidence I have in your language skills. One error doesn't take from it. We're all human, even pro writers.


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And native English speakers make it all the time. I always think, "Duh, if you took the 'brother' and 'sons' out of the sentence, would you say 'My step-mother took I out to lunch?' No? Then what's your problem??"

Exactly! That's what I was always thinking.


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In my case, the only excuse I can offer is that it was 1:30 a.m. and I'd had a lot of wine with dinner.

That's two excuses and they're both valid, if you ask me. :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 02, 2011, 01:42:40 pm
Krumkake is (are?) a crunchy Swedish cookie, lightly flavored with cardamon. Imagine a really flat pancake made in a press like a waffle iron with an elaborate flowery design, then rolled into a cylinder maybe 1 to 2 inches in diameter. My friend received a krumkake iron for Christmas from her family, so she made them, as well as the flan. She filled them with whipped cream, making them a little like Swedish cannoli.


It sounds delicious. But it doesn't sound Swedish  ;D.

The word 'krumkake' sounds Norwegian to me. If it's indeed Swedish, it's a dialectal word that I've never heard of.

The way you describe them being made is traditional here in some parts of the country, not sure they used to be filled though.

And what the hell is Swedish cannoli???  :o ;D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on January 02, 2011, 01:55:18 pm
New Year's Eve was at my friends' house, Tina and Bill.

I got there about 8:00, and just hung out, ate, drank talked, laughed, and watched the ball drop at midnight.  After that, we went onto their porch and started shouting, banging pots and pans, whistling, and shooting off some fireworks.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on January 02, 2011, 02:02:16 pm
Krumkake is (are?) a crunchy Swedish cookie, lightly flavored with cardamon. Imagine a really flat pancake made in a press like a waffle iron with an elaborate flowery design, then rolled into a cylinder maybe 1 to 2 inches in diameter. My friend received a krumkake iron for Christmas from her family, so she made them, as well as the flan. She filled them with whipped cream, making them a little like Swedish cannoli.


To me krumkake sounds like krummholz. :)

krum might derivate from krumm (=twisted, winded, curved, not straight). Or it might derivate from Krumen, Krümel (= crumbs).

A winded cake or a dry, and thus friable cake.



Did it look a bit like this?
(http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss192/Penthesilea09/7a0d823e.jpg)

It's called Schillerlocken in German (=Schiller's locks) - but don't ask me why, I have no idea. :laugh:
And they are winded. You take a narrow, long piece of dough and wind it around a form:

(http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss192/Penthesilea09/cb051b4c.jpg)

Maybe this type of cake/cookies made its way from Germany via Norway (or the other way round) to the US. ;D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on January 02, 2011, 02:21:22 pm
It sounds delicious. But it doesn't sound Swedish  ;D.

The word 'krumkake' sounds Norwegian to me. If it's indeed Swedish, it's a dialectal word that I've never heard of.I sh

I stand corrected again! I should probably just stay away from this thread.  :laugh: I knew I was on rather thin ice, describing what I thought was a Swedish food in the presence of actual Swedes. Anyway, my friend's family is Swedish by descent (Soderberg), so I guess they think of it as Swedish. But according to Wikipedia, it's Norwegian.

Krumkake or 'Krum kaka' (English pronunciation: /ˈkruːmkɑːkə/, meaning bent or curved cake, plural krumkaker) is a Norwegian waffle cookie made of flour, butter, eggs, sugar, and cream. Krumkake are traditionally made during the Christmas season.

A special decorative two-sided iron griddle, similar to a waffle iron, is used to bake the thin round cakes. Older irons are used over the stove, but modern electric irons offer the convenience of nonstick surfaces, automatic timing, and multiple cakes per batch. While hot, the 13–20 cm krumkake are rolled into small cones around a wooden or plastic cone form. Krumkake can be eaten plain or filled with whipped cream (often multekrem) or other fillings.

These cookies are popular not only in Norway but also among Norwegian immigrant descendants in the American Midwest. Krumkaker are traditionally made in preparation for Christmas, along with other Norwegian sweets including Sandbakelse and Rosettes. They offer a sweet dessert after the traditional Christmas Eve dinner of ribs or pinnekjøtt.

In Germany, the cookies are commonly filled with sweet stuffings. They are also used as a type of ice cream cone.


Here's a picture:

(http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j266/thisiskaty/krumkake-heap.jpg)

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And what the hell is Swedish cannoli???  :o ;D

That was just my little joke -- cannoli are Italian, crisp cylindrical pastries with creamy filling. Again, Wikipedia:

Cannoli are Sicilian pastry desserts. The singular is cannolo (or in the Sicilian language cannolu), meaning "little tube", with the etymology stemming from the Latin "canna", or reed. Cannoli originated in Sicily and are an essential part of Sicilian cuisine. They are also popular in Italian American cuisine and in the United States are known as a general Italian pastry, while they are specifically Sicilian in origin (in Italy, they're commonly known as "cannoli siciliani", Sicilian cannoli).

Cannoli consist of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta cheese and chopped succade. They range in size from "cannulicchi", no bigger than a finger, to the fist-sized proportions typically found in Piana degli Albanesi, south of Palermo, Sicily.


Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on January 02, 2011, 02:23:54 pm
I googled it: Sonja was right, krumkake is indeed Norwegian. :)

krum (Norwegian) is indeed the same word as krumm (German). Both come from Middle Low German.
Krumkake = curved cake.

I just see in preview that K posted.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on January 02, 2011, 02:33:22 pm
I knew I was on rather thin ice, describing what I thought was a Swedish food in the presence of actual Swedes.

The things you learn on BetterMostm, eh? ;D
I love that we're such an inhomogeneous bunch. There's always someone you can ask. :)

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 02, 2011, 02:35:23 pm




Did it look a bit like this?

(http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss192/Penthesilea09/7a0d823e.jpg)   (http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss192/Penthesilea09/cb051b4c.jpg)


It's called Schillerlocken in German (=Schiller's locks) - but don't ask me why, I have no idea. :laugh:
And they are winded. You take a narrow, long piece of dough and wind it around a form.

Maybe this type of cake/cookies made its way from Germany via Norway (or the other way round) to the US. ;D




Looks like Schiller's locks to me!
(http://www.wordiq.com/knowledge/images/3/32/Friedrich_Schiller.jpg)   (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/90/Friedrich_schiller.jpg/240px-Friedrich_schiller.jpg)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Schiller

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (November 10, 1759 - May 9, 1805), usually known as Friedrich Schiller, was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and dramatist.



The other  Schiller doesn't have any locks at all, it seems   :laugh:  :


(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2d/Christopher_von_Deylen.jpg/220px-Christopher_von_Deylen.jpg)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schiller_(band)

Schiller is the main project of Christopher von Deylen (born October 1970, in Visselhövede, Lower Saxony, Germany) , a German musician, composer and producer. He has won the ECHO-award (2002) for the Best Dance-Single of the Year.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on January 02, 2011, 02:42:19 pm





Looks like Schiller's locks to me!
(http://www.wordiq.com/knowledge/images/3/32/Friedrich_Schiller.jpg)   (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/90/Friedrich_schiller.jpg/240px-Friedrich_schiller.jpg)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Schiller

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (November 10, 1759 - May 9, 1805), usually known as Friedrich Schiller, was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and dramatist.



The other  Schiller doesn't have any locks at all, it seems   :laugh:  :


(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2d/Christopher_von_Deylen.jpg/220px-Christopher_von_Deylen.jpg)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schiller_(band)

Schiller is the main project of Christopher von Deylen (born October 1970, in Visselhövede, Lower Saxony, Germany) , a German musician, composer and producer. He has won the ECHO-award (2002) for the Best Dance-Single of the Year.


Well, of course I've seen Schiller's locks before, and know the cake looks like them. But why was the pastry named after the poet?
Guess I go googling once more. ;D

To complicate things further, the word Schillerlocken is used for three different things in German: the pastry, a fish dish and of course the hairstyle. I had Schillerlocken (the hairdo) on the day of my confirmation (aaaages ago). :laugh:
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 02, 2011, 02:48:25 pm


To complicate things further, the word Schillerlocken is used for three different things in German: the pastry, a fish dish and of course the hairstyle. I had Schillerlocken (the hairdo) on the day of my confirmation (aaaages ago).  :laugh:


Photos, please!!

 :laugh:
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on January 02, 2011, 02:54:08 pm
Photos, please!!

 :laugh:

Thankfully I don't have them in digitized form. ;D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 02, 2011, 03:00:13 pm



Thankfully I don't have them in digitized form. ;D

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:



By the way, Chrissie--see what you've started? At this very moment I am listening to a Schiller playlist!


[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIfKlvBBZ40&list=PL63480A6C0DB3A0E7&index=8&playnext=8[/youtube]  [youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_ORHdNeaQk&list=PL63480A6C0DB3A0E7&index=9&playnext=9[/youtube]


Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 02, 2011, 03:44:18 pm



On Thursday John Gallagher and I continued a tradition begun last year of going out on New Year's Eve eve.  We ate dinner on the Lower East Side at Mary Queen of Scots (http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/11/mary_queen_of_scots.html#photo=1x68418) and celebrated an early Hogmanay (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogmanay).  It was the perfect place to bestow the last of my Edinburgh purchases on a friend: a lamb's wool tartan scarf bought on the Royal Mile.  :D  John gave me a tiny Gumby sitting on a blue horse and a fun book called "Lexicon of Musical Invective," a compilation of horrible reviews given to famous composers.  ;D

We ate a hearty winter dinner of cassoulet, boudin noir, Scotch salmon salad, pork belly, chips with curry sauce and fried Brussels sprouts, washed down with a gin cocktail, good red wine and a Smuttynose IPA lager.  Dessert was Scotch ice cream made with Laphroaig. Yum!

Next we walked a few blocks uptown and had Australian coffee at the Tuck Shop (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/tuck-shop/), a great little hole-in-the-wall that specializes in meat pies.  Our Swedes have visited there, too, as has oilgun.  8)

We finished up, as we did last year, with a stop at Cafe Mogador (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/cafe_mogador/).  John had port wine and I had Moroccan mint tea and orange almond cake.  We parted at the L train station around midnight.  Thanks, dear friend, for another great Gallagher-esque evening!  :-*



In re the Laphroaig ice cream, I thought it was interesting.  Many years ago I had used to like Laphroaig (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laphroaig) and especially Lagavulin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagavulin_Single_Malt), and, yes, the ice cream definitely had something of the smoke ("Islay malts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islay_whisky) have smoky character derived from peat..with...notes of iodine, seaweed and salt") but I didn't detect any taste of alcohol, which seems to be the point--instead it was sort of a Shirley Temple-Laphroaig Sundae--but on the other hand, I think I ate most  of it anyway (as I did the boudin and the chips) and, of course, the scale shows the tale. Oink!

Thank you so much, Meryl, for the lovely tartan scarf AND the lovely pre-Hogmanay evening--have a Guid New Year!



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UGnUhfkCbU&feature[/youtube]
::) ;D :laugh:
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 02, 2011, 03:46:30 pm
That was just my little joke -- cannoli are Italian, crisp cylindrical pastries with creamy filling. Again, Wikipedia:

Cannoli are Sicilian pastry desserts. The singular is cannolo (or in the Sicilian language cannolu), meaning "little tube", with the etymology stemming from the Latin "canna", or reed. Cannoli originated in Sicily and are an essential part of Sicilian cuisine. They are also popular in Italian American cuisine and in the United States are known as a general Italian pastry, while they are specifically Sicilian in origin (in Italy, they're commonly known as "cannoli siciliani", Sicilian cannoli).

Cannoli consist of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta cheese and chopped succade. They range in size from "cannulicchi", no bigger than a finger, to the fist-sized proportions typically found in Piana degli Albanesi, south of Palermo, Sicily.


"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."  8)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 02, 2011, 05:51:09 pm
I stand corrected again! I should probably just stay away from this thread.  :laugh: I knew I was on rather thin ice, describing what I thought was a Swedish food in the presence of actual Swedes. Anyway, my friend's family is Swedish by descent (Soderberg), so I guess they think of it as Swedish. But according to Wikipedia, it's Norwegian.

Yeah, thought so. But as far as I know, they are also made in some parts of Sweden, don't know what they're called here though. Not krumkake anyway.

Oh yes, maybe I do know what they're called after all. The name 'gorån' comes to mind. Have to check it though.

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Here's a picture:

(http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j266/thisiskaty/krumkake-heap.jpg)

You described them very well. This was what I imagined when I read your description of how they're made.

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That was just my little joke

Oh, a joke! I can live with a joke!  ;D

For a minute I was afraid you thought canneloni was Swedish.   ::)


Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 02, 2011, 05:55:26 pm

Well, of course I've seen Schiller's locks before, and know the cake looks like them. But why was the pastry named after the poet?
Guess I go googling once more. ;D

To complicate things further, the word Schillerlocken is used for three different things in German: the pastry, a fish dish and of course the hairstyle. I had Schillerlocken (the hairdo) on the day of my confirmation (aaaages ago). :laugh:

Well, I'm just happy to hear you didn't have the fish dish or the pastry on your head at your confirmation.....   ::) ::) ::)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 02, 2011, 05:56:31 pm
Thankfully I don't have them in digitized form. ;D

Aren't you glad you have that for an excuse?    ;) ;D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 02, 2011, 06:00:30 pm




In re the Laphroaig ice cream, I thought it was interesting.  Many years ago I had used to like Laphroaig (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laphroaig) and especially Lagavulin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagavulin_Single_Malt), and, yes, the ice cream definitely had something of the smoke ("Islay malts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islay_whisky) have smoky character derived from peat..with...notes of iodine, seaweed and salt") but I didn't detect any taste of alcohol, which seems to be the point--instead it was sort of a Shirley Temple-Laphroaig Sundae--but on the other hand, I think I ate most  of it anyway (as I did the boudin and the chips) and, of course, the scale shows the tale. Oink!


Now, here's another person with famous locks!!

Now we can have the whole discussion on lock pastry and lock dishes all over again!!!   :o ;D ::) :laugh:
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 02, 2011, 06:11:28 pm
I have checked, and they are indeed called 'gorån' in Swedish.

(http://www.icakuriren.se/Images/Icakuriren/Cache/280/0/108_4756.jpg)

'go' is probably short for 'god' =good, and 'rån' means wafer. So essentially the name means 'good wafer'.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Kelda on January 02, 2011, 07:06:17 pm
I had a quite one.. just myself and Callum, in front of the TV watching Jools Holland.

Sounds lovely Meryl.. glad you got to celebrate Hogmanay!

I had a nice supper of crab legs at home with good friends and watched the ball drop.  Could hear the fireworks banging away over in Central Park.  Happy 2011!  :D

On Thursday John Gallagher and I continued a tradition begun last year of going out on New Year's Eve eve.  We ate dinner on the Lower East Side at Mary Queen of Scots (http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/11/mary_queen_of_scots.html#photo=1x68418) and celebrated an early Hogmanay (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogmanay).  It was the perfect place to bestow the last of my Edinburgh purchases on a friend: a lamb's wool tartan scarf bought on the Royal Mile.  :D  John gave me a tiny Gumby sitting on a blue horse and a fun book called "Lexicon of Musical Invective," a compilation of horrible reviews given to famous composers.  ;D

We ate a hearty winter dinner of cassoulet, boudin noir, Scotch salmon salad, pork belly, chips with curry sauce and fried Brussels sprouts, washed down with a gin cocktail, good red wine and a Smuttynose IPA lager.  Dessert was Scotch ice cream made with Laphroaig. Yum!

Next we walked a few blocks uptown and had Australian coffee at the Tuck Shop (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/tuck-shop/), a great little hole-in-the-wall that specializes in meat pies.  Our Swedes have visited there, too, as has oilgun.  8)

We finished up, as we did last year, with a stop at Cafe Mogador (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/cafe_mogador/).  John had port wine and I had Moroccan mint tea and orange almond cake.  We parted at the L train station around midnight.  Thanks, dear friend, for another great Gallagher-esque evening!  :-*
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Kelda on January 02, 2011, 07:09:26 pm


[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UGnUhfkCbU&feature[/youtube]
::) ;D :laugh:


brilliant!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 02, 2011, 07:43:53 pm



brilliant!




Glad you liked the Hogmanay Song, Kelda--


But now you need to explain some of it to the Swedes and Non-Swedes, though--like what 'neeps' are (me, I love 'em!) and why the surname 'Menzies' is pronounced 'Mingus' or why--


[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDJflQfNUE8 [/youtube]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Where's_Your_Troosers%3F

 ;D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Kelda on January 02, 2011, 07:56:24 pm
 :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Meryl on January 02, 2011, 08:25:49 pm
How did we ever live without youtube?  :laugh:

Now I'm hungry for krumkake/cannoli/Schillerlocken/goran! (http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h269/merylmarie/Emoticons%20and%20Avatars/readytoeat.gif)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 02, 2011, 08:39:21 pm
In re the Laphroaig ice cream, I thought it was interesting.  Many years ago I had used to like Laphroaig (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laphroaig) and especially Lagavulin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagavulin_Single_Malt), and, yes, the ice cream definitely had something of the smoke ("Islay malts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islay_whisky) have smoky character derived from peat..with...notes of iodine, seaweed and salt") but I didn't detect any taste of alcohol, which seems to be the point--instead it was sort of a Shirley Temple-Laphroaig Sundae--but on the other hand, I think I ate most  of it anyway (as I did the boudin and the chips) and, of course, the scale shows the tale. Oink!

Iodine?  ???  :P
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 02, 2011, 08:41:51 pm

But now you need to explain some of it to the Swedes and Non-Swedes, though--like what 'neeps' are (me, I love 'em!) and why the surname 'Menzies' is pronounced 'Mingus' or why--


[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDJflQfNUE8 [/youtube]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Where's_Your_Troosers%3F

 ;D


Love this song, it's brilliant!!   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 02, 2011, 08:43:52 pm
How did we ever live without youtube?  :laugh:

Now I'm hungry for krumkake/cannoli/Schillerlocken/goran! (http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h269/merylmarie/Emoticons%20and%20Avatars/readytoeat.gif)

Me too...   :-\

All this food talk will have that effect on you.  ::)     :laugh:
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 02, 2011, 09:28:10 pm


Me, I'm hungry for some haggis* with neeps* and tatties*--

Haggis - sort of a bigger, slightly vanilla version of boudin noir--sort  of. I'm not explaining this very clearly-- :-\
Neeps - turnips.
Tatties - potatoes.


--with a wee dram of Lugavulin!


Weel, if fine chocolates and wines can have notes of leather or dirt, why not iodine?

 ;) :) :D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 02, 2011, 09:45:15 pm
You bet, friend!! Here's a picture of Kelda, Callum, and me the very first time I enjoyed a lovely tower of haggis, neeps, and taties at Scott's restaurant near Glasgow, Scotland!! It was divine!!

(http://www.divshare.com/img/midsize/12125075-e71.png) (http://www.divshare.com/download/12125075-e71)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 02, 2011, 11:02:41 pm
Weel, if fine chocolates and wines can have notes of leather or dirt, why not iodine?

If there's dirt and leather in "fine chocolates," I'll stick with Hershey's.  ;)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 03, 2011, 08:05:10 am

Me, I'm hungry for some haggis* with neeps* and tatties*--

Haggis - sort of a bigger, slightly vanilla version of boudin noir--sort  of. I'm not explaining this very clearly-- :-\
Neeps - turnips.
Tatties - potatoes.



That's all good and well, now you just need to explain what boudin noir is.....   ::)

As far as I know, haggis is the stomach of a sheep, filled with meat and stuff.  But, vanilla in that??   :P
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on January 04, 2011, 04:25:40 pm
What I should have done on New Years Eve: I (and hubby) should have remembered that it was our 25th anniversary! :o
It occurred to me only today. ::)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Kelda on January 04, 2011, 04:29:34 pm
Oh wow! Thats a milestone! So you met at a teenage party?
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 04, 2011, 04:31:04 pm
What I should have done on New Years Eve: I (and hubby) should have remembered that it was our 25th anniversary! :o
It occurred to me only today. ::)


LOL Chrissi!!

Probably a good thing that both of you forgot.  ::)

If one of you remembered and the other one not, the result might have been....um.....less pleasant...   ::) ;D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 04, 2011, 04:31:55 pm
Oh, and CONGRATS!!!    :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 04, 2011, 04:41:32 pm
What I should have done on New Years Eve: I (and hubby) should have remembered that it was our 25th anniversary! :o
It occurred to me only today. ::)

 :o

Well, at least since you both forgot, that should make for peace in the house.  ;D

Happy (slightly belated) Anniversary!  :D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on January 04, 2011, 04:46:42 pm
Oh wow! Thats a milestone! So you met at a teenage party?

No, we met at school. We had known each other before for 1.5 years and were friends. But that New Year's Eve night 25 years ago, yes, there was a party and that's were suddenly we saw each other in a different light. Still teenagers, kids almost.


LOL Chrissi!!

Probably a good thing that both of you forgot.  ::)

If one of you remembered and the other one not, the result might have been....um.....less pleasant...   ::) ;D

Nah, wouldn't have been a problem. We're both not shy, we would have told the other. And what's important is not the milestones (though I admit 25 is a big one and I'm proud), but more important is how you fill the years between anniversaries and milestones.
I wouldn't even be angry if he forgot my birthday or whatever. This evening, I was tired and hungry as hell, but didn't like what we had for dinner. I was bitchy and fretful. Instead of arguing, he asked me what I would like more and made veggie burgers especially for me. That's love. :)
And of course, after I had eaten, I apologized. He smiled and told me he knows that I become a hyena when I'm hungry. Who needs flowers when you have a man that cooks for you?
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 04, 2011, 04:53:51 pm
Aw Chrissi, that does sound like love!  ♥♥♥

Happy Anniversary to the two of you!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on January 04, 2011, 04:58:52 pm
Thanks for the congrats Sonja and Jeff. :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Monika on January 04, 2011, 05:05:10 pm
No, we met at school. We had known each other before for 1.5 years and were friends. But that New Year's Eve night 25 years ago, yes, there was a party and that's were suddenly we saw each other in a different light. Still teenagers, kids almost.


Nah, wouldn't have been a problem. We're both not shy, we would have told the other. And what's important is not the milestones (though I admit 25 is a big one and I'm proud), but more important is how you fill the years between anniversaries and milestones.
I wouldn't even be angry if he forgot my birthday or whatever. This evening, I was tired and hungry as hell, but didn't like what we had for dinner. I was bitchy and fretful. Instead of arguing, he asked me what I would like more and made veggie burgers especially for me. That's love. :)
And of course, after I had eaten, I apologized. He smiled and told me he knows that I become a hyena when I'm hungry. Who needs flowers when you have a man that cooks for you?
wow, now I´m jealous. How sweet!

An Happy Anniversary to both of you. 25 years - not bad!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on January 04, 2011, 05:09:19 pm
Chrissi, Happy Anniversary All the Inbetween Stuff!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on January 04, 2011, 05:18:31 pm
Instead of arguing, he asked me what I would like more and made veggie burgers especially for me.

Wow, he sounds like a keeper. Better go for another 25.

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 04, 2011, 07:36:21 pm
I hear he makes great sandwiches too!! Happy anniversary, Chrissi and sandwichmaker!!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Meryl on January 04, 2011, 10:54:14 pm
Happy Silver Anniversary, Chrissi!  Hope you're still going strong at your Golden Anniversary!  8)  :-*
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Lynne on January 05, 2011, 02:00:56 am
Now that is one terrific story, Chrissi - both the forgetting and the veggie burgers!! :* :*
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2011, 01:17:33 pm
Lots of changes to reflect upon this new year's eve.  Friends made, friends lost.  Pets lost, new ones adopted.  Friends'/family's serious illnesses to cope with.  Wonderful travel.  New interests discovered.  Weight lost and gained.  :-\  Despite facebook, we're still here!

Looks like a quietish Cape Cod new year's eve this year.  Our Santa Cruz friend stayed the week, and left yesterday.  Doing lots of projects around the house.  Warmish, about 50*, and drizzly here. 

Dinner menu:  start with beautiful pink salmon caviar on flatbread with Veuve Cliquot Brut Rose; then beef Wellington, creamed spinach with a Rodney Strong Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon, followed by my homemade key lime pie with Perrier Jouet Grand Brut by the fire.  No tv.  Maybe a jaunt out to the Porch Bar if I'm still awake!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2011, 01:20:53 pm
[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSq1cez_flQ[/youtube]

She's ok, but could he be more adorable???
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on December 31, 2011, 02:04:28 pm


[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSq1cez_flQ[/youtube]

She's ok, but could he be more adorable???


Adorable!!!

And how adorable is this  pic??

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 8) 8) :D :D ;D ;D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 31, 2011, 02:15:15 pm
Looks like a quietish Cape Cod new year's eve this year. ...   Warmish, about 50*, and drizzly here.

Last I checked the Weather Channel, it was even warmer here, 55*. No drizzle, though. 

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Dinner menu:  start with beautiful pink salmon caviar on flatbread with Veuve Cliquot Brut Rose; then beef Wellington, creamed spinach with a Rodney Strong Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon, followed by my homemade key lime pie with Perrier Jouet Grand Brut by the fire.  No tv.

Sounds lovely. Much simpler menu here. Steak. Spaghetti. Salad. Maybe some biscuits if I get out to the store to buy them this afternoon.  ::) Coffee and a whoopie pie for dessert.  ;D

(Of course, tomorrow there will pork and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes.  ;D )

Then out to my usual hangout to wish a happy new year to my buddy Barry, the security guy (Doorman sounds undignified for a retired police officer, and he does so much more than watch the door, anyway).

Not too much to drink, though. Since I was away for Christmas, I'd like to make church tomorrow morning.

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Maybe a jaunt out to the Porch Bar if I'm still awake!

You should go to the Porch Bar. Say hello to it and have a good scotch for me.  :)

Happy New Year!  :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on December 31, 2011, 03:29:33 pm



"What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?"

What if it's ALWAYS a Saturday night? It was this year, and that was nice, but--always forever?

Hmmmm. How about 'Moveable Feasts'??

I'm a stick-in-the-mud. I don't want to always  have my birthday on Thursday, forever. (Well, until I drop dead, anyway!  :laugh: )

Phooie! Sorry, Professor, I don't like it!




http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45828666/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/it-time-overhaul-calendar-profs-have-plan/from/toolbar


Is it time to overhaul the
calendar? Profs have a plan

New Year's Day would always be on Sunday
if 'permanent calendar' takes hold


By Stephanie Pappas Senior writer

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updated 12/30/2011 4:52:27 PM ET

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Richard Conn Henry, an astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins University,
has long argued that a "permanent calendar" would make more sense
than the current calendar, which shifts the lineup of days and dates
each year. Henry has gained an ally in Johns Hopkins economist
Steve Hanke, who also advocates the change.



Forget leap years, months with 28 days and your birthday falling on a different day of the week each year. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland say they have a better way to mark time: a new calendar in which every year is identical to the one before.

Their proposed calendar overhaul — largely unprecedented in the 430 years since Pope Gregory XIII instituted the Gregorian calendar we still use today — would divvy out months and weeks so that every calendar date would always fall on the same day of the week. New Year's Day would forever come on a Sunday. So would Christmas.

"The calendar I'm advocating isn't nearly as accurate" as the Gregorian calendar, said Richard Henry, an astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins who has been pushing for calendar reform for years. "But it's far more convenient."


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The Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar would stay the same every year,
but every five or six years, an extra week called "Xtr" would be added
to adjust for seasonal drift. For a larger version of the calendar, check
 
http://henry.pha.jhu.edu/calendar.html


New versus old

The trouble with designing a nice, regular calendar is that each Earth year is 365.2422 days long, leaving extra snippets of time that don't fit nicely into a cycle of 24-hour days. If this time isn't somehow accounted for, the calendar "drifts" relative to the seasons, and the next thing you know, Christmas Day is coming after the spring thaw.

The Gregorian calendar deals with this by adding an extra day (Leap Day) to February about every four years, correcting for the seasonal drift.  

"It's really incredible that in the Middle Ages, they were able to invent a new calendar that was so accurate," Henry told LiveScience. What bothers him about the Gregorian calendar, though, is the frustrating tendency for days of the week to jump around. Because 365 is not a multiple of seven, 7-day weeks don't fit evenly into the Gregorian calendar. That means that each year, dates shift over one day of the week (two during leap years).

"Everybody has to redo their calendars," Henry said. "For sports schedules, for schools, for every damn thing. It's completely unnecessary."

Under the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar (named after Henry and Steve Hanke, a Johns Hopkins economist who also advocates calendar overhaul), every date falls on the same day of the week — forever.

The calendar follows a pattern of two 30-day months followed by one 31-day month. That means the old rhyme, "30 days hath September, April, June and November," would need to be revised to "31 days hath September, June, March and December."

To account for extra time, Hanke and Henry drop leap years and instead create a "leap week" at the end of December every five or six years. This extra week, dubbed "Xtr," would adjust for seasonal drift while keeping the 7-day cycle on track.

"The new calendar can be fairly often off as much as three days on the seasons, but looking out, could you tell?" Henry said. "Of course you couldn't tell."


The economics of time

For Henry, the new calendar is worth it because of how much time and effort goes into revising the calendar each year. He first got into the idea of calendar reform while having to yet again update lecture dates and syllabi for his students. He quickly discovered that there were calendar-reform advocates with suggestions on how to do away with that problem, he said.

"My heart sank, and I thought, 'Oh my god, I don't want to get involved in calendar reform. It's the stupidest waste of time. It's hopeless,'" Henry said.

But he put the Hanke-Henry calendar online anyway, weathered a storm of publicity, and watched nothing come of it. This time, he said, he's hoping that the influence of Hanke, the economist, will spur real interest in change.

To Hanke, the need for a new calendar goes beyond the annoyance of out-of-date syllabi. Calculations for interest payments, for example, are complicated by the irregularity of months. Different financial entities deal with these irregularities differently, meaning that the amount of interest accrued depends not just on time, but on who did the calendar-related math. The Hanke-Henry calendar would do away with these irregularities, streamlining the process, Hanke and Henry wrote in the January 2012 issue of Globe Asia  magazine.

The new calendar would also be more business-friendly, the researchers wrote. Meetings and holiday time off would be easier to schedule. Other businessmen's attempts at calendar reform, including one by Eastman Kodak founder George Eastman, failed because they didn't always maintain Sundays as weekends, disrupting the Sabbath for Christians. The Hanke-Henry calendar doesn't have that problem.

"The natural date for the introduction of these changes is 1 January 2012, because it is a Sunday in both the current Pope Gregory calendar and the simple, new calendar," the researchers wrote.

While that would not be enough time to update computers to the new calendar, he said, the target for complete technical adoption could be January 1, 2017, when the Gregorian year again begins on a Sunday.
 

When's my birthday?

But no matter how simple Hanke and Henry's suggestion is, it faces high psychological barriers.

"My favorite reason it shouldn't be done is, 'But my birthday will always be on a Wednesday!'" Henry said. "Of course the answer to that is you can celebrate your birthday whenever you want."

Another problem: "To my extreme annoyance, my calendar contains four Friday the 13ths each year," Henry said. "Isn't that awful?"

Nonetheless, Henry has some hope for a simpler calendar. After all, he said, smoking has gone from completely acceptable to often banned in public, in just a few short decades. The federal government once managed to institute a nationwide speed limit of 55 miles per hour. And despite centuries of habit, no one says "Peking" anymore when they mean "Beijing."

"Real change is possible," Henry said.


Also:

From 2004: Pros and cons of the calendar remake  (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6699413/ns/technology_and_science-science/)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 31, 2011, 05:36:29 pm
I'm quite content with the calendar as it is, thank you very much.

And 1582, when the Gregorian calendar was promulgated, was not "the Middle Ages."  >:(

I will say, however, that unless, perhaps, it would cause problems with agricultural planning, I don't get the problem with "seasonal drift." Who says Christmas has to be in the winter? It isn't if you live in the Southern Hemisphere--which goes to show the Northern Hemisphere-centric-ness of this whole calendar business.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on December 31, 2011, 06:12:03 pm
Quiet New Year's Eve here. One hour to go till the new year arrives.
Normally, we have friends over, but this year, it's only our immediate family. Which suits us just fine, since we're happy enough to be all five of us together, even if it's only for one day. (My middle child is in the hospital, but has gotten a leave for tonight, for those who didn't know).

Dinner was a joke. :laugh: Hubby did the groceries and bought lots and lots of stuff which Helen (the sick middle child) is allowed to eat. She wished only for potatoes with a little bit of sauce for dinner and you bet her wish was granted. Anyway, with all the new/diet stuff he had to think of, he forgot to buy something special for us, the rest of the family. :laugh: So we had a very simple everyday meal of potatoes, bratwurst and beans.
Instead of an evening full of playing board games, we watched a DVD together and now hubby is looking for the Dinner For One (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinner_for_one) DVD. Helen fell asleep on the couch, cuddled between mommy and daddy. :)

I think this is the most unspectacular New Year's Eve I've ever had. But that's okay, we can use some peace and quiet at the moment. Next year will be better. :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2011, 06:24:18 pm
Helen fell asleep on the couch, cuddled between mommy and daddy. :)

I think this is the most unspectacular New Year's Eve I've ever had. But that's okay, we can use some peace and quiet at the moment. Next year will be better. :)

Unspectacular, but together.  Hoping for a much better '12 for you. 
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on December 31, 2011, 09:00:06 pm



Quiet New Year's Eve here. One hour to go till the new year arrives....

Instead of an evening full of playing board games, we watched a DVD together and now hubby is looking for the Dinner For One (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinner_for_one) DVD. Helen fell asleep on the couch, cuddled between mommy and daddy. :)



If you haven't yet found it--
Happy New Year, Chrissie!!

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lzQxjGL9S0[/youtube]


(We are still trapped in our
Science-fictional 2011 cage of
The Benighted Past--poke at us through
the bars and laugh at us, you
Enlighted Beings of 2012!!)



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxVHseRHWfg[/youtube]

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 31, 2011, 09:20:32 pm
(My middle child is in the hospital, but has gotten a leave for tonight, for those who didn't know).

 :o  Oh, no! I didn't know! I'm so sorry to hear that!  :'(  I hope she'll be all right?  ???

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Instead of an evening full of playing board games, we watched a DVD together and now hubby is looking for the Dinner For One (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinner_for_one) DVD.

At present I'm watching reruns of 1950's TV. So far I've seen two episodes of Burns and Allen and one of The Jack Benny Program.  ;D

That Gracie Allen sure was funny.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Meryl on December 31, 2011, 09:41:09 pm
Happy New Year, Brokies!  And yes, please, a nicer 2012.  This year come on a bear.  :P

I've been invited to have drinks with upstairs neighbors, so it's a cozy commute for me.  The masochists adventurers waiting in chilly Times Square are welcome to Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

Paul, your dinner sounds scrumptious, and Chrissi, your dinner sounds like one your family will always remember fondly.  It's not the fare, it's who's there that counts.  :-*  Jeff, you have the right idea, ending and starting the year with a laugh.  ;D

John and I celebrated New Year's Eve Eve last night on the lower East side (3 years in a row now) and had drinks, wine, calamari, pate on toast, lamb ragout, coq au vin and creme brulee at Pangea.  Then we saw TinTin in 3D (charming) and wound up, as always, at Cafe Mogador on St. Mark's Place.  Tagine of lamb with apricots and prunes, shrimp in butter sauce, sesame biscuits, aged Scotch, sparkling lemonade, mint tea and cappuccino went down our gullets pronto.  John gave me some spectacular handmade chocolates and cookies and I gave him gloves and earwraps.  Thanks for another lovely memory, dear John!  :-*
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on December 31, 2011, 10:12:45 pm


John and I celebrated New Year's Eve Eve last night on the lower East side (3 years in a row now) and had *drinks, wine, calamari, pate on toast, lamb ragout, coq au vin and creme brulee at Pangea.  Then we saw TinTin in 3D (charming) and wound up, as always, at Cafe Mogador on St. Mark's Place.  **Tagine of lamb with apricots and prunes, shrimp in butter sauce, sesame biscuits, aged Scotch, sparkling lemonade, mint tea and cappuccino went down our gullets pronto.  John gave me some spectacular handmade chocolates and cookies and I gave him gloves and earwraps.  Thanks for another lovely memory, dear John!  :-*


*/ **Why did I eat (and drink) mostly all of that?? It started with the calamari--I was gobbling the plate as you walked in!   ::) ::) :P

THANK YOU Meryl for the lovely, lovely evening (which henceforth will be called the Tintin New Year's, I suppose!) and for the lovely gloves and earwraps--it's going to be 17F Tuesday night!!   :o :o

Have a safe and fun New Year's, everybody!! Happy 2012!!  :D :D :D :D

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2012, 11:09:21 pm
For the first time in several years, I was with family rather than friends. My spouse always dictated the events of New Years in earlier years, and he always wanted to avoid parties and retire early. But ever since our grandson has been born, he's shown new interest in doing things. So, yesterday we went south to Colorado Springs to celebrate a family wedding, with my daughter and her son. We had a great time, and I'm back home relaxing. I missed being with my friends, but I'm sure I'll catch up with them later.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: tampatalon on December 30, 2012, 11:59:33 am
I plan ta be at home all snug :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sheriff Roland on December 30, 2012, 01:04:49 pm
I'm ducking ...

From the end of the world (maya, 2012) to the worse year of the century (2013) - Yikes  :laugh: Good luck one & all.

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Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: delalluvia on December 30, 2012, 02:29:58 pm
Doing nothing this year. 

No one got presents from me this year due to a very expensive car repair ($1200) that hit the first of December and I am also still paying on my medical bills from this last July ($1850 and I am now down to $1100) and my tax bill is coming due as well at the end of January.

Life is very expensive these days.  No money for fun things.  :(

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Monika on December 30, 2012, 03:38:40 pm
Sophytofy and I are joining forces and have booked a hotel room in Stockholm on NYE. Fireworks, food, music and a museum visit are on the agenda.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Luvlylittlewing on December 30, 2012, 04:20:15 pm
I'm going to Watch Meeting services at church with my mom.  Commonly called watchnight services, Watchnight service has added significance and history in the African-American community in the United States, since many slaves were said to have gathered in churches on New Year's Eve, in 1862, to await news and confirmation of the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, on January 1, 1863.

I haven't been in years, and I feel it is time.  Besides, its free and a good time is had by all!  We often go out to breakfast after service.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Shakesthecoffecan on December 30, 2012, 04:35:22 pm
I will probably be channel surfing.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on December 30, 2012, 05:07:16 pm
I'm going to Watch Meeting services at church with my mom.  Commonly called watchnight services, Watchnight service has added significance and history in the African-American community in the United States, since many slaves were said to have gathered in churches on New Year's Eve, in 1862, to await news and confirmation of the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, on January 1, 1863.

I haven't been in years, and I feel it is time.  Besides, its free and a good time is had by all!  We often go out to breakfast after service.


That's one of the most meaningful New Years Eve celebrations I've ever heard of.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Luvlylittlewing on December 30, 2012, 05:46:42 pm

That's one of the most meaningful New Years Eve celebrations I've ever heard of.

Thanks so much for saying so! I'm really looking forward to it!  :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 30, 2012, 09:27:40 pm
I'm excited!

Quite unexpectedly, I've been offered use of a free ticket to accompany some friends and neighbors in my building to the Philadelphia Orchestra's New Year's Eve concert, in Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (which is so close to where I live that I could stand on my balcony and spit and almost hit the Kimmel  ;D ).

The Orchestra's new conductor, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, will be conducting. I've never been to a concert at the Kimmel, and I'll get to see the new conductor in action.  :)

After the concert, I have a party to go to right in my own building.

I think this will be my first New Year's Eve in all my years in Philadelphia that I won't be going out to a bar.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 30, 2012, 09:30:41 pm
I'm going to Watch Meeting services at church with my mom.  Commonly called watchnight services, Watchnight service has added significance and history in the African-American community in the United States, since many slaves were said to have gathered in churches on New Year's Eve, in 1862, to await news and confirmation of the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, on January 1, 1863.

I haven't been in years, and I feel it is time.  Besides, its free and a good time is had by all!  We often go out to breakfast after service.

I've heard of Watchnight services--don't mean to joke or make a Brokieism, but, seriously, I thought it was a Methodist thing.  :-\

When you get a chance, please tell us about the service. I'd like to know what it's like. Thanks!  :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: delalluvia on December 30, 2012, 10:30:03 pm
Everyone's plans sound great.  Check in after and let us know how it went.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Meryl on December 31, 2012, 01:37:52 am
Marie, what a great way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  So very meaningful to us all!  :-*

Jeff, enjoy the concert.  John and I heard Nezet-Seguin conduct, and he's terrific.  8)

I'll be going up to the top floor of my building for a get-together at my neighbor's.  Nice and easy.   But tonight, John G. and I had our traditional New Year's Eve Eve date.  We ate at a Lower East Side bistro called Calliope--great food and cozy atmosphere, and we scored a celebrity sighting while we were there.  Joel Grey came in with friends.  A few pics are below, blurry because my Iphone quality isn't good, but you get the idea.  The cake is Cherry Cake Basque, so we had to have it.  The earrings are my Christmas gift from John:  fire opal.  Very pretty!

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h269/merylmarie/BBMLinesVisualized/BrokieBrunch/NYEE2012014.jpg)  (http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h269/merylmarie/BBMLinesVisualized/BrokieBrunch/NYEE2012012.jpg)

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h269/merylmarie/BBMLinesVisualized/BrokieBrunch/NYEE2012015.jpg)  (http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h269/merylmarie/BBMLinesVisualized/BrokieBrunch/NYEE2012016.jpg)

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h269/merylmarie/BBMLinesVisualized/BrokieBrunch/MerylsVermeer.jpg)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on December 31, 2012, 09:41:00 am
I love all the plans Brokies are having. :)

Go, Jeff! What a wonderful opportunity.


I'm going to Watch Meeting services at church with my mom.  Commonly called watchnight services, Watchnight service has added significance and history in the African-American community in the United States, since many slaves were said to have gathered in churches on New Year's Eve, in 1862, to await news and confirmation of the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, on January 1, 1863.

I haven't been in years, and I feel it is time.  Besides, its free and a good time is had by all!  We often go out to breakfast after service.


Never heard of this before. Thanks for brightening my horizon.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on December 31, 2012, 09:45:56 am
Monika and Sophia, you go, girls! I'm sure you're gonna rock Stockholm. :laugh:


Meryl: I love that you and John have a traditional NYE date. :)
Thanks for sharing with us. The earrings are beautiful! And the cake was not only cherry cake, but even a Basque cherry cake! :laugh: It was clearly meant for you.


I'm going to be at home with Jens and the two younger children. Oldest daughter will be out, partying.
The times they are a changing...
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on December 31, 2012, 01:05:42 pm
I just got a last minute invite to a house party with friends, so that's where I'll be.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on December 31, 2012, 03:25:48 pm
About 3.5 hours to go for me and the Swedes, an hour more for Kelda.

We just had dinner (cheese fondue - love it!) and are about to start game night. In an hour, we'll gather in front of the TV, watching Dinner for One (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinner_for_One), which is almost mandatory in Germany. ;D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Monika on December 31, 2012, 05:25:52 pm
The Swedes are cheking in!

So far we´ve had a great day here in Stockholm. It´s around 10.15 pm and we are back at our hotel, resting before going out later on to watch the fireworks.


We started our visit by taking a ride in Skyview. It´s a gondola made of glass that takes you up along the outside of the Ericsson Globe - the largest spherical building in the world. Very cool! (pic 1 and 2)

Afterwards we took the subway to Fotografiska museet (photographic museum) - it is one of the worlds largest collection of locations for photography. They were showing the work of David LaChapelle through the entire museum. I knew of him but wasn´t that familar with his work. I was pleasantly surprised. Very colorful, noisy and provocative. (pic 3 - the museum. pic 4 Picture by David LaChapelle. I bought a poster with this print too)

After all that we needed food. We ended up in a persian restaurant. Great, spicy food!


That is our evening so far!
We are about to head down to the hotel lounge to order a cocktail (or two) before heading out.

Happy New Year everybody!

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 31, 2012, 05:46:08 pm
Interesting pictures! Thank you! The Swedes really know how to live!!  :-*
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2012, 06:26:16 pm
Nice to hear everyone's plans, from minimalist to elaborate.

Beautiful cold, crisp day in Provincetown, which is covered in ice and snow.

We're keeping low key this new year, as I'm still getting over a nasty cold. Did plenty of dancing at a wedding on Saturday night, which probably didn't help.

So, eating in tonight.  Two kinds of caviar:  American spoonbill and French trout roe (which I've never had; pink eggs much smaller than salmon roe).  Followed by Beef Wellington--a new tradition, alongiside white asparagus with bechamel, and crispy kale.  Dessert will be Joey's "world's-only-edible fruitcake" by the fire.  No TV, no dropping stuff, probably just pandora.  

Happy New Year, everyone!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on December 31, 2012, 08:30:08 pm
Greeting from the future!
It's already 2013 here! :D

Tina was pretty anxious. For the worst of it, from a few minutes to midnight until 0:30am I put her into her box, where she simply laid down, was quiet and waited it out. But after she was out of her box again, some people set off firecrackers directly in front of our windows, which had her almost in panic. She even jumped on the couch, and I let her. Wrong moment for discipline.


probably just pandora.  

pandora? I know only her box. :laugh:

Enjoy your food, it sounds delicious, apart from the caviar.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 01, 2013, 12:29:23 pm
The concert last night was simply amazing. Our seats were on the left above and alongside the stage, so instead of staring at the conductor's back all evening, we could see him from the front. I think that made for a much more interesting experience. I wish I'd had my binoculars, as I would have loved to see the conductor's facial expressions as he was conducting. Yannick is a very enthusiastic and energetic and animated conductor, and the Philadelphia Orchestra is s-o-o-o lucky to have landed him as music director. After the program they did three encores: Stars and Stripes Forever (kind of a clever choice, I think, for a French Canadian on his first New Year's Eve conducting in Philadelphia), Auld Lang Syne, for New Year's Eve, and the Radetzky March, traditionally the closing number at the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's concert.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on January 01, 2013, 01:20:15 pm
Celeste posted this on facebook.  I thought it was terrific. 

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcVJBLV2Ryw[/youtube]
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 01, 2013, 11:37:11 pm
Lovely way to end the New Year's holiday: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's New Year's concert, on Great Performances on PBS. Julie Andrews was the hostess. The orchestra performs in the beautiful Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. The conductor is Franz Welser-Moest, who looks every inch a conductor: tall, slim (probably a 30-inch waist), handsome, a mane of graying hair.

Tonight I heard two waltzes that were unfamiliar to me, Hesperus's Path, by Josef Strauss (younger brother of Johann Strauss II), and Styrian Dances, by Josef Lanner (rival of Johann Strauss I).

The waltzes of Josef Strauss are more lyrical than those of his big brother. Hesperus's Path is very pretty.  :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 02, 2013, 03:54:02 pm
 The cake is Cherry Cake Basque, so we had to have it.  


Wow!  Two brokieisms in one cake!!!!   :o  Of course you had to have it!

Very pretty earrings, Meryl!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 02, 2013, 04:20:03 pm
How nice to read about everyone's new years!

Me, I spent a quiet family-like evening with my friend and her kids. Another friend turned up for dessert, too.

We played board games, and before 12 we went outside so the kids could set off their fireworks.

I spent the night, and the next day we took a long and lovely walk along the coast where she lives.
The weather was mild, and no wind which is very unusual there.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on December 31, 2013, 08:45:12 am



(https://www.google.com/logos/doodles/2013/new-years-eve-2013-5666313846390784-hp.gif)


Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sophia on December 31, 2013, 09:34:49 am


(https://www.google.com/logos/doodles/2013/new-years-eve-2013-5666313846390784-hp.gif)




Became fascinated by the new google logo...so cute...did you notice, they all dance in different ways, with their legs. Made me a bit philosophic, wondered, how will the last number dance?
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 31, 2013, 10:24:20 am
I'm babysitting my one-year-old grandson, and I'm planning to watch a DVD if he'll allow it. In previous years, I've always watched the movie Orlando, but I'm thinking of renting something for tonight. What would you suggest?
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 31, 2013, 10:47:58 am
I'm going to the Philadelphia Orchestra New Year's concert.  :D

Then I'm expected to party with the friends with whom I'm going to the concert (all neighbors in my building), I'm invited to a party by other neighbors in my building, and I'd really like to see my buddies at my usual watering hole, who are all good friends to me, not just people who serve me liquor in exchange for money. I don't know what I'm going to do.  ???
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 31, 2013, 10:49:12 am
I'm babysitting my one-year-old grandson, and I'm planning to watch a DVD if he'll allow it. In previous years, I've always watched the movie Orlando, but I'm thinking of renting something for tonight. What would you suggest?

After the Thin Man, with William Powell and Myrna Loy, which takes place over a New Year's holiday.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on December 31, 2013, 11:12:02 am
I like the Thin Man movies, and I love the name "Myrna Loy". It sounds good to my ears. :)

Have fun, Jeff, and good luck with the little one, Lee!


Jens and Helen (middle child) are on their way to see the musical Mamma Mia on stage. I deliberately chose the Sylvester show and hope it will be really special for them. :)
They should return around 11PM, just in time to go into the new year with the rest of the family.
My daughter and her boyfriend had plans to party, but that fell through on short notice. They could have gone elsewhere, but the BF said he'd rather spend the night with her family. That's a nice compliment, and we also like to have him around. He's a very sweet guy; reminds me of Jens at the same age (but I'd never tell that my daughter, lol ;D :laugh:).

So, instead of being just two (Oliver and me), we'll be four people for the evening, and later six. We'll have cheese fondue and play board games.

I hope everyone on BetterMost has good plans to look forward to for tonight! Guten Rutsch! :D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sophia on December 31, 2013, 11:20:41 am

While I am deciding if it is proper to do laundry on new years eve....I enjoying the hype from Sydney.


[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEFjdNjXzbs[/youtube]
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 31, 2013, 12:21:05 pm
While I am deciding if it is proper to do laundry on new years eve....I enjoying the hype from Sydney.

It might be auspicious to begin the new year with clean clothes.  ;D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2013, 12:34:07 pm
Chrissi, sounds like a fun evening. 

One question:  what is the "Sylvester show" and how does it relate to Mama Mia?
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on December 31, 2013, 12:45:14 pm
dinner and drinks with friends at their house.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on December 31, 2013, 12:57:27 pm
Chrissi, sounds like a fun evening.  

One question:  what is the "Sylvester show" and how does it relate to Mama Mia?


It's the show taking place on Sylvester. You call it New Year's Eve, we call it Sylvester. ;D

It doesn't have anything to do with Mamma Mia in the first place, but since it's a special day many shows in theaters, circusses (? what's the plural of circus?) etc do something special for their guests. Could be a free glass of sparkling wine, some extra encores, music playing and the crew and guests dancing together, whatever. Kind of a little after-show. But maybe there'll be nothing special, there's no way to say. So I'm just hoping they will make it a really special night tonight, that's why I chose this date. The tickets were a Christmas gift from me to Jens and Helen. Jens likes Abba, Helen always wanted to see a musical, and everyone I ever spoke to was outright raving about Mamma Mia, so I was pretty happy with my idea. :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2013, 01:17:05 pm
Thanks, Chrissi.  Guten Rutsch!  From "The Local", everything you ever wanted to know about New Year in Germany:


No your friend isn't planning to ring in the New Year with someone named Sylvester instead of you. Silvester is the German name for New Year's Eve – owing to the fourth century Pope Sylvester I. Eventually made a saint by the Catholic Church, his feast day is observed on December 31.

St. Sylvester’s day became associated with New Year's Eve with the reform of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, when the last day of the year was fixed at December 31. But despite the holiday's Christian name, many German New Year's traditions can be traced back to the pagan Rauhnächte practices of heathen Germanic tribes, which took place at the end of December and beginning of January.

Instead of recognizing a single day as the winter solstice, the Germanic tribes observed twelve Rauhnächte – hairy nights, so called due to the furry forms of the deep winter demons – or Rauchnächte – smoky nights, due to the practice of smoking the spirits out of one’s house on January 5. Bringing very little sun to the northern regions, the twelve Rauhnächte were considered days outside of time, when the solar and lunar years were allowed to re-synchronise. Silvester took place right in the middle of the twelve Rauhnächte and was the night of the god Wotan’s wild hunt, a time of particular commotion and celebration.

As in many other countries, the Germans celebrate Silvester with fireworks, champagne, and boisterous social gatherings. Making noise is key: the ruckus of fireworks, firecrackers, drums, whip-cracking and banging kitchen utensils has been driving away evil winter spirits since the days of the Germanic Teutons. One of the most famous German firework displays takes place at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Private celebrations with Böllern (firecrackers) are also common.

Besides being a fun spectacle, the light of pyrotechnic displays also provides a surrogate sun during the dark Silvester night. Suffering the winter bleakness in their northern regions more than anyone, the Teutons feared that the sun, which they thought of as a wheel that rolled around the earth, was slowing to a stop during the darkest days of winter. Perhaps as a sign of protest, they lit wooden wheels on fire and sent them rolling down mountains and clubbed trees with flaming cudgels. These practices are likely forerunners to the Silvester firework tradition.

The belief that the sun was slowing to a stop also led to the German tradition of doing no work on New Year’s Eve: everything should stand just as still on earth. Above all no one should do any laundry, because the god Wotan made his rounds with his army of devils for a wild hunt during Silvester and would be terribly angry if he got caught in any clotheslines.

Because the twelve Rauhnächte – now associated with the twelve days of Christmas made famous by the partridge in a pear tree – were days outside of time, all manner of supernatural events were possible. Spirits of all sorts charged through the night, either embodying the horror of winter or chasing it away. These figures still emerge in the Perchtenläufen of the Alpine areas of Germany, when troll-like forms cavort about with bells to drive away winter. Perchtenläufen take place in different Alpine cities between Advent and January 5, the last of the Rauhnächte.

The Rauhnächte were also a time when the future for the New Year could be divined. Silvester in Germany still calls for oracle traditions, which often take the form of party games. Bleigießen (lead pouring) is the most popular Silvester fortune-telling tradition. Party-goers melt small lead forms with a candle in an old spoon and pour them into cold water. The lead hardens into a shape that supposedly bears a certain meaning for the New Year. An eagle, for example, indicates career success, while a flower foretells that new friendships will develop.

Other oracle traditions on Silvester include swinging a pendulous object, such as a necklace or watch, and asking it a yes-or-no question. If the pendulum swings in a circle, the answer is “yes,” if it swings vertically, the answer is “no,” and if it swings horizontally, the answer is uncertain. Bibelstechen involves opening the Bible to a random page, closing one’s eyes and pointing to a random verse. The verse should provide some information or advice for the coming year.

Those who stay home on Silvester in Germany are likely to be watching the 1963 TV recording of the British comedy sketch “Dinner for one”. The programme is an indispensable German New Year's tradition since 1972 and holds the Guinness record for being the most frequently repeated TV show in history.

Anyone in front of the telly will probably be wolfing down jelly doughnuts too. But watch out! At some point some Teutonic jokester thought it would be funny to put mustard in one or two of the Pfannkuchen as a funny surprise for his New Year's party guests.

For those who go out on Silvester, good luck charms and New Year’s greetings are often exchanged. Acquaintances may give good luck charms to each other in the form of ladybugs, four-leaf clovers, horseshoes and pigs. The phrase Guten Rutsch! is another common Silvester greeting. While many Germans now use it to wish someone a good “slide” into the new year, the word Rutsch more likely comes from the Yiddish word Rosch – which means beginning or head.

So to have a Guten Rutsch! is simply to have a good start to the New Year!


http://www.thelocal.de/20121231/16425

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 31, 2013, 01:17:31 pm
It's the show taking place on Sylvester. You call it New Year's Eve, we call it Sylvester. ;D

How very ... medieval.

Today is the feast day of St. Sylvester:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Sylvester_I (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Sylvester_I)

Note this in particular:

"In the West, the liturgical feast of Saint Sylvester is on 31 December, the day of his burial in the Catacomb of Priscilla.[5] This is the last day in the year and, accordingly, in German-speaking countries and in some others close to them, New Year's Eve is known as Silvester. In other countries too, the day is usually referred to as Saint Sylvester's Day or the Feast of Saint Sylvester."
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2013, 01:41:31 pm
I was thinking of this fellow:

(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/f3/71/a3c992c008a0ab8fe470b010.L.jpg)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 31, 2013, 01:49:08 pm
While I am deciding if it is proper to do laundry on new years eve.

Apparently you'd better not. Wotan will be very angry with you if he gets tangled up in your clothesline.  :-\
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on December 31, 2013, 01:54:35 pm
lmao!

Paul, I was about to post a picture of him too!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: brian on December 31, 2013, 01:56:16 pm
While I am deciding if it is proper to do laundry on new years eve....I enjoying the hype from Sydney.


[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEFjdNjXzbs[/youtube]
Thanks for this, usual fireworks in my birth city. I only ever saw them once live from my Mother's balcony on NYE 1999. I use to go to bed and set the alarm to watch them on TV.  As I hate crowds I never went into the city.
As usual I went to bed about 9.30pm. Woke at midnight when someone nearby set off a few fireworks  then woke again a little after 2am and thought it is New Year in Sydney.
It is now approaching 7am here in Dunedin so

Happy New Year Everybody
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2013, 02:18:15 pm
lmao!

Paul, I was about to post a picture of him too!

I actually saw Sylvester in concert in the late 80s. He was terrific.  I'll never forget a line he said:

"Sometimes, I wake up feeling so fabulous, I don't know what to do with myself."
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on December 31, 2013, 02:26:37 pm
Thanks, Chrissi.  Guten Rutsch!  From "The Local", everything you ever wanted to know about New Year in Germany:


No your friend isn't planning to ring in the New Year with someone named Sylvester instead of you. Silvester is the German name for New Year's Eve – owing to the fourth century Pope Sylvester I. Eventually made a saint by the Catholic Church, his feast day is observed on December 31.

St. Sylvester’s day became associated with New Year's Eve with the reform of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, when the last day of the year was fixed at December 31. But despite the holiday's Christian name, many German New Year's traditions can be traced back to the pagan Rauhnächte practices of heathen Germanic tribes, which took place at the end of December and beginning of January.

Instead of recognizing a single day as the winter solstice, the Germanic tribes observed twelve Rauhnächte – hairy nights, so called due to the furry forms of the deep winter demons – or Rauchnächte – smoky nights, due to the practice of smoking the spirits out of one’s house on January 5. Bringing very little sun to the northern regions, the twelve Rauhnächte were considered days outside of time, when the solar and lunar years were allowed to re-synchronise. Silvester took place right in the middle of the twelve Rauhnächte and was the night of the god Wotan’s wild hunt, a time of particular commotion and celebration.

As in many other countries, the Germans celebrate Silvester with fireworks, champagne, and boisterous social gatherings. Making noise is key: the ruckus of fireworks, firecrackers, drums, whip-cracking and banging kitchen utensils has been driving away evil winter spirits since the days of the Germanic Teutons. One of the most famous German firework displays takes place at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Private celebrations with Böllern (firecrackers) are also common.

Besides being a fun spectacle, the light of pyrotechnic displays also provides a surrogate sun during the dark Silvester night. Suffering the winter bleakness in their northern regions more than anyone, the Teutons feared that the sun, which they thought of as a wheel that rolled around the earth, was slowing to a stop during the darkest days of winter. Perhaps as a sign of protest, they lit wooden wheels on fire and sent them rolling down mountains and clubbed trees with flaming cudgels. These practices are likely forerunners to the Silvester firework tradition.

The belief that the sun was slowing to a stop also led to the German tradition of doing no work on New Year’s Eve: everything should stand just as still on earth. Above all no one should do any laundry, because the god Wotan made his rounds with his army of devils for a wild hunt during Silvester and would be terribly angry if he got caught in any clotheslines.

Because the twelve Rauhnächte – now associated with the twelve days of Christmas made famous by the partridge in a pear tree – were days outside of time, all manner of supernatural events were possible. Spirits of all sorts charged through the night, either embodying the horror of winter or chasing it away. These figures still emerge in the Perchtenläufen of the Alpine areas of Germany, when troll-like forms cavort about with bells to drive away winter. Perchtenläufen take place in different Alpine cities between Advent and January 5, the last of the Rauhnächte.

The Rauhnächte were also a time when the future for the New Year could be divined. Silvester in Germany still calls for oracle traditions, which often take the form of party games. Bleigießen (lead pouring) is the most popular Silvester fortune-telling tradition. Party-goers melt small lead forms with a candle in an old spoon and pour them into cold water. The lead hardens into a shape that supposedly bears a certain meaning for the New Year. An eagle, for example, indicates career success, while a flower foretells that new friendships will develop.

Other oracle traditions on Silvester include swinging a pendulous object, such as a necklace or watch, and asking it a yes-or-no question. If the pendulum swings in a circle, the answer is “yes,” if it swings vertically, the answer is “no,” and if it swings horizontally, the answer is uncertain. Bibelstechen involves opening the Bible to a random page, closing one’s eyes and pointing to a random verse. The verse should provide some information or advice for the coming year.

Those who stay home on Silvester in Germany are likely to be watching the 1963 TV recording of the British comedy sketch “Dinner for one”. The programme is an indispensable German New Year's tradition since 1972 and holds the Guinness record for being the most frequently repeated TV show in history.

Anyone in front of the telly will probably be wolfing down jelly doughnuts too. But watch out! At some point some Teutonic jokester thought it would be funny to put mustard in one or two of the Pfannkuchen as a funny surprise for his New Year's party guests.

For those who go out on Silvester, good luck charms and New Year’s greetings are often exchanged. Acquaintances may give good luck charms to each other in the form of ladybugs, four-leaf clovers, horseshoes and pigs. The phrase Guten Rutsch! is another common Silvester greeting. While many Germans now use it to wish someone a good “slide” into the new year, the word Rutsch more likely comes from the Yiddish word Rosch – which means beginning or head.

So to have a Guten Rutsch! is simply to have a good start to the New Year!


http://www.thelocal.de/20121231/16425




He he. How enlightning! Yes, we also do Bleigießen (lead pouring) later. And pretty sure we'll watch Dinner for One again. I mean, it's Sylvester, we have to!  :laugh:

Re laundry: I've learned that you aren't allowed to do laundry between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day. Brings bad luck if you do. This year however, I did some laundry during that time. But not today! So hopefully Wotan will be merciful. ;) :laugh:


How very ... medieval.


Yes. ;D


I was thinking of this fellow:

(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/f3/71/a3c992c008a0ab8fe470b010.L.jpg)
Never heard of him before, but I like the quote Paul posted. :)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on December 31, 2013, 02:28:30 pm
Thanks for this, usual fireworks in my birth city. I only ever saw them once live from my Mother's balcony on NYE 1999. I use to go to bed and set the alarm to watch them on TV.  As I hate crowds I never went into the city.
As usual I went to bed about 9.30pm. Woke at midnight when someone nearby set off a few fireworks  then woke again a little after 2am and thought it is New Year in Sydney.
It is now approaching 7am here in Dunedin so

Happy New Year Everybody


Here they are, greetings from 2014 - from the future! :D
Feels almost like time travel, eh? ;)

Happy New Year, Brian.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Shakesthecoffecan on December 31, 2013, 05:40:04 pm
In about 30 minutes I am going to start consuming alcohol and if I see the ball drop I see it and if I don't, I don't.

Happy New Year!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 31, 2013, 06:59:59 pm
Sounds like some high-class entertainment, Tru. Enjoy! Me, I'm off for my all-night date with a cowboy name of Charlie, who's one year old. Yee-haw!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2013, 07:01:59 pm
Sounds like some high-class entertainment, Tru. Enjoy! Me, I'm off for my all-night date with a cowboy name of Charlie, who's one year old. Yee-haw!

As Fritz would say, Geaux, Grandma!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2013, 07:04:27 pm
Happy New Year to all our EuroBrokies!

gott nytt år

glückliches neues Jahr

feliz año Nuevo

bonne année

Bliadhna Mhath Ùr

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sophia on December 31, 2013, 08:21:13 pm
Thanks for this, usual fireworks in my birth city. I only ever saw them once live from my Mother's balcony on NYE 1999. I use to go to bed and set the alarm to watch them on TV.  As I hate crowds I never went into the city.
As usual I went to bed about 9.30pm. Woke at midnight when someone nearby set off a few fireworks  then woke again a little after 2am and thought it is New Year in Sydney.
It is now approaching 7am here in Dunedin so

Happy New Year Everybody

Hope the new year has started well, you will have a beutiful day Brian. Europe has almost finished its celebration of the new year....so for me its time to hit the bed....and pas the New Years Eve Torch, towards west.                             

                                                                                                                            Happy 2014 Everybody!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on December 31, 2013, 10:14:04 pm
Hope the new year has started well, you will have a beutiful day Brian. Europe has almost finished its celebration of the new year....so for me its time to hit the bed....and pas the New Years Eve Torch, towards west.                             

                                                                                                                            Happy 2014 Everybody!



Lovely metaphors here! Time travel messages from the future and passing the torch! (I've always used the same joke on New Year's Eve when sending emails to friends in San Francisco--the Time Overlords send Benign Messages to the Past!)

For years I have done nothing at all, but tonight I am invited to a New Year's Eve Dinner and Celebration within sight of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, which is only 8 city blocks North and one block East from Ground Zero of times Square--and it FEELS as if it's 18F outside! Eeek! So I'm attempting to dress warmly and be slightly festive, if only to do the right thing re My Kindly Hosts. Haven't a clue HOW I will mange to run the Gantlet between the Celebrants and the Police (who will be attempting to herd me elsewhere)--Oh well! Wish me luck! Gott nytt år, all!


Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sophia on December 31, 2013, 10:56:57 pm


Lovely metaphors here! Time travel messages from the future and passing the torch! (I've always used the same joke on New Year's Eve when sending emails to friends in San Francisco--the Time Overlords send Benign Messages to the Past!)

For years I have done nothing at all, but tonight I am invited to a New Year's Eve Dinner and Celebration within sight of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, which is only 8 city blocks North and one block East from Ground Zero of times Square--and it FEELS as if it's 18F outside! Eeek! So I'm attempting to dress warmly and be slightly festive, if only to do the right thing re My Kindly Hosts. Haven't a clue HOW I will mange to run the Gantlet between the Celebrants and the Police (who will be attempting to herd me elsewhere)--Oh well! Wish me luck! Gott nytt år, all!



LOL....a cross time square!!!....does your friend really know you live on eastside!!! Found this lovely crowd surfing boat...but I am not sure if it is available...I guess they most be popular days like these.


(http://twistedsifter.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/deichkind-crowd-surfing-in-huge-inflatable-raft.jpg?w=800)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 01, 2014, 01:20:18 am
(https://www.google.com/logos/doodles/2013/new-years-eve-2013-5666313846390784-hp.gif)


Became fascinated by the new google logo...so cute...did you notice, they all dance in different ways, with their legs. Made me a bit philosophic, wondered, how will the last number dance?


(https://www.google.com/logos/doodles/2014/new-years-day-2014-6382396563783680-hp.gif)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sophia on January 01, 2014, 06:50:57 am


(https://www.google.com/logos/doodles/2014/new-years-day-2014-6382396563783680-hp.gif)


LOL...what a hip four...it must be a sign...this is going to be a hip horse year.

(http://ww4.hdnux.com/photos/01/41/41/399427/3/628x471.jpg)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on January 02, 2014, 09:23:38 am
Hope everyone had a fun and safe New Years!

I was only about 20 minutes from my apartment, so I didn't have far to travel.  On the way one I saw a hell of a wreck, police had blocked off the road, it was an SUV and a car.  I didn't see the car, but the SUV was demolished. 

Chrissi, Sylvester was a disco/dance musician.  He was usually described as a drag queen, but he was not fond of that describption.  He had a number of dance hits through the 70s and 80s, with his last album being released in 1986.  His carreer was cut short when he found out he had AIDS in 1986, and he died in 1988 at 41.
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Post by: Front-Ranger on January 02, 2014, 03:17:31 pm
In about 30 minutes I am going to start consuming alcohol and if I see the ball drop I see it and if I don't, I don't.

Happy New Year!

So, did you see it drop, Truman? If he saw it, we can go ahead with 2014. If he didn't see it, maybe we'll be stuck in 2013 longer! Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Me, I'm looking forward to the New Year...bring it on!
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Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 02, 2014, 03:56:14 pm
I wonder why Denver doesn't "drop" something? What could it be?  ???

Over this holiday I learned that Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, home of the marshmallow peep, drops a giant peep at midnight on New Year's Eve.  ;D

I think Hershey drops a giant Kiss, and Lebanon, Pennsylvania, drops a giant bologna.  ;D

(Lebanon bologna is a kind of regional wurst. I don't know whether it's available outside Pennsylvania.)
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Post by: Front-Ranger on January 02, 2014, 10:20:28 pm
I wonder why Denver doesn't "drop" something? What could it be?  ???


A snowball? A Denver boot? A beer stein? A marijuana joint?
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Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 02, 2014, 10:52:22 pm
A snowball? A Denver boot? A beer stein? A marijuana joint?

A beer stein?  ???

Philadelphia could drop the Liberty Bell. It's broken already, so what difference would another crack or two make?  ;D
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Post by: Penthesilea on January 03, 2014, 05:41:09 am
A snowball? A Denver boot? A beer stein? A marijuana joint?

A beer stein?  ???


While I knew immediately what a beer stein is, I had to look up the Denver boot. On seeing the photos I remembered I had looked it up before. :laugh:

A beer stein is a big mug for beer with a lid on it. Traditionally made of stoneware, hence the name.

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ea/Beerstein.jpg/200px-Beerstein.jpg)

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer_stein (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer_stein)


The exact meaning can vary from region to region however.
Where I grew up, a "Stein" was simply a one liter glass filled with alcohol. Could have been either beer or white wine. And, in the case of wine, it had a small shotglass in it, standing on the bottom of the stein, filled with a stronger and colored type of liquor. It was popular with youth because it was set in the midddle of the table and shared by the whole group. Made a night out cheaper and it was fun, because we tried to not let the liquor flow out of the shotglass at the bottom.


My father had a small collection of beer steins, traditional ones like in the photo above. I have no idea where they are now. I'm afraid I gave them all way. :-\




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Philadelphia could drop the Liberty Bell. It's broken already, so what difference would another crack or two make?  ;D

 :laugh:
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Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 03, 2014, 10:20:27 am

While I knew immediately what a beer stein is. :laugh:

I did, too, of course. My  ???  is because I don't get what's particularly beer stein-ish about Denver.

Milwaukee, maybe. ...

They could drop a giant Coors can in Golden, I suppose.  8)
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Post by: Penthesilea on January 03, 2014, 12:29:34 pm
I did, too, of course. My  ???  is because I don't get what's particularly beer stein-ish about Denver.

Milwaukee, maybe. ...


Oh, I'm sorry, I totally misinterpreted your ???


What could they drop in Denver? Hmm, maybe a horse (not a real one of course)? They have the Denver Broncos, they have the blue Mustang at DIA, they're cowboy country (maybe not as much as WY, but still). I think a bronco-dropping could become quite popular. ;D :laugh:
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Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 03, 2014, 01:46:18 pm
Oh, I'm sorry, I totally misinterpreted your ???

No worries.  :)

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What could they drop in Denver? Hmm, maybe a horse (not a real one of course)? They have the Denver Broncos, they have the blue Mustang at DIA, they're cowboy country (maybe not as much as WY, but still). I think a bronco-dropping could become quite popular. ;D :laugh:

What about that Denver boot, whatever that is?

Or maybe Denver just doesn't have anything uniquely Denver to drop?  ???
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Post by: Front-Ranger on January 03, 2014, 02:23:52 pm

Or maybe Denver just doesn't have anything uniquely Denver to drop?  ???

Au contraire! Going back to the beer stein, our former mayor and current governor started the first brewpub in the United States way back when and Denver was the crucible of the microbrewing industry, not to mention the home of the renowned Coors beer, which people used to smuggle across state lines.

We also have more days of sunshine than Florida, although the sun is too big to drop, and more high mountains than Switzerland, although a mountain is too big to drop. I guess Denver is just too big to have anything small enough to drop!!

Maybe we could drop a ham, a green pepper, and some eggs and call it a Denver omelet.  8)
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Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 03, 2014, 02:55:33 pm
Maybe we could drop a ham, a green pepper, and some eggs and call it a Denver omelet.  8)

That's a good idea! I love Denver omelets!  :D
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Post by: Front-Ranger on January 24, 2014, 11:33:27 pm
Celeste posted this on facebook.  I thought it was terrific. 

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcVJBLV2Ryw[/youtube]

Listening to this to get ready for the Burns birthday celebration tomorrow!
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Post by: CellarDweller on December 29, 2014, 03:26:14 pm
I will be going to my friends' house, Tina and Bill are hosting, and they've asked me to make some strombolis to eat.

:)
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Post by: Front-Ranger on December 29, 2014, 05:06:03 pm
Celeste posted this on facebook.  I thought it was terrific. 

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcVJBLV2Ryw[/youtube]

This was the "tattooed Scottish" man I was looking for. Turns out Daniel Cartier's American, not Scottish. I don't know where I got the idea he was Scottish. He's from New Hampshire and has spent a lot of time in NYC. My goodness, he has had an up-and-down life so far, no wonder he sings so soulfully. http://jamesgavin.com/page4/page52/page52.html (http://jamesgavin.com/page4/page52/page52.html)
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Post by: Penthesilea on December 30, 2014, 04:23:57 am
The kids have two cousins coming over today and staying into the new year. On the other side two of my kids (well, daughter and her BF) will be going out, partying, on New Year's Eve. So this leaves us with the regular number of kids, only different line-up, lol.

We're going to stay at home with self-made pizza and board games. :)
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Post by: CellarDweller on December 30, 2014, 10:08:31 am
Self made pizza sounds like fun!

I'll be close to that with my strombolis.
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Post by: Penthesilea on December 31, 2014, 05:37:40 am
Self made pizza sounds like fun!

I'll be close to that with my strombolis.


Yep, Stromboli is pizza in a different form. I looked for recipes and pictures to get a better idea and it's pretty much the same as Calzone. Maybe I'll try this tonight with my part of dough. If so, I'll think of you and take pictures.

And we have new plans for the afternoon. We'll go bowling, if the bowling alley is open today. 8)
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Post by: CellarDweller on December 31, 2014, 09:28:09 am
(http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/414705main_image_1555_946-710.jpg)
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Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 31, 2014, 11:19:08 am
Is anybody watching Dinner for One (I think that's what it's called?)? Isn't that a tradition for some folks?

I'm having lasagna for supper. Then I'll listen to old records of the Vienna Philharmonic, and then clean up and dress up and go out and try not to get too drunk because I don't want to wake up sick tomorrow morning.
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Post by: Sophia on December 31, 2014, 11:32:53 am
It is the same procedur last year. My aunt and uncle arrange for a three dinner course for mum and me. This year the main course will be potato gratin with fillet of beef.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sophia on December 31, 2014, 11:44:20 am
Happy New Year to the people in the east.

Happy New Year to the people in the west.

To the rest I say..

Let's take the sleigh

And Go visit their New Year's Day.

Happy New Year Everyone Near and Dear.

See you in 2015

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Post by: CellarDweller on December 31, 2014, 11:47:07 am
:)  sweet!
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Post by: Front-Ranger on December 31, 2014, 04:39:06 pm
Happy 2015 to you, Sophia, and to all the rest of the true blue Brokies who are already celebrating in the East!
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Post by: Penthesilea on December 31, 2014, 06:07:25 pm
... Brokies who are already celebrating in the East!

Almost there, almost. 53 minutes to go!
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Post by: tampatalon on December 31, 2014, 07:21:41 pm
I am here in the State of Confusion (Florida) just watching the news as it comes in as anti-marriage groups are trying last ditch efforts to stop marriage. They are trying to stop it by telling the clerk of courts that they will be arrested for issuing licenses. Well get ready the equality train is coming down the tracks! An Orlando-Metro area judge today clarified the confusion for that area and said its legal to issue the licenses there and Miami-Dade is doing it on Monday unless Federal Judge Hinkle rules again his perfectly clear order. And here is the biggie they all seem to forget even if they could stop all the clerks in all the Florida counties. Yes Virginia, there still would be marriage equality in Florida because all of us that were married in other states or legal jurisdictions are recognized January 6th anyhow :)

TT
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Post by: Penthesilea on December 31, 2014, 07:49:03 pm
Oh my, Florida! :-\
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Post by: Penthesilea on December 31, 2014, 07:54:33 pm
We made it to the other side! :D
I'm already in 2015, looking around .... no one here yet. Where are you all? ;)

Kelda only has a few minutes to go while you 'muricans are lagging far behind. ;)

Same procedure as every year: Greetings not from Germany, but from the future ;D
Happy New Year, Brokies! :-* :-* :-*
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Post by: Front-Ranger on December 31, 2014, 08:04:42 pm
I'm doing my best to bridge the gap! Watching fireworks (http://icelandnaturally.com/) real-time in Reykjavik, enjoying appetizers and drinking a Fog Cutter!
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Post by: brian on December 31, 2014, 09:15:36 pm
We made it to the other side! :D
I'm already in 2015, looking around .... no one here yet. Where are you all? ;)

Kelda only has a few minutes to go while you 'muricans are lagging far behind. ;)

Same procedure as every year: Greetings not from Germany, but from the future ;D
Happy New Year, Brokies! :-* :-* :-*
Sorry, made it over 14 hours ago  ;D
Actually I went to bed at 9.30pm, woke about 2.30am then properly at 6.30am.
Happy New Year
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Post by: CellarDweller on January 01, 2015, 01:59:58 pm
Last night was fun.  :)  Good food, good drinks, good friends.
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Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 01, 2015, 03:43:18 pm
Well, I had a nice way to celebrate New Year's Day.

When I was out last night, I ran into a young acquaintance who's a church organist, though not my church's organist. Michael told me he was going to be playing the famous Wanamaker Organ in our Macy's (which was originally John Wanamaker's flagship department store) at noon and 5:30 p.m. today. So I made myself up to the store by noon. I stood by the great bronze eagle in the center court of the store, where I could look up and see Michael at the six-manual console of the organ.

It was funny. Before he started to play, he looked down right at me, so I waved, and all I got in return was a blank, uncomprehending stare.  :laugh:  Then later, when he was between pieces, he happened to look down again. He saw me, so I waved again, and this time in return I got the head-jerk of recognition.  :laugh:  In fairness, he's accustomed to seeing me in a cowboy hat, and I wasn't wearing my cowboy hat this afternoon.

Anyway, the pieces Michael played included Bach's Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland and the chorale tune Schmuecke Dich. It was nice to hear such good Lutheran music played on that enormous pipe organ.
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Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2015, 04:47:28 pm
Sounds heavenly!
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Post by: CellarDweller on January 01, 2015, 06:51:17 pm
It was funny. Before he started to play, he looked down right at me, so I waved, and all I got in return was a blank, uncomprehending stare.  :laugh:  Then later, when he was between pieces, he happened to look down again. He saw me, so I waved again, and this time in return I got the head-jerk of recognition.  :laugh:  In fairness, he's accustomed to seeing me in a cowboy hat, and I wasn't wearing my cowboy hat this afternoon.

:laugh:   It's funny how we can associate a piece of clothing with someone, so it's hard to recognize someone without it.
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Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 01, 2015, 07:27:58 pm
:laugh:   It's funny how we can associate a piece of clothing with someone, so it's hard to recognize someone without it.

Yeah.

Well, Michael and I know each other from Saturday nights at the bar. When I go out on a Saturday night I always dress in my "Western casual," as I call it. Until today he's actually never seen me without my cowboy hat.  ;D I probably wouldn't have recognized me, either!  :laugh:
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Post by: Meryl on January 03, 2015, 07:04:11 pm
Happy New Year, buds!  Glad you all had a festive holiday. :-*

John Gallagher and I spent New Year's Eve Eve having dinner and seeing Lypsinka's fabulous "Boxed Set" in the East Village.  On NYE I helped sell tickets for a beautiful performance of the Rachmaninoff Vespers at Trinity Church on Wall Street.  Afterwards I went home and had a drink at a neighbor's party between doing 2 loads of laundry.  New Year's Day, a friend from Michigan, who's a fellow Lord of the Rings fan, flew in and we had lunch with another old LOTR groupie.  The next morning we joined yet another Ringer and saw the Hobbit movie in IMAX 3D and followed it with a four hour lunch at La Boite en Bois.  Last night at my place we watched the extra features of the first two Hobbit DVDs at my place and had a sleepover.  Now they've all gone home and I'm relaxing in a clean apartment and catching up on emails and TV.  It snowed this afternoon, so it seems to finally be winter!  8)
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Post by: Front-Ranger on January 03, 2015, 08:49:01 pm
Wow, that was quite a fun-sounding few days you had, Meryl! Thanks for sharing it with us! I'm so glad you're close with our friend John. Give him a hug for me!
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Post by: Meryl on January 03, 2015, 09:11:19 pm
Wow, that was quite a fun-sounding few days you had, Meryl! Thanks for sharing it with us! I'm so glad you're close with our friend John. Give him a hug for me!

Sure enough, Lee! :)
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Post by: Sophia on January 04, 2015, 04:42:03 pm
Meryl, sounds like a fabulous time. So what did you and your LOTR friends think about the movie?
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Post by: CellarDweller on January 05, 2015, 04:02:57 pm
looks like we all had great times on NYE!
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Post by: Sophia on January 05, 2015, 04:37:20 pm
looks like we all had great times on NYE!

Your lovely comment, Chuck. Made me think of another great time. Our Brokie gatherings in NY. Meeting up for Breakfast in Central Park. Dinner in Harlem. West village Lunch at Cowgirl. Our walks on The High Line. Your first time at Five leaves. You know hanging around and talking.
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Post by: Meryl on January 06, 2015, 12:11:43 am
Meryl, sounds like a fabulous time. So what did you and your LOTR friends think about the movie?

We thought it was pretty good overall.  The fights go on for too long, but there are some nice moments.  Now if someone would just edit down the three movies into one 3-1/2 hour movie, it would be the greatest!  ;)
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Post by: Sophia on January 06, 2015, 01:40:20 pm
We thought it was pretty good overall.  The fights go on for too long, but there are some nice moments.  Now if someone would just edit down the three movies into one 3-1/2 hour movie, it would be the greatest!  ;)

Haha... Have heard that they are planning to do the opposite. Add another 3-1/2 hour. So I 'm guessing your next get together might be a bit longer.  :)
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Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 10, 2015, 01:17:29 pm
Nice that New Year's Eve is a Thursday. That gives three days to recover before going back to work on Monday!  :laugh:

I'm already thinking I will make myself a nice dinner of steak and pasta, and then smarten up and go out and get drunk.  ;D
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Post by: CellarDweller on December 10, 2015, 01:19:22 pm
Good for you!   I haven't made any plans yet.
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Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2015, 12:02:41 am
Bumping this for Lee.

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcVJBLV2Ryw[/youtube]
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on December 31, 2015, 09:17:54 am
I'm hoping to leave work today at 2:00, if customers comply.  LOL

Once home, time to start cooking pepperoni bread/stromboli, whichever name you chose, and shower and shave befoe heading out to the home of one of my friends on the bowling league for a house party.

;D
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Post by: Front-Ranger on December 31, 2015, 11:02:53 am
Thank you Paul! I always like to believe that Daniel Cartier is walking and singing that on the shores of the North Sea in Scotland, but I know he's really in New Jersey.  :P
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Post by: Berit on December 31, 2015, 11:05:25 am
I'm at work at my friendly emergency psychiatric ward  :o It's the first night of three. I recon it will be a good night whatever happens. Esbjörn and Hanna celebrate at home with fireworks, Gustav is at his university and probably celebrate with his computor. Our five cats will spend the night with the paws in the ears.... :laugh:

I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Post by: CellarDweller on December 31, 2015, 11:12:01 am
Happy New Year back to you Berit!

I'm glad I got to see  you this year, and to meet Esbjörn.
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Post by: Sophia on December 31, 2015, 11:44:23 am
I'm celebrating with shaking bum and singing with Abba.  :)

Does your mother know.


[youtube=425,350]http://youtu.be/qefnmCJI8IM[/youtube]

Happy New Year!!
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Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 31, 2015, 12:17:40 pm
Isn't it at New Year's that some of you folks watch that movie? What's it called? Dinner for One?
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2015, 12:39:18 pm
Thank you Paul! I always like to believe that Daniel Cartier is walking and singing that on the shores of the North Sea in Scotland, but I know he's really in New Jersey.  :P

You're welcome.  BTW, how did you discover that the video was shot in NJ?
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Post by: Front-Ranger on December 31, 2015, 01:31:38 pm
On his blog he talked about the process of shooting the video.
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Post by: Penthesilea on January 01, 2016, 05:02:21 am
Isn't it at New Year's that some of you folks watch that movie? What's it called? Dinner for One?


Yes, it's Dinner for One. It's mandatory in Germany ;). Of course I watched it last night, how could I not? :laugh:
And I learned Sweden has the same tradition!

[youtube=425,350]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-37hCaatyLs[/youtube]
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on January 01, 2016, 10:56:07 am
On his blog he talked about the process of shooting the video.

Thanks, I'll have to take a look.
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Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 01, 2016, 12:55:24 pm

Yes, it's Dinner for One. It's mandatory in Germany ;). Of course I watched it last night, how could I not? :laugh:
And I learned Sweden has the same tradition!


Last night our Turner Classic Movies channel showed a marathon of the Thin Man movies from the 1930s. Great series of films starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as crime-sleuthing husband and wife Nick and Nora Charles--solving murders on the one hand while cracking wise and drinking cocktails on the other.  ;D  I watched just the first film in the series, The Thin Man, and then I went out and got drunk as usual.  ;D

Tonight I have a dilemma. Our Public Broadcasting Station is showing the Vienna Philharmonic New Year's concert--as it always does--but this year it overlaps TCM's showing of the great Western The Magnificent Seven.  :(  ???
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Post by: Front-Ranger on January 02, 2016, 02:08:19 pm
On New Year's Eve, I celebrated during the day. On New Year's Day, I celebrated in the evening. Hiking buddy and I got together to eat holiday leftovers (shepherd's pie, cranberry relish, pumpkin pie, beans) and watch the episode of Sherlock that we've been waiting two years to see. He brought his guitar and we sang The Galaxy Song by Eric Idle. We also watched Stephen Hawking singing The Galaxy Song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfcC6FYyL4U).
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Post by: Sason on January 02, 2016, 04:31:28 pm

Yes, it's Dinner for One. It's mandatory in Germany ;). Of course I watched it last night, how could I not? :laugh:
And I learned Sweden has the same tradition!

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-37hCaatyLs[/youtube]

Yup, and Denmark too!
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Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 02, 2016, 05:16:37 pm
On New Year's Eve, I celebrated during the day. On New Year's Day, I celebrated in the evening. Hiking buddy and I got together to eat holiday leftovers (shepherd's pie, cranberry relish, pumpkin pie, beans) and watch the episode of Sherlock that we've been waiting two years to see. He brought his guitar and we sang The Galaxy Song by Eric Idle. We also watched Stephen Hawking singing The Galaxy Song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfcC6FYyL4U).

I probably should have watched that Sherlock just because it was a period piece, but instead I allowed myself to get wrapped up in what amounted to a marathon of watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind followed immediately by The Magnificent Seven.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on January 04, 2016, 10:23:53 am
I had a good time at the NYE party, but left on the earlier side.  With an hour-ride home, and police everywhere, I didn't want to be too late.

I saw three people get pulled over on my way home, thankfully I got back to the apartment without incident.
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Post by: Shuggy on January 08, 2016, 06:01:43 pm
I've long had this belief that as I liveth my New Year's Eve, so goeth my coming year, or maybe more like "Begin as you mean to go on." 

I hope not. Went to bed early and slept through New Year.
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Post by: Front-Ranger on January 09, 2016, 11:04:04 am
I hope not. Went to bed early and slept through New Year.

What's wrong with that?! I wish you a happy new year with many well-slept nights!!
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Post by: CellarDweller on January 09, 2016, 09:20:33 pm
A new year of feeling well rested might be a good thing!
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Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 31, 2016, 02:22:28 pm
This New Year's Eve? Apparently not a damn thing.  :(
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 31, 2016, 03:04:38 pm
You've still got plenty of time to plan to do something!! Me, I'm planning to spend the evening in reflecting on all the events of the year and figuring out a strategy for keeping my sanity in the coming months, which I see as being a roller coaster of a ride! Hope I can stay on for the full eight seconds months (I can't see the administration lasting much longer than that, and I'll be surprised if it does!)
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Post by: brian on December 31, 2016, 04:37:23 pm
I went to bed about 9.15pm and read for a while. The movie on was "King Kong"  ??? and "The Bucket List"
Earlier on another station they were showing "A Knight's Tale" which I thought about but decided to watch "New Tricks" instead.
I really do not like watching movies on TV. The adverts drive me mad.
I got up at 7am this morning. It is now after 9.30am so Happy New Year. One thing in which NZ will always be first.  ;D
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Post by: Sophia on December 31, 2016, 05:23:35 pm
I went to bed about 9.15pm and read for a while. The movie on was "King Kong"  ??? and "The Bucket List"
Earlier on another station they were showing "A Knight's Tale" which I thought about but decided to watch "New Tricks" instead.
I really do not like watching movies on TV. The adverts drive me mad.
I got up at 7am this morning. It is now after 9.30am so Happy New Year. One thing in which NZ will always be first.  ;D

Happy New Year B!
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Post by: Sophia on December 31, 2016, 05:33:58 pm
Happy New Year dear Brokies!  :-*
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sophia on December 31, 2016, 05:35:23 pm
Happy New Year Brokies!  :-*
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2016, 07:04:51 pm
Bumping this for Lee.

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcVJBLV2Ryw[/youtube]

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 31, 2016, 07:24:10 pm
Interesting. Our local 6 p.m. fireworks display (broadcast on our local NBC affiliate) was accompanied by movie themes: E.T., Gone With the Wind, Star Wars. Other music may also have been movie themes, but if so they were unfamiliar to me.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 31, 2016, 08:00:42 pm
Bumping this for Lee.

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcVJBLV2Ryw[/youtube]


Thank you, friend. I'll definitely give this a listen when the time comes, and I think things will get kind of melty and moisty. Believe it or not, I'm actually working a couple of hours tonight, but the work is great. I have to come up with a good original recipe for an Asian chicken appetizer for the Year of the Chicken, which starts January 28.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on December 31, 2016, 09:38:13 pm
Thank you, friend. I'll definitely give this a listen when the time comes, and I think things will get kind of melty and moisty. Believe it or not, I'm actually working a couple of hours tonight, but the work is great. I have to come up with a good original recipe for an Asian chicken appetizer for the Year of the Chicken, which starts January 28.

You bet, Lee.  I had thought you introduced this to me, but it was our dear friend Celeste who originally posted it on facebook and I reposted it.  Somehow, I always think of you when I hear this.  Must be because of Robbie B.!
Happy year of the chicken, in advance!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on December 31, 2016, 11:52:53 pm
I have no idea why, but I took it into my head to watch Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and so I just did.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 01, 2017, 11:25:01 am
I have no idea why, but I took it into my head to watch Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and so I just did.

Actually, staying at home by myself New Year's Eve wasn't that bad. I just wish I could have fixed myself a nicer dinner than chicken noodle soup, white bread, and applesauce.  :-\  :laugh:

After I finished the movie, I decided to go on line to see if I could learn anything new about David Jacobs. He's a now-retired history professor at Temple University who actually did his own doctoral dissertation on the controversy in the U.S. over UFOs. Jacobs has concluded that the aliens are actually conducting a deliberate program of interbreeding to create a population of human-alien hybrids with an ultimate goal of taking over the earth.  8)

He's also come to conclude that people who have Autism Spectrum Disorder are human-alien hybrids that didn't turn out right. I'd like to see him say that to the face of parents of a child with severe Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on January 01, 2017, 01:06:09 pm
He's also come to conclude that people who have Autism Spectrum Disorder are human-alien hybrids that didn't turn out right. I'd like to see him say that to the face of parents of a child with severe Autism Spectrum Disorder.

At the very least, they'd be pretty puzzled if they're the kid's biological parents. At what point do the alien genes get, er, inserted?

And if the aliens are that advanced, wouldn't it be easier to just create realistic AI beings? Easier to control, too -- using bots, the aliens wouldn't have to worry about the unpredictable and potentially counterproductive behavior of the human side. Even Mr. Spock occasionally fell under the influence of his half-human heritage.

How did a guy like that get to be a professor at Temple University? You'd think he'd be out roaming the streets and shouting out to no one in particular.


Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 01, 2017, 02:01:13 pm
How did a guy like that get to be a professor at Temple University? You'd think he'd be out roaming the streets and shouting out to no one in particular.

Search me. His field was actually contemporary U.S. history. The Wikipedia article on him says where he got his PhD, but I don't remember. I do remember it saying that his dissertation on the UFO controversy was adapted into a book, and the book sold out. That's kind of rare for a dissertation adapted into a book. It could also be that Temple was taking anyone it could get when he got his job.  ::)

Might be that today's techniques of genetic testing could disprove his theory of alien-human hybridization. I didn't think of that last night.

The late Budd Hopkins's books--which are highly entertaining, in my opinion--talk a lot about alien-human babies.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on January 11, 2017, 03:33:52 pm
No matter how bad our NYE was, it wasn' t worse then Mariah Carey's.

:laugh:
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Wojtek on December 27, 2017, 10:05:50 pm
Have you ever spent New Year’s Eve in the mountains?

Currently heading for the Austrian Alps, more precisely Carinthia, down on the border with Italy. My family and I set out on a short skiing getaway.

It’s a marvelous location. We’re staying at a hotel adjacent to the ski slope. It’s extremely convenient, as you step out of the building and hop into your skis right away. We used to visit that particular place every year for a couple winters, and stay up there through New Year’s Eve. Back then we would bring our friends along from Poland, and other families came through from Germany, Austria and France, so there was always enough people (those I’d already known and those just met) to throw a decent party. (Granted, the drinking age in Austria is 16.)

Nowadays, however, interest in family vacation has dropped off sharply among people of my age (myself included). For this reason, I decided to stay home during the Christmas break last year, when my family left for Austria. I didn’t regret my decision, as I went to a great party with my friends, but this time around I thought it’d be the only chance to practice my snowboarding, and, after all, NYE is just a party like any other. Plus, I get to unwind, stray from the mundane and grueling path of constant studying and mock exams, become suspended above ordinary affairs, right ;)?

What about you? Do you ski/snowboard? If so, where do you usually go?

(I like to think that Jack and Ennis did once spend NYE with each other. That would be so nice. I doubt Ennis would ever gather up the courage to meet up with Jack at Christmas, let alone the fact that he arguably wouldn’t miss the opportunity to spend the holidays with his girls.)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Corax on December 28, 2017, 03:36:53 am
We didn't make final plans yet. Maybe we'll go skiing, if the weather is fine and if there is at least a bit of snow. There are some places in Bavaria and Austria, where there are NYE Après-Ski parties and great fireworks. I think I'll have to look for a place for us to stay there - tonight at the latest.
Most of my friends prefer sitting together the whole evening eating Fondue or Raclette while waiting for midnight. I always found that a bit boring after a bit, because everyone was just killing time.
I'd like to go on vacation for NYE some time, maybe to NY, Prague or London. But that's really really expensive.

Wojtek, am I right  that you are a student at university (you wrote about exams and studying)? So if you like Austria, you should try Innsbruck for NYE. It's a lovely city, where there are big parties, many young people are having fun. And you are right - drinking age is 16, but only for beer and such. You aren't allowed to drink hard liquor.  ;D
The "Bergsilvester" there is really great.



Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Wojtek on December 28, 2017, 12:55:11 pm
Wojtek, am I right  that you are a student at university

I'm actually in my "senior" year in high school, and the exams I'm referring to are the final exams summing up your secondary education. (When you apply for university, whether you get in or not is based upon the results of these exams.)

The "Bergsilvester" there is really great.

Thanks for the recommendation! I must check it out someday, I googled it and it truly looks spectacular. Not this time, though, as we're most likely going to stick with Kärnten.

I'd like to go on vacation for NYE some time, maybe to NY, Prague or London. But that's really really expensive.

I agree. Also, I'm afraid such a vacation needs to be carefully planned out. Luckily I've got friends in both NYC and London, but I doubt either would see fit to get crammed into a vast crowd gathered in the city center. In the future, though, I'd love to visit some amazing city for NYE, maybe Hong Kong or Sydney. (I know it's rather far-fetched, but am I not permitted to dream? haha.)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on December 28, 2017, 07:20:02 pm
I'll be at my friends' house for a party, I'll be making some stromboli, and some  of the mini-hot dogs in puff pastry.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 28, 2017, 09:34:36 pm
I'll probably stay home NYE, but, come New Year's night, January 1, I want to get away from the light pollution of the city so I can enjoy the first Supermoon of the new year! I might go up north and visit our friend Offline Chuck Destry.

Envious of the people in Austria! In 2014, EDelMar and I were traveling by back roads into Austria from the south, and we found an old Nazi gatehouse. Creepy!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on December 29, 2017, 10:23:19 am
I'll be at my friends' house for a party, I'll be making some stromboli, and some  of the mini-hot dogs in puff pastry.

I'll probably stay home NYE,

 :laugh: :laugh:

I just finished posted something in Cellar Scribblings, quoting a sentence of Chuck's that was almost like the one above and adding an answer that started like Lee's reply. For a second there, I was confused -- am I back on the page I just left??

 :laugh:



Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: southendmd on December 29, 2017, 10:32:58 am
I'll have a relaxing week at the Cape.

For New Year's Eve, Ptown has fireworks over the harbor.  I'll venture down to the beach to watch, even if it is 2 degrees.

On Saturday, there's a concert by Well Strung (http://well-strung.com/) at Town Hall. 

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on December 29, 2017, 11:04:38 am
:laugh: :laugh:

I just finished posted something in Cellar Scribblings, quoting a sentence of Chuck's that was almost like the one above and adding an answer that started like Lee's reply. For a second there, I was confused -- am I back on the page I just left??

 :laugh:


Deja vu!  :laugh:
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on December 29, 2017, 11:05:09 am
For New Year's Eve, Ptown has fireworks over the harbor.  I'll venture down to the beach to watch, even if it is 2 degrees.

bundle up!!!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Corax on December 29, 2017, 12:18:57 pm
Envious of the people in Austria! In 2014, EDelMar and I were traveling by back roads into Austria from the south, and we found an old Nazi gatehouse. Creepy!

Oh I'm impressed you went to Austria! Far away from your country!
You can find a lot of Nazi stuff in Austria and Bavaria, if you are well-versed in history and keep your eyes open a bit. Really creepy!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: brian on December 29, 2017, 01:56:31 pm
Oh I'm impressed you went to Austria! Far away from your country!
You can find a lot of Nazi stuff in Austria and Bavaria, if you are well-versed in history and keep your eyes open a bit. Really creepy!
You seem to be hung up on distance. These days people travel all over the world, the flights are a bit tedious and expensive but much cheaper than when I was young. Because I speak some basic German and French I often help tourists visiting our city at the bottom of the world.
Last Sunday there were two girls, probably in their early 20's, at our church service and they were standing alone at coffee afterwards. Someone said they were from Germany so I went over and talked with them but their English was much better than my German. They came from the Northern Germany and were working as au pair girls in our city. Of course we discussed how they were experiencing Christmas in mid-summer.
However I do realise that Australians and Kiwis (New Zealanders) are some of the biggest travellers in the world but I have generally thought that Germans are big travellers as well. I overhear a lot more people speaking German than French.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Corax on December 29, 2017, 02:13:49 pm

However I do realise that Australians and Kiwis (New Zealanders) are some of the biggest travellers in the world but I have generally thought that Germans are big travellers as well. I overhear a lot more people speaking German than French.

You are right, Germans like to travel. Most of them just travel to Italy, Spain and France or to other German cities, though and they usually don't like to go very far.
Maybe we are not so experienced in travelling to far-away destinations, because Europe is very diverse. There are so many interesting cities and different landscapes - and you don't have to go very far to see totally diffent places and to hear/speak different languages  ;D
I speak German English, Italian, French (a bit) and Spanish (also just a bit), because I went there when I was a student (my highschool offered exchange programs every year).

However I learned that young Germans love to travel through Australia as backpackers. My niece went to there as well, when she finished university in 2015.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on December 29, 2017, 05:41:37 pm
I'm going to a friend for new years eve. It's been a tradition for many years. Not a party per se, just a couple of her friends and a quiet celebration.

This year I have a catsitter. Last year, I had to bring my kitties to my friend. But because her daughter is allergic, the kitties were only allowed in the room where I slept.
So I had to go and check on them regularly during the evening.

And of course, in the middle of the night when everyone was asleep and I went to the loo, one of the kitties managed to escape the room when I returned from the loo. I had to chase her very quitely in the dark because people were asleep, in and out of every room with an open door. When I finally managed to catch her and went back to my room ------ the other kittie escaped when i opened the door!

So, as to avoid the same mistake again, I had to keep one kittie under one arm while I chased the other kittie in and out of every room, quietly in the dark.... ::) And when I finally got hold of her, I almost couldn't lift her up because I only had one arm to use. Somehow I managed, and with my arms full of lively kitties, I went back to the room and closed the door very thoroughly!


Let's just say I'm very glad I got a catsitter this year.....   ::) ::)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 29, 2017, 08:08:32 pm
 :laugh: :laugh: What a story! I can just imagine your escapades!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on December 30, 2017, 04:37:41 am
 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Great story, Sonja! I can totally see you chasing around the house with one cat under your arm. :laugh:
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Penthesilea on December 30, 2017, 04:46:53 am
This year one of my daughters throws a party. Not too big, around 12 persons coming. But when you add the six of us plus a friend of my other daughter, it's suddenly almost twenty people. And I plan to invite our newlyweds (my friend Kerstin plus husband).
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on December 30, 2017, 05:42:06 pm
:laugh:

Sonja, that story was too funny!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on December 30, 2017, 08:32:56 pm
I'm glad y'all like the story of my NYE adventures last year!

It's funnier now than it was when it happened!  ;D
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on December 31, 2017, 12:02:22 pm
It's funnier now than it was when it happened!  ;D

I think that's how a lot of stories are.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: brian on December 31, 2017, 03:37:07 pm
Well Happy New Year 2018.
It is now 8.30am here. I went to bed before 10pm. I watched a BeeGees tribute with John Travolta the mc and Barry Gibbs there. Then began watching Mamma Mia but decided to turn off after half an hour. Like the songs obviously but had seen it in the theatre and not that impressed. I like Meryl Streep but do not think that was one of her best. Yesterday (NYE) I went and saw "The man who invented Christmas". It was ok but I was a bit disappointed, I am a great fan of Dickens novels. Then had lunch at a garden centre. It is often crowded but I managed to get a table. Possibly because it was raining. Fortunately they report the rain stopped by 8pm so there were crowds in our city centre for the fireworks. I prefer to see them in mid-winter festival when they are at 6.30pm. I missed them this year because I was in Fairbanks, Alaska (mid-summer there of course).  Today it is fine so after I do all my accounts (both NZ and Australia) i will get into the garden.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on December 31, 2017, 08:50:58 pm
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Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on December 31, 2017, 09:20:53 pm
Pretty exciting night. I tried to find one of my cat's toys so she could play with it as a special treat (she has several mouse-shaped ones, some filled with catnip). But I couldn't find any, so I tossed out an empty toilet paper roll, which she loved. She also played with the window blind cords and sharpened her claws for the umpteenth time on a cardboard box. We're tuckered out and it's still 5.5 hours until midnight! I think I'll go take a little nap.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 01, 2018, 11:53:13 am
So I just read this: Instead of Cathy Griffin, Andy Cohen co-hosted New Year's Eve on TV last night with Anderson Cooper?

Two gay men. ...

Imagine that. ...
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on January 01, 2018, 01:00:52 pm
I had lengthy phone conversations with my son in Chicago, and with an old friend. Then I ate takeout broccolini-pancetta risotto, sipped some cava and watched Broadcast News.

If a time traveler from 2017 went back 30 years and watched that movie (it came out in 1987) they would be perplexed, to say the least. So many elements would never be in a movie today!

-- Handsome William Hurt goes after frumpy Holly Hunter because he thinks she's smart and professionally talented.

-- William Hurt's first solo news report is an expose about date rape (!). It is played like a major feature story, including a long interview with a victim, as if revealing for the first time that such a thing exists. The women in the newsroom watch the TV report with surprise, as if they didn't know it existed, either. Wiliam Hurt's career gets a big boost from the accomplishment.

-- The other reason the date-rape story is significant is because at one point the camera turns to William Hurt who, as he listens to the crying victim, is shedding a tiny tear which, even in 1987, I thought was gross and stupid and nobody would do that. But even Holly Hunter, admitting it's a little over the top, grudgingly allows that it works.

-- William Hurt relentlessly pursues Holly Hunter romantically, but always charmingly, never in a way that's pushy or out of bounds. He doesn't text her a photo of his penis.

-- That tear [SPOILER ALERT if you've never seen this 30-year-old movie but want to someday, you might want to skip the next one] leads Holly Hunter to break up with William Hurt in the airport, just as they were about to leave for a romantic tropical getaway. The reason she does that is that she has discovered the tear was faked (she watches the footage from the interview and sees William stop in the middle to summon a tear). So yeah, that is a definite news no-no.

But what is the visitor from 2017 to make of a world where the worst example of fake news they can come up with is a man falsely shedding a tear while doing a story about date rape!

And I can't even think of a movie where the lead actress is frumpy and not especially beautiful and that's not the whole point of the movie (how will she ever get a man??) but gets involved in a romantic relationship anyway.

I mean, Frances McDormand is frumpy and not-beautiful in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo, which I saw earlier in the week, but there's no romance involved.




Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2018, 02:28:39 pm
And I can't even think of a movie where the lead actress is frumpy and not especially beautiful and that's not the whole point of the movie (how will she ever get a man??) but gets involved in a romantic relationship anyway.

I mean, Frances McDormand is frumpy and not-beautiful in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Mo, which I saw earlier in the week, but there's no romance involved.

I beg to differ. I think this is one of the most enduring story archetypes. What springs to mind: "My Brilliant Career". Judy Davis, Sam Neill. And, "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day", with Frances McDormand and Ciarán Hinds (pictured).
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2018, 02:30:19 pm
"Little Women" Wynona Ryder, Christian Bale.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2018, 02:56:39 pm
Pretty much the entire Jane Austen oeuvre, but the one that leaps to mind is "Sense and Sensibility" with Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2018, 03:02:05 pm
Continuing on the Hugh Grant theme, "Bridget Jones' Diary" with Renée Zellweger and himself.

. . . and a big chunk of the Hugh Grant oeuvre, including "Love, Actually", where. as Prime Minister, he fell for Martine McCutcheon, "the chubby one" on his staff.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2018, 03:03:11 pm
And, coming around full circle, "Impromptu" with Judy Davis as George Sand, and Hugh Grant as Chopin.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on January 01, 2018, 05:10:38 pm
Well, that's a good point. And those are good examples. I notice almost all are either products of the past or were set in the past. But it could still work today.

(BTW Wynona Ryder, as Jo, did not wind up with Christian Bale's Laurie -- he married pretty Amy. Just read something about this a couple of days ago. Apparently Louisa May Alcott -- who, when I toured her home, I pretty strongly suspected was gay, and certainly a proto-feminist -- was averse to marrying off everyone as it was, but her publisher forced her.)

I'm trying to picture how Broadcast News would look today. OK, I can see Rachel McAdams, or maybe Ann Hathaway, playing the Holly Hunter role, and maybe Zac Ephron, or maybe one of the Hemsworths, as William Hurt. It could work!

But the fake news would have to be way more shocking than the shedding of a tiny insincere tear. Rachel McAdams would end the relationship after discovering that Zac Ephron planted a story about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizzeria.

 :laugh:

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on January 01, 2018, 05:19:48 pm
Happy New Year everyone!

The party last night was fun.  Lots of laughs and conversation,  good food and drink, champagne toast at midnight, and then out to the porch to bang pots and pans.  I got home about 2:00am.

:)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2018, 05:57:19 pm

(BTW Wynona Ryder, as Jo, did not wind up with Christian Bale's Laurie -- he married pretty Amy.
 :laugh:

Only after Jo turned down his proposal! I think Laurie married Amy out of spite and as a boomerang relationship.

BTW, I thought you were talking about Amy Adams, who was in "Miss Pettigrew ~". Isn't Rachel McAdams pretty much interchangeable with Amy Adams? I've seen them in at least three films each, and still can't keep them apart!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on January 01, 2018, 09:31:30 pm
Only after Jo turned down his proposal! I think Laurie married Amy out of spite and as a boomerang relationship.

Oh, that could be.

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BTW, I thought you were talking about Amy Adams, who was in "Miss Pettigrew ~". Isn't Rachel McAdams pretty much interchangeable with Amy Adams? I've seen them in at least three films each, and still can't keep them apart!

Aside from their names, I don't see much similarity between them. They don't look alike. Plus, the first thing I saw Amy Adams in was Enchanted, which was enchanting, and I can't imagine Rachel McAdams in that role.

Amy Adams looks like Isla Fisher and Jessica Chastain, because all three have long red hair.




Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2018, 10:01:19 pm
I've seen Amy in roles with brown, red and blonde hair. Ditto Rachel.

Thanks for giving me something interesting and movie-oriented to do today! It's been an interesting holiday, as most New Year's Days are!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on January 02, 2018, 11:19:33 am
I've seen Amy in roles with brown, red and blonde hair. Ditto Rachel.

Well, most actresses do change their hair color from time to time. But according to google, Rachel hasn't spent a lot of time with red hair (I saw a photo of her with red but can't remember seeing her in a movie with it). Whereas, according to People, Amy Adams credits red hair with boosting her career. Her natural hair color is strawberry blonde, but once she went darker red she started getting more and better roles. So she's usually red.

Isla Fisher and Jessica Chastain are natural redheads.

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Thanks for giving me something interesting and movie-oriented to do today! It's been an interesting holiday, as most New Year's Days are!

What did you do besides this? I kind of hate NYD. The excitement of the holiday season is over, and the next day it's back to the old grind and the worst weather of the year. January is like Monday on steroids.


Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 02, 2018, 01:51:14 pm
January is like Monday on steroids.

 :laugh: You are doubtlessly right, friend! I l like New Year's Day because it is quiet with no presents or feasting obligations. A lot of my friends/family are busy watching football or the Rose Bowl. I do neither. I have some rituals I like to do. The Scottish tradition is to clean house, pay debts, apologize to those you've wronged and generally pave the way for a clean start to the New Year. I try to get outside and enjoy nature. You might have seen the photo of the Wolf Moon rising that I posted elsewhere. I went to a small wildlife refuge near home that I've always wanted to visit. Most refuges near me are in lowlands, river valleys, etc. but this one was on some uplands and bluffs. It made for some great views.

The weather was in the 20s but felt colder because of high humidity. With gloves, hat, a scarf and a fleece jacket, I was not cold, but when I came back to my car, my face was stinging and I was very glad to get back to my cozy cottage and start a fire, having some hot cocoa. I was home by 6 pm, that's  another great thing about winter, long nights. After making a dinner of some leftover sweet potatoes and lamb, I read in my biography of George Washington, packed up a few Christmas ornaments, listened to some good music and petted my cat. It was heavenly!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on January 02, 2018, 06:21:15 pm
January is like Monday on steroids.


:laugh:
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 03, 2018, 12:10:40 pm
I'm trying to picture how Broadcast News would look today. OK, I can see Rachel McAdams, or maybe Ann Hathaway, playing the Holly Hunter role, and maybe Zac Ephron, or maybe one of the Hemsworths, as William Hurt. It could work!

But the fake news would have to be way more shocking than the shedding of a tiny insincere tear. Rachel McAdams would end the relationship after discovering that Zac Ephron planted a story about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizzeria.

With Hunter coming up for an Oscar nomination for her role in "The Big Sick" this year, there are a lot of comparisons to "Broadcast News" where she received her first Oscar nomination.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 06, 2018, 05:53:11 pm
Here's Holly Hunter today, and William Hurt today.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on January 07, 2018, 03:55:04 pm
As is so often the case, he appears to have aged more than she has. Appears being the key word.

Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on January 08, 2018, 07:35:46 pm
you are right about that!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Front-Ranger on January 01, 2019, 04:30:51 am
My New Year's eve came together in an impromptu way. Friend Edelmar and I talked about getting together at his place but he had to work until mid-afternoon which meant that he didn't have time to plan or shop for dinner. While I, on the other hand, had absent-mindedly put together a pot roast just because I like to cook on snowy days. So, he volunteered to pick me and my pot roast up and transport us to his home and back again so I wouldn't have to drive among the snow and crazies on NYE. Then, we decided on a lark to go way down to SE Denver to pick up his roommate, who takes public transit to and from work, which takes 1.5 hours in good weather.

The 3 of us had a cozy evening with a wood burning fireplace and The Time Machine on the Blu-Ray projector. The icing on the cake was that, when he brought me back to my house, we encountered my renter who had been giving me a lot of trouble for the past two days, who was  very conciliatory and appreciative. Although I like to think I could have handled the situation by myself, it was so reassuring to have my friend standing beside me and supporting me!!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on January 01, 2019, 06:15:53 pm
Great news, Lee!  Sounds like a good way to bring in the new year!!!
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Post by: CellarDweller on January 01, 2019, 07:00:52 pm

(https://m.hindustantimes.com/rf/image_size_960x540/HT/p2/2018/12/28/Pictures/_79f0be00-0a91-11e9-af2d-a06eafd7db38.JPG)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on January 01, 2020, 01:22:43 pm
Any Brokies still around here who still watch "Dinner for One" at New Years?
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 01, 2020, 01:58:08 pm
Yes, me and my friend did last night!  ;D Funny as ever!
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: CellarDweller on January 01, 2020, 05:58:36 pm
I don't think I've ever seen it.
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 01, 2020, 07:05:03 pm
I don't think I've ever seen it.

It's a must!


(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmgjTEwSx4c)
Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: serious crayons on January 02, 2020, 09:39:32 am
I don't think I've ever seen it.

I've never seen it, barely heard of it and didn't know it was a Brokie custom!


Title: Re: What Are You Doing for New Year's Eve?
Post by: Sason on January 02, 2020, 07:58:44 pm
It's not a Brokie custom. For some strange and unknown reason it's a tradition to watch it on New Years eve in Scandinavia and Germany, maybe in other European countries as well.

Nobody knows why, and the skit isn't even about new years, it's about a birthday.

But it's a funny one, well worth watching.

I posted it above.