We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I was just informed by my social secretary that "we" had accepted a black tie cocktail party, and then later a late-night black tie dinner event with music and dancing, for tonight. I had been happy to imagine that we had no plans.
Glad I had my dress-up uniform cleaned. The rules which apply to me generally seem to be "Suit up and show up" - and shut up.
I hate New Year's Eve and I will never watch that idiotic Times Square thing, but I am a curmudgeon. Of course, I was there for that once in youth, and once was enough.
I will not have a drop of ETOH, and I do not like champagne, but I greatly enjoy the stimulating and amusing people we'll be seeing. I will ask our readers to be careful out there today. We need all of the live readers we can get, so drive defensively because there are lots of amateur drinkers out there.
Tomorrow, I am told, leg of lamb for family. I got Prosecca and a very nice Mt. Etna Rosso. Life goes on, God willing.
Best curmudgeonly wishes to all for a happy, healthy, grateful, and prosperous 2015.
Mrs. feeblemind has determined that we are braving the deep freeze here in Nebraska to go out for dinner. We may have to attend a gathering after that but I hope not. I prefer a quiet evening at home to going out anytime.
I am a semi-pro musician who stays at home on New Year's Eve unless I have a gig. Why? Because, as many musicians do, I refer to NYE as "amateur night." Many of those who will go out tonight have no idea how to order a drink, request a song, and, especially, how to tip.
If you're going out tonight I hope you remember that those who are serving and entertaining you are working for minimum wage or less. You probably won't miss the few dollars you tip but they will very much notice and appreciate them!
Mrs. Mudbug and I wish you, your family, and all Maggie's Farmers a wonderful New Year!
We'll be meeting a couple from church at our favorite restaurant again. It's our yearly tradition to have a New Year's dinner there with friends. Thankfully the weather here isn't as frigid as elsewhere.
And from all of us in the back hills of the Sierra-Nevada's, "thank you" to BD and all who have contributed to this refuge for sanity in an increasingly insane world. Your efforts are both noted and deeply appreciated.
As a MOT, I want to offer a special thanks to Bruce Kessler for his contributions, notably for the repost of the piece on Chanukah and mostly sincerely for the explanation of Amidah. I've known Rabbis who could not do as well.
Finally, a special "Thank you" to Dr. Bliss. Your insights and viewpoints have restored my trust in what is possible when knowledge, skill and competancy are brought to the table
(Also a healthy sense of humor...there's that too).
So, to each one and all, contributors and readers alike, I wish a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.