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Title: NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 12:52:09 AM
Well, you've read the notes, you've waxed nostalgic with the notes, and now it is time for you to post until the cows come home - they'll be watching their balls drop and might be home sometime in 2006.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 12:53:19 AM
And the word of the day is: EXCELSIOR!

Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 12:53:54 AM
Welcome eight GUESTS!  1:00 in the morning and we've got us eight GUESTS.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: DearReaderLaura on December 31, 2005, 03:57:57 AM
Good morning, fellow Dear Readers. Whew! It took me a long time to catch up on 12 pages of posts from yesterday.

I was out all day yesterday on a birdwalk at the river. While there, we came across a plain brown dog that has obviously recently had pups and had been abandoned at the river. We went back to the nearest convenience store and got two cans of food, which she devoured, and a small bag of dry food that we left on the ground. I feel quite sad, but I'm just not in a position to bring a stray dog home. She seemed a nice gal. We didn't find the pups.

The good news is that I got my camera back last night. It is recharging, and I'll be able to take photos of our Soup Party tonight. I have really missed my camera.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 05:57:48 AM
Excelsior!

Well, sweet little Rhoda Penmark (nee Denker) knows ALL about excelsior!  And so, unfortunately, does LeRoy Jessup!!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 06:06:00 AM
Hmmm....like DR DtM, I have found this to be a year of mixed blessings.

High points would be choreographing PIPPIN, directing I'LL BE BACK BEFORE MIDNIGHT,  starting to work at my sister's store, meeting DRGINNY & DHRICHARD & DRJOSE at a wonderful show MAMMA MIA!, meeting GINNY, RICHARD, & ROB a few weeks ago and DRs RODZINSKI & TPUNK last night (along with their friend Matthew).  Working on the website for PCP and starting my own Frances Farmer Blog Spot.

Lowlights would be MY THREE ANGELS and some personal disagreements with fellow Board Members at the Putnam County Playhouse....different year, same complaints....no answers or COOPERATION from the same %$#*ing people.

I am sure there are other highs and lows - but they will be written down elsewhere!  Can you say bitch book?

Thanks be to the WWW and the HHW and Mr BK and all the wonderful members of the HHW family who make me feel connected to the world of show business (which has always been a dream, but not a goal, of mine) and a particular shout out to my peeps:
JMK, MBARNUM, MATTH (for the Lucy pics), DRJOSE for the MAMMA MIA! presents, and CILLALIZ for some particularly useful information right when I needed it.

Thank you, Bruce Kimmel, for providing us with MUCH entertainment and with this thriving and informative and uniting forum. :)
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: elmore3003 on December 31, 2005, 06:10:59 AM
Good morning, all!  I, too, will be happy to see the  end of 2005, and I'm both curious and happy to see what havoc and possible joy 2006 will drag in.

LOWS:
  Derek's death
  Lys Symonette's death
  Louis Aborn's death
  Paula Lawrence's death
  6 months of fair-to-middling health
  financial crisis
  DARLING OF THE DAY
  Losing WHERE'S CHARLEY? at Goodspeed
  VAN HELSING (or was that the low of 2004?)

HIGHS
  Two (2) HHW gatherings!
  A wonderful collection of amazing friends
  BABES IN TOYLAND and my editorial crew
  The Chicago Humanities Festival
  Addressing the theatre and music students at Miami U
  Fantastic holidays with FJL and Skip
  A pleasant experience with the NYCGMC holiday concert
  Surviving

Happy New Year, One and All!
 
 
 
 
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 06:11:22 AM
Anyone who is suddenly a Meena Kumari fan after last night, can read all about her penultimate film here:'

http://www.upperstall.com/films/pakeezah.html (http://www.upperstall.com/films/pakeezah.html)

It is a sad, sad story - but a lovely film  :'(
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 06:12:32 AM
And DR ELMORE, of course!  And DR TOMovOZ and DRCP (friend of June Wilkinson & Harlan Ellison), and DR FRANCOIS.

And all you lovely people out there in the dark!  Oh heck, just click on the members list!  LOL  :)
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Michael on December 31, 2005, 06:19:46 AM
FJL said yesterday

Since 1031 is a very important section of the Internal Revenue Code, I will consider myself as having just passed a milestone as well.    

All I can say was that must of hurt like hell.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 06:31:02 AM
Good Morning!

-Hmm... I had actually started to type "Good Afternoon", but then realized it wasn't the afternoon.  Maybe I was channeling DR FranÁois.

;)

In any case...

Good Morning.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Michael on December 31, 2005, 06:33:13 AM
Low Point
Findung out why I have been packing on all the weight was due to pre-diabetes.

High Point
Since finding out out and as of this morning having lost 40lbs

Low Point
Trying to revamp www.brucekimmel.com (http://www.brucekimmel.com) and totally f**king it up.

High Points
Creatuing www.larrymooremusic.com (http://www.larrymooremusic.com) for DR Elmoore

Low Point
Mothering going in for a knee replacement and finding out she had a heart problem.

High Point
They gave her a pacemaker and now she is fine and dandy and in rehab for the new knee.

Low Point
The passing of friends and aquaintences.

High Point
The continued friendship of others.

Low Point
The continued presidency of Bush and the war.

High Point
The end is near for both (I hope I don't get a wiretap because of this)

Low Point
Some long posting members leaving HHW

High Point
New members joining

Low Point
4 Broadway Divas on Broadway turning out to be 2 Broadway Divas and One Understudy On Off-Broadway.

High Point
Souvenir with the wonderful Judy Kaye, Avenue Q, Alter Boyz, Jewish Thighs On Broadway

Resolution for next year:
Continuing to loose more weight so I can post a new avitar that everyone will say WOW!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 06:36:43 AM
Oh, DR CILLALIZ - KING KONG is fun and would be a good movie to see.

Most disappointing, as I have written numerous times:  the musical score.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 06:38:34 AM
Congratulations on 40 lbs DRMATTHEW!!  That is great.  Vibes for reaching your goal! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Cillaliz on December 31, 2005, 06:58:05 AM
Good morning all.  I must run. I have to meet some friends at the Local Foods Market. They do have best breakfasts on Saturday mornings.  I will see Paul, of course, and my friend Linda - who is still living on one of the cruise ships in New Orleans, but is in town as her mother is having surgery.

Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: FJL on December 31, 2005, 07:10:35 AM
Low points of 2005:  the suicide of a co-worker and the sudden death of the wife of one of my bosses

High points of 2005:  being lucky enough to be in a position to help some people out when they were in need; and also starting to embrace the concept that no one person is in the existential sense more important or impressive than anyone else (that is, that I'm in the long run no more important than anyone else, but for that matter, also no less important than anyone else)
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 07:15:23 AM
As for the LowLights of 2005...

As DR Dan (the Man) mentioned last night, this past year has been filled with too many tragic and sobering world events.  Let us all hope and pray that 2006 will be filled with happiness and calm around the world.

Personally, I know I had a few lowlights, but, frankly, I think I've made my peace with them and/or just let them go.  And, right now, at this time of the morning, when my brain and body is still waking up, I can't think of anything.  So, I guess nothing was really that bad.

As for the HighLights...

Jewish Thighs on Broadway - Thank you, Penny for that wonderful gift - whose seed was planted back in late 2004.  That whole time in NYC was just magical for me - including the big HHW get-together at Angus McIndoe.  -And it solidified my decision to finally make the move to NYC a few months later.

Mamma Mia! - Here I go again... and again... and again... :-)  What a great crew of people.  I've been subbing in and out on Tour 2 for the past four years.  A week here, a week there.  It was great getting asked to join them for an extended period of time this time round - almost four months straight.  And since some of the cast, orchestra and crew members have been with the tour since Day 1, it was nice getting to spend more time with those road warriors.  And it was MM! that brought me to Indianapolis where I finally got to meet Jack and Joey, and re-meet Ginny and her husband, Richard.

Dangerous Beauty at New York Stage & Film at Vassar - This was one of a couple of "emergency" gigs for me this year - "Hey, Jose, can you get up here tomorrow?" - and it was an amazing week of work, creativity and making connections.  -And sitting around the lake on the Fourth of July listening to Amanda McBroom, Michelle Brourman and Laurel Massť sing "America, the Beautiful" - very much impromptu - is a most special memory.  I actually felt patriotic, American.

Williamstown Theatre Festival, Triangle - Another, "Can you get here tomorrow?" gigs.  And another amazing experience.  Curtis Moore, Tom Mizer, Joshua Scher (remember the stir his pics caused on this here site? ;)), Carlos Armesto - an amazing bunch of guys and great collaborators who welcomed me with open arms and open minds.  And just finally getting up to Williamstown - a true dream come true (one of many this past year).  -And a special Thank You to Tom and Antonia for making the trek up to see my show - and for driving me back to The City - and for stopping for chocolate, Mexican food and Target on the way back in.  ;)

The Grass Harp rehearsals with the ASO - All that talent in one rehearsal hall!  Including our very own DR elmore.  Thank you, Larry, for letting me be a fly on the wall - and on the ready with a pencil and erasers.

Damn Yankees at Arena Stage - I'm still in the middle of the run, but it's been a great way to wrap up 2005.  Another great group of people from top to bottom.  -And in a way, it's also sort of a bittersweet time for me too, since I can just sense that this will be my last show at Arena for while - for personal, artistic and logistical reasons.  This is my sixth production at Arena since getting my start back with them in 1997(!) with Sunday In The Park With George.  Arena has truly become an artistic home for me.  But it's time to Move On...

The Move To New York City - I finally did it!  -Yes, I'm in a "temporary exile" down here in DC right now, but I know I'll be back sooner than later.  There's just way too many things to talk about concerning the move, but a big part of it has been meeting new people and getting to know a bunch of people a lot better - including many DRs:  Jason, Larry, Tom, Antonia, Ben, Ant, Skip, Fred... A true bunch of swell swells.

And then there was the veritable HHW Convention back in October - otherwise known as the Food and Walking Tour 2005, New York City Edition.  Jane, Michael, Ginny, Priscilla, Danise, Jason, Antonia, Debbie, Victoria, Bruce, Woody, William, Skip, Fred, Larry, Tom, Ben... I hope I'm not forgetting anyone.  And even though he may come across a little rough around the edges - and self-admittedly so - it was DR DerBrucer who suggested that we raise a glass to Derek at the end-of-day meal at La Cocina - a truly lovely gesture.  And a perfect way to help end that most wonderful of days.  -Are everyone's feet and legs recovered yet?

...and with my "return" to New York City coming up, coupled with my Broadway pit debut with Lestat... 2006 is already "so far, so good".

:)
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 07:25:37 AM
And a "continued" Thank You, to BK for keeping this here site on the web going.  Bruce, you're a strange fellow - and I don't think I'd get any disagreement from anyone, including yourself, about that - but you've managed to bring together people from all around the globe.  In fact, I don't think a "normal" person would be able to pull off the same feat.  -And please, please know that I mean that as a very high compliment.  You've had a very busy year, and yet you've managed to keep the Notes and Posts going each day, sometimes leaving some DRs - myself included - in the cyber-dust.  We may not get to read and post everyday, but you're always there... Here. Thanks for continuing to make HainesHisWay a true Home on the World Wide Web for all of us.  -And for keeping the Welcome Mat down and the front door unlocked.

:)
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 07:27:41 AM
Well, I had hoped to start my final workout of 2006 about an hour ago, but I got distracted... But in a good way...  ;)

Laters...
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: elmore3003 on December 31, 2005, 07:29:52 AM

The Grass Harp rehearsals with the ASO - All that talent in one rehearsal hall!  Including our very own DR elmore.  Thank you, Larry, for letting me be a fly on the wall - and on the ready with a pencil and erasers.


DR Jose, wake up!  It was THE GOLDEN APPLE, which I forgot to mention as one of the Highs this past year, along with my trip to the LoC with Tom Murray and you.

Get your butt back to New York, I have no one to kick around!!! ;D
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: elmore3003 on December 31, 2005, 07:36:46 AM
And a "continued" Thank You, to BK for keeping this here site on the web going.  Bruce, you're a strange fellow - and I don't think I'd get any disagreement from anyone, including yourself, about that - but you've managed to bring together people from all around the globe.  In fact, I don't think a "normal" person would be able to pull off the same feat.  -And please, please know that I mean that as a very high compliment.  You've had a very busy year, and yet you've managed to keep the Notes and Posts going each day, sometimes leaving some DRs - myself included - in the cyber-dust.  We may not get to read and post everyday, but you're always there... Here. Thanks for continuing to make HainesHisWay a true Home on the World Wide Web for all of us.  -And for keeping the Welcome Mat down and the front door unlocked.

:)
                       
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Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Ginny on December 31, 2005, 07:55:45 AM
New Year's Eve greetings!  Another 3-day weekend, and a more relaxed one than last.  Today, I'm making chili in the crockpot to take to my mother's.  We'll pick up my mom and her sister for a late afternoon showing of The Producers, then go back to Mom's for  our chili supper.  Everyone will be snug at home well before midnight.

TOD:  My lowest point of 2005 was the very sudden death of a beloved co-worker, who I still expect to come around my corner in our office and greet me in his own special way.  News of losses of others, especially Derek and a couple of my mom's friends in Michigan, too.  Year's end finds us very concerned with the condition of DH Richard's mother, who is still in the hospital (which is actually the best place for her).  Please continue your vibes and prayers.

High points of 2005 include the HHW gatherings large and small in NYC and Indianapolis.  The special role this here site has played in my life has been to rekindle my interest in theatre, especially musicals, which I had let lanquish.  Of course, the flourishing of our son at the University of Cincinnati and approaching the quarter-century mark with DH Richard are tops on my list.  
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: MBarnum on December 31, 2005, 08:04:32 AM
Wow, highlights of 2005...

My first, and hopefully not last, trip to the Big Apple and having the opportunity to reconnect with DR Jane and meet in the flesh DRs Cillaliz, Vixmom (and the Vixter), Der Brucer, S. Woody, Ben (and his ever loving Anthony), Danise, William Orr, Jason, and FLJ (and his ever loving Skip and puppies), not to mention my personal escort during my stay DR Jose and my hosts with the mosts DR Elmore (who has the most comfortable fire escape in all of New York) and DRs Rodzinski and TPunk...I adore you all and am proud to consider you all friends!

The fun, fun, fun (that is three funs) Portland HHW get together where I was able to meet up with not only our HHW host BK (who is one funny guy!) but also those crazy DRs from the north Ann, Jed, and TCB, and to see once again DR JMK and his everloving Betsy.

My trip to Los Angeles in July where I spent 3 days visiting and partying with Ms. Laurie Mitchell, star of QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE and ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE and her niece Laurie and the rest of Ms. Mitchell's family who treated me as part of their family!! Not to mention meeting up with BK and finally meeting DR Charles Pogue who isn't nearly as gruff and grumpy as he tries to come across! He is a swell guy as is their buddy Nick Redman.

My continued friendship with DR JRand55 who is responsible for my being at HHW and who I can always count on to share my interest in B-movie stars and movies!

The wonderful musical CDs sent to me by DR Tomovoz from Australia and my friend Dave in Seattle.

...some wonderful and long awaited movies (for me) released on dvd (King Kong, The Flesh Eaters, Cat People/Curse of the Cat People, King Kong Escapes, Adam-12, and others).

The continued good health of my family and friends and pets! And getting to spend time with all the above!



Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: MBarnum on December 31, 2005, 08:08:03 AM
Low lights:

The death of my interviewees and good friends Cal Bolder and Carolyn Kearney...I miss both of them very much.

The death of my interviewee Keith Andes. We didn't become good friends like I did with the other two above, but he would e-mail me now and then and he was such an interesting guy.

The death of one of our own...DR Derek. Such a nice guy whose posts I always enjoyed and whose smiling face was a joy to see.

Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 08:25:01 AM
As the monkey said when he got his tail caught in the fan:

It won't be long now.  ;D
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 08:27:56 AM
Off to work....back for the HHW New Year's Eve BlowOut - and the TCM Sci Fi Spectacular!

Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Quatermass Experiment, The Thing From Another World, The Blob, It Came From Outer Space, Village of the Damned!

Wooohooooo!!!

And of course there is also the SciFi Channel's Twilight Zone marathon!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 08:29:01 AM
Good morning!

We missed the rain their forecast for this morning, but the overcast of clouds continues. Still, the day is pleasant for December, and I'm not complaining. Don't know whether I will get a walk in today or not, but there's always the treadmill if not.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 08:30:56 AM
Wonderful summataion, DR Jose, of the uniqueness of HHW and thanks for host BK for welcoming us into his cyber home. How wonderful is has been and is to know such a varied and fascinating assortment of people and personalities. No place like it on the internet.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 08:32:41 AM
I have two unfinished DVDs to get to first off today: the rest of the CSI: NY episode I started last night and the last half of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO started yesterday afternoon.

After that, the sky's the limit!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Ginny on December 31, 2005, 08:40:27 AM
DR JRand - your visit last night from DR's Rodzinski and TPunk may have the distinction of being the first surprise HHW gathering!  Sounds like fun!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 08:40:58 AM
Basically I had a good year. Among the personal highlights:

1. Playing the role of Georges in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, one of those dream roles that I did achieve. I still have a few left on my list, but playing this, despite an up and down production, was a highlight of my years on stage.

2. Having one of my closest friends Jeff move back to Charlotte after a year in Virginia.

3. Buying the perfect widescreen TV for my home theater and working to get it calibrated just to my liking.

4. The new car I got in June.

Low points:

1. Losing the role of Fagin in OLIVER! to an actor who could barely carry a tune, used no British accent of any kind, and did nothing with the role in performance. Found out later he was pre-cast, and the director had not told me thus sparing me the effort of auditioning.

2. Having dear friends Rodney and Darin move 50 miles out of the city making drop-bys to swap DVDs next to impossible.

3. Dealing with an Ebay seller who ships late, feigns the post office is at fault, and lies through his teeth.

4, Enduring the year-long construction of the condomenium complex across the street from the side of my house. I noticed a couple of folks have moved in, so it's near completion, but it's been arduous dealing with myriad trucks blocking driveways, the street, etc. not to mention the noise and dust for over a year.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 08:44:21 AM
Page Two Lucy and Ethel Shiver Dance!!!


Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Charles Pogue on December 31, 2005, 08:54:17 AM
Low Point:  Being in an automobile accident in January (not our fault) that totalled our trusty Buick and had health repercussions for The lovely Wife, who required considerable physical therapy.

High Point:  Buying our new Toyota.  It was nice to have a new car.

Low Point:  The middling mish-mash my mini-series, HERCULES, turned out to be.  It had been a much-admired script and was sunk by bad direction and a disastrous decision to turn a four-hour piece into a three hour one.

Low Point:  Finding out our back deck needed about ten thousand dollars worth of work.  This led to another...

Low Point: The expense of the deck and new car precluded a trip to London this year.  Both of us are already having London withdrawal.

High Point:  Teaching at the Shakespeare Insitute this summer in Lexington.  Both of us had a ball working with the young kids and it started the ball rolling toward our biggest...

High Point: realizing that we could cash out, relocate, and be financially secure the rest of our lives.  This started the house-hunting process.

High Point:  All the many meals, Ray Court Shows, Kimmel Events, and many, many laughs with BK.  Which, of course, led to another...

Low Point...realizing that the move would make these many good times more infrequent.  BK will be missed sorely...as will all our many, many good friends in California which led to an odd...

High Point/Low Point...saying goodbye to a house one had lived in for sixteen years and had many a fine party and good times in and bidding farewell to good friends and little touchstone places one took for granted.  But at the same time looking forward to new adventures and new times and renewing bonds and connections with dear old friends in the new locale.  Also realizing how much we were liked, loved, and how highly we were thought of by those we were leaving and those we were coming to.  

The Wizard was right: "A heart is not judged by how much you love, but how much you are loved by others."  We were deeply gratified and touched to find out the impact we had, how much our lives touched others, and how much we'll be missed and welcomed.  It was always suspected, but to have confirmed the wealth of friendship that surrounds us with such an overwhelming flow of affection and love was, and still is, very emotional.  One feels that they have at least done one thing right...and had a unique gift for friendship.

High Point:  Not having to deal with the stress, traffic, and industry-obsession of LA anymore.  Not having to hustle for jobs I never had any interest in doing anyway.  I've always said, "True power in Hollywood is not needing it  before it no longer needs you."  What a wonderful position to be in.  I think that one of the saddest things in Hollywood (and you see it a lot at the Ray Court shows) is people still clinging desperately to their brief fling with glory, hanging around, shouting: "Hey, know who I used to be!"  The healthiest thing one can do is know when their run is over, move on with some degree of style and class (Remember Cary Grant's elegant retirement), leave them wanting more, and not linger like a bad fart.  I still am..not a used to be...and find that looking ahead at what I yet want to accomplish rather than what I've done infinitely more exciting and passionate.  

High Point:  The new house.  Pretty much a dream house for us!  We love the neighbourhood, all the space, and the adaptibility of the house to personalize it the way we want.  We're looking to many bright, productive years ahead here!

Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 09:00:00 AM
Off to start prepping lunch now and enjoying the remainders of those two videos mentioned earlier.

WBBL.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 09:01:37 AM
If these aren't the best posts on all the Internet I'll eat my hat.

Does anyone still wear a hat?

Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: S. Woody White on December 31, 2005, 09:04:33 AM
High point: getting back to work, at a job that I genuinely enjoy.

High point: the NYC Food Walking Tour, and everyone involved.

Low point: Losing Derek.

Low point/high points: losing Bruno (one of Peggy's three pups) but finding homes for Baxter and Benedick (the other two pups).

Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: S. Woody White on December 31, 2005, 09:05:17 AM
I wore a hat on Christmas Eve.  Not really my shade of red, but it worked.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: elmore3003 on December 31, 2005, 09:17:00 AM
If these aren't the best posts on all the Internet I'll eat my hat.

Does anyone still wear a hat?



I do!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: JMK on December 31, 2005, 09:19:30 AM
Highlight:  our trip to Yellowstone, Tetons & SLC with the kids.

Lowlight:  finding out my cholesterol was back in the stratosphere.

MS, I can not believe you didn't mention creating the sacred holiday of Chunkah as one of your highlights.   ;)
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jane on December 31, 2005, 09:19:37 AM
Before going out with Keith to access the damage to our property and the road I asked Keith to close the site.  He closed everything, including all my comments from last nightís posts I didnít respond to yet.  Of course I canít remember everything I intended to respond-short version (sorry Bruce, only one post vs multiple):

JRand, Rodsinski and TPunk-how fun. :D

Cillaliz, go see KING KONG, just try to go to a comfortable theater.

MBarnum I might have lasted long enough to discover Bollywoodís views on Jewís but Keith couldnít. ;D

FranÁois thank you for the story on the dog that rescued cats.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Ginny on December 31, 2005, 09:21:30 AM
Off to visit my mother-in-law in the hospital.  Bye for now.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jane on December 31, 2005, 09:22:30 AM
Michael S. congratulations on loosing 40 pounds.

Continued vibes to DR Ginnyís mother in-law.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: S. Woody White on December 31, 2005, 09:37:58 AM
So, what are everyone's plans for tonight?

For myself, I'll be getting off work at 9:30 or so, after the store closes.  Then der B and I will have a nice steak dinner (baked tater with the works and broccoli on the side), and probably just putz until sleep kicks in.  I guess if I wanted to, I could stay up and partay, but I probably won't.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 09:56:55 AM
Good Afternoon!

-Well, since I have matinee in just over an hour, and I'm still not showered...  So...

DR elmore - DOH!!  The Golden Apple!!!  DOH!!!!

I'm still not sure what my plans are for tonight.  I think one of the cast mates is having a partay, but I'm not sure.  I may also opt for a quiet evening at home after the show.  We shall see...

But just in case....

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Till 2006...

Laters....
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 09:57:28 AM
DR Jane - Let's hope the post office keeps it's pledge regarding the weather conditions...

;)
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 31, 2005, 10:34:03 AM
Well, I had hoped to start my final workout of 2006 about an hour ago, but I got distracted... But in a good way...  ;)

Laters...

I'm assuming you mean final workout of 2005....I can't imagine you're giving up before you even begin  ;)
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 31, 2005, 11:11:03 AM
Wow. The posts today are so touching and moving.  I agree whole heartedly about BK and this site.  

One of my big high points this year was getting to meet some of the wondeful people who post here, both in New York and Portland.  Meeting Jane, Keith, JMK, Betsy, and George in Portland let me know that my intuition was right and that the people here are truly good and creative people.  It also sealed my decision to go to New York in October.   That trip was fantastic and because of this site, we were all instant family.  Let's see if I can name everyone, Danise, Ginny, Jane, Ben, Larry, Jose, Michael, Deb and the Vixter, Woody and Der Brucer, Fred and Skip, Jason, Tom and Antonia, William Orr...if I missed anyone, I'm sorry.  It really meant a lot to me to meet you all in person. I am very much looking forward to any 2006 HHW gatherings I can attend.

Another highlight was renewing my friendship with Rupert.  It had been 28 years since we last saw each other and over 10 since we had any correspondence.  He was a friend to me back then and has become an even better friend now. He was also the person who told me about Bruce and that led me to this site and all of you, so thanks Rupe.

On the lowlight side, my brother's house fire that led to a lot of tension and problems until they were able to rebuild.  It was the toughest for them, but the waves went through the family, so it's nice that's over.

Lowlight - last Dec-Jan when Callie was believed to be on her last leg by the vets treating her.  

Highlight - she fully recovered and now with her brother has gotten so spoiled that if I leave for any length of time, they decorate the living room with socks.  ok, so now I leave them where they can find them, but it really is too funny to come home and see the socks...I just went to breakfast this morning and came home to 10 socks strewn throughout the livingroom.

Highlight - Realizing that I am happy living in Sioux City and finding my dream home....getting it and moving in etc will have to be on next years list.

Lowlight - having to tell my neighbor I'm moving. It took me 2 1/2 weeks to get up the nerve to tell her and I'm only moving a mile away!

I really didn't have too many low lights - there are people who died and problems that came up at home and at work, but without these things happening, I don't think I'd appreciate the happy times and the good people who are still very much alive and in my life.

For me, 2005 was a lot about finding more balance in my life, putting music and creativity back into my life, getting back in touch with old friends, and making new friends.   Overall, 2005 was good for me and I'm hoping for an even better 2006.
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 31, 2005, 11:48:29 AM
Happy New Year everyone. It is nearly 7.00am on January 1st here.

I did not like most of 2005.  2006 WILL be better.

My computer needs a serious overhaul and is having lots of problems.  I may be missing from cyberspace for a few weeks.  I shall certainly be truant for the period January 10 until January 18 approx as shall be
 away from computer access.

My highlight of 2005 was finding myself to be still alive.
Saying goodbye to me dear friend Derek was the lowest.  HHW has helped me cope with so much over this past year.
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Post by: TPunk on December 31, 2005, 01:03:52 PM
New Years Eve greetings.  We are back from our overnight trip to Indianapolis.

It was delightful to meet JRand, and unexpected.  Our friend Matthew called the store and we were told that he would not be working until today.  After jaunting around the city for a few hours, we decided it would be fun to drop off a little something to surprise him when he came into work the next day.  And then there he was!  It was great to meet him in person.
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Post by: TPunk on December 31, 2005, 01:04:28 PM
Happy new year Tomovoz- hope this year is better for you.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 01:07:58 PM
Good afternoon!

Fairly warm out for December (59 degrees to be exact), but the gray clouds have not left us all day long.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 01:10:48 PM
I did finish DOCTOR ZHIVAGO this afternoon. This is one LONG movie. So long, in fact, that I had forgotten some major plot events during the many years since I had seen it last (on laserdisc).

The quality of the disc continued to astonish. Amazing how good a movie made 40+ years ago can look. The image is as sharp as anything coming out now on DVD apart from those which have been filmed digitally. Truly, I didn't see a blemish, scratch, or spot of an kind on this transfer.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 01:13:43 PM
I also finished the CSI: NY episode I started last night.

I also watched another one, this one dealing with a sleep walker found leaning over the body of a just stabbed woman. A really interesting episode. A second case dealt with a man killed by a head trauma but also with his face half burned off. This involved something the show said there were several of in NYC: pizza parlors serving as fronts for sports betting. Who knew?
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on December 31, 2005, 01:13:44 PM
So, what are everyone's plans for tonight?


We are going to a Soup Party. I am taking beef barley vegetable soup, cheesy potato soup, and a pumpkin cake.

We will probably celebrate until the wee hour of 9 p.m., at which time we'll come home and probably go to bed.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 01:15:58 PM
I have no plans to "leave the building" tonight. I may make myself a hot toddie or some hot chocolate to christen the new year, but really have no desire to be around a crowd of noisy, inebriated people braving the cold waiting for midnight. Even when I had a partner, I always preferred to stay home on New Year's Eve.
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Post by: TPunk on December 31, 2005, 01:17:38 PM
On the TOD:

Highlight: Joining this site and the wonderful friendships and get togethers that have followed.

Lowlight/Highlight: The anxiety and questioning I experienced while over the decision to leave my job and pursue my education full time- and the support and encouragement I received from my friends and loved ones while making the decision.

Lowlight: Leaving Disney on such bad terms with my boss.  I'm still upset over how she screwed me over and I kind of wish that I had stood up for myself and made some noise.

Highlight: The fact that my internship is such a great fit, I love what I'm doing and am 100% confident that I made the right choice and am on the right path.  I have found my calling.

Lowlight: The mother f*&%$*^% transit strike!

Highlight: Adopting Walty!

Lowlight: My estranged father's poor health- putting me in a position where I have to decide whether to open myself back up to him and a harmful relationship I had put in the past.

Highlight: My 27th birthday.  I received an outpouring of gifts, good wishes and cheer from so many friends and co-workers.  It was such a special day, and a great reminder of how surrounded by love I am.  It makes me look forward to my 28th birthday in a few weeks!

There were a number of losses and tragedies which caused me to feel quite sad, but also helped me to have greater appreciation for what I have.  All in all, a pretty good year and I'm looking forward to the next.  
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: elmore3003 on December 31, 2005, 01:20:02 PM
So, what are everyone's plans for tonight?


Dinner with five friends in an hour and then we're seeing the new Judi Dench-Bob Hoskins film.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 01:24:36 PM
I have SERENITY cued up in the DVD player to watch tonight. I really enjoyed the FIREFLY TV series it was an offshoot of, so I'm looking forward to this movie. I did not see it in the theater.
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 31, 2005, 01:28:45 PM
DR TPunk, when do you and Rodzinski return?  We have to see TRANSAMERICA.

I just returned from purchasing a new CD player.  I was going to buy a new DVD player as well, but none of the major electronic stores on the upper West Side betwee 68th and 87th Street had any in stock!  Damn!  There went a 2005 tax write-off.  If that damned Frangoulis money had come through in the past four weeks, I wouldn't be bitching about it.  I'd be bitching about something else.

I wanted to wish all the DRs who seem to have found lives away from the site a happy 2006, namely DRs Jay, Stuart, Noel, Panni, Joey, Swishy Sarah, Maya, Hisaka, Lulu, Iris, Bevan, and how many others?  I wish them all well and hope to see them again at HHW!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 01:32:09 PM
Hey!  We're havin' a partay here.  Off the butt cheeks and let's do the Lambada (The Forbidden Dance).

Yes, as Jose posted, I suppose I am as strange as anyone - I have my little idiosynchrasies and I'm happy to have them.  In fact, I thrive on them.  When I opened this jernt back in November of 2001 I had no idea what it would become.  It has, in fact, become one of the finest websites on all the Internet, and that is because of our dear readers and the kind of interesting, different folks who think of this as their home away from home.  
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 01:32:56 PM
And one for Mahler.
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Post by: Tomovoz on December 31, 2005, 01:37:15 PM
Happy new year Tomovoz- hope this year is better for you.
Thank you.. I get to meet you guys in September.  It can't be all bad!! :)
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Post by: DearReaderLaura on December 31, 2005, 02:01:39 PM
Page Three Dance!
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Post by: George on December 31, 2005, 02:02:39 PM
And with that, DearReaderLaura has posted her 1501st post! ;D
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 02:12:07 PM
Good Afternoon!

Well, I decided to head home between shows today, just because...  Actually, I can take a leisurely two hours.  Very nice.

And I believe I just heard the "ding" of the microwave... Supper's ready!
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Post by: George on December 31, 2005, 02:12:37 PM
So, what are everyone's plans for tonight?

Tonight, my sister (Diane), her boyfriend (Larry), my niece (Hilary), my parents (George and Rosemarie) and I are all going to Anthony's HomePort Olympia (http://www.anthonys.com/restaurants/info/olympia.html) for dinner.  It's become our New Year's Eve tradition.  Our reservations are for 7:15 p.m., but we're out of there long before midnight, so we'll all be home, safe and sound.  I have to get to Larry's house by 7:00 to drive his car because his back is hurting...and since I'm the only one who doesn't drink, I'm the designated driver. ;D

I was planning on going back to the house that I'm house-sitting (the house with no computer) right after dinner, but I think I'll come back here to HHW for a while, if not until midnight...we'll see.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 02:12:56 PM
DOH!  I really must still have been asleep this morning when I was posting...

Last workout of 2005.

Thank You, DR Cillaliz.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: MBarnum on December 31, 2005, 02:13:42 PM
While I was in taking my shower, little Piper decided to dig through my clothing and I found him carrying my underwear around...I now call him Jose.  ;)
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 02:14:11 PM
And as for tonight's plans.... They're still sort of up in the air... We shall see...
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Tomovoz on December 31, 2005, 02:18:02 PM
While I was in taking my shower, little Piper decided to dig through my clothing and I found him carrying my underwear around...I now call him Jose.  ;)
MY first BIG smile for the year.
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Post by: MBarnum on December 31, 2005, 02:18:47 PM
I am now watching Bollywood movie of the weekend #2, USTAD 420 (1969). It is about some criminals who break out of jail...but it seems to be turning into sort of a James Bond type of a movie...the front cover of the DVD case is rather misleading, I think.

And it must be more of a B-rate film as it is in black and white, which by 1969 is quite unusual for an Indian film, and the cast is quite unfamiliar to me., and the movie isn't even listed in the IMDB..however the film is very entertaining.

Stars Sheikh Mukhtar, Sudhir, Zeb Rehman, and Dog Rover as the dog.

(http://us.st11.yimg.com/store1.yimg.com/I/nehaflix_1874_25310552)
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 02:23:37 PM
While I was in taking my shower, little Piper decided to dig through my clothing and I found him carrying my underwear around...I now call him Jose.  ;)

 :D

In my dreams, DR MBarnum.  In my dreams!

 ;D

 ;)

 :-*
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 02:26:46 PM
It's very rainy here in the City of Studio.  Cold, too.  In about four hours I shall have a cozy fire in the cozy fireplace and I shall sit on my cozy couch like so much cozy fish, and I shall watch a DVD or three and merrily post away as the evening heads toward the dropping of the haineshisway.com's balls.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: George on December 31, 2005, 02:33:28 PM
It's been raining quite a bit up here in the Pacific Northwest lately.  Right now, it's just overcast with a light sprinkling.  Since I have a whole bunch of used DVDs, I'm going to spot-check them to make sure that they all work.  There's a 30-day money back guarantee, but I need to find out if they are okay.  

Be back later. :)
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Cillaliz on December 31, 2005, 02:46:58 PM
Tonight I shall be headed to Bev's on the River.  It's a brand new place, so I'm not sure what it will be like, but it apparently has a lovely ballroom where we will be having a buffet style dinner and then live music and dancing until midnight. It's been years since I went out on New Year's Eve, but one of my friends reserved 2 tables of 10 and the people invited are all a lot of fun to be with, so I'm going.

I'm still trying to decide what to wear. I think I'll dress up. I rarely do that, but after all, it's New Year's Eve, so what the heck.

I'll check in when I get home.   The dinner starts at 7:00pm so this is going to be a very long evening.... I'm hoping I last until midnight!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Tomovoz on December 31, 2005, 02:56:03 PM
The last day of the year here in Melbourne Oz - Temperature reached 109.2.  Almost a DearReader Laura reference.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 03:04:01 PM
Good Evening!

Well... Time for me to get ready to head back in for tonight's show.  Again, I'm not really sure if I'll be partay-ing tonight, but if not,  I know I'll be back here for the festivities.

Remember...

Be Safe.

Don't Drink and Drive.

...And whatever they say about yellow snow.

;)

Laters...
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Cillaliz on December 31, 2005, 03:10:42 PM
Well, I'm going to go scan the closet, I'm sure I have something tucked away that will be perfectly perfect.  Hope everyone stays safe tonight and just in case I don't check in again before I leave....Happy New Year!!!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Charles Pogue on December 31, 2005, 03:17:07 PM
BK would not be BK without his idiosnycrasies (that can't be spelt right, but I ain't looking it up).  I treasure every one of them.  Some might even think him difficult, but I have found that the people I find most interesting (including myself) have often been accused of being difficult.  It usually means they are the people who are the most passionate and don't suffer fools or mediocrity gladly and don't let people get away with shit without calling them on it.

Surprisingly sunny and warmish here in Georgetown, Ky. Though it is now after 6pm and the sun is now down.  Shortly we will take the short 20-25 minute drive into Lexington to party with our oldest and closest friends here.  Though as I do not have my Kentucky drivers license yet and still have California plates on my car (which might be a red flag to some zealous enforcers of the law), I'll enjoy the party while imbibing very little and being the designated driver who will scrupulously follow the traffic laws.  
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: FJL on December 31, 2005, 03:29:29 PM
Just jumped the gun and had our surf and turf dinner a little early.  Skip is now making some fried chicken to take to the party later.  Living so close to Times Square, we tend not to leave the block on New Year's Eve if we can avoid it, and we're going to a party thrown by some truly lovely people (who also happen to be fellow dog owners) here in the building.  If our tradition holds up, we'll come back to our apartment just before midnight, mainly because we want to be with Toby and Dylan when all the Times Square noise happens at midnight, and then go back to the party right after the tumult dies down.  
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jane on December 31, 2005, 03:48:42 PM
MBarnum & Jose- :D

FJL, I like that, home with the dogs at midnight and then back to the party.  
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Tomovoz on December 31, 2005, 03:53:08 PM
DR FJL.  Dogowners on this side of the world identify with your thoughtfulness.

Fire ban day here (not surprising given yesterday's temperature - so no fireworks)
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: TCB on December 31, 2005, 04:08:11 PM
While I was in taking my shower, little Piper decided to dig through my clothing and I found him carrying my underwear around...I now call him Jose.  ;)




But I thought it was Larry that had them for sale on E-Bay.  
Boy, did I get ripped off!!!!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 04:10:47 PM
DR GINNY - I think you may be right about our having the first SURPRISE HHW meeting!  However it was fun and exciting to meet two HHW'ers in the flesh, so to speak...along with Matthew, father of new baby Eleanor - if I had known Matthew better I might have asked him if she was his pride and joy, etc.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 04:12:51 PM
Looking at some of the other posts, I realized I had forgotten a very LOW point for me that happened this year....   :'(

Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jane on December 31, 2005, 04:14:22 PM
TCB- ;D
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Tomovoz on December 31, 2005, 04:14:46 PM
Indeed DR JRand55
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Post by: Jane on December 31, 2005, 04:15:10 PM
JRand- :'(
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jane on December 31, 2005, 04:17:57 PM
Low: Loosing Derek.  I miss him
High: HHW and the many friends I have made here and the ones I was lucky enough to spend up                  
         close and personal time with.  I look forward to those I will meet in 2006.

Low:  Remodeling the kitchen
High:  Remodeling the kitchen

High:  For the first time in four years we didnít loose a single human family member this year (I hope I
          havenít spoken too soon).
Low: Very, very low:  Loosing our very special Echo and Bogie after dealing with their long illnesses.

Low:  Friends and family who have been ill
High:  Friends who were ill and are better now.

Highs:  The time spent with Craig in Romania and our holiday with Bryan in Portland.
            Time spent with friends and family

Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 04:28:32 PM
Had a lovelier than lovely telephonic conversation with the Pogues.  I'm trying to decide what my New Year's feast will be - perhaps Wacky Noodles if I can find a market that's still open.  Wacky Noodles would last the entire evening and would be quite yummilicious.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: TCB on December 31, 2005, 04:46:33 PM
BK, would you post the recipe for Wacky Noodles again, for those of us who have forgotten to save it.
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Post by: TCB on December 31, 2005, 04:47:51 PM



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Post by: Jane on December 31, 2005, 04:49:12 PM
Iím sure Keith will consider his last two days digging in the trenches a low.

He is in for the night now.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 04:54:13 PM
Wacky Noodles it is.  Remember, it sounds weird, but is ever so yummilicious.  I'm making it right now, having just been out on the Wacky Streets.  The rain has abated on my Wacky Street, but every three blocks there is a pocket where it is pouring.  Yes, you heard it here, dear readers, there is a Pouring Pocket every three blocks - for example, it was pouring heavily at Gelson's.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 05:00:58 PM
One twelve-ounce or 1 pound bag of bow tie pasta or penne pasta or extra wide egg noodles.

One can of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Dried minced onion

Ketchup

Salt and pepper

Low-fat milk

Sour cream

Boil noodles.  Drain them and put them back into the pot.  Whilst keeping the heat low, add cream of mushroom soup, add milk (just fill the empty soup can and add that much), add a generous amount of minced onion, and stir.  If it looks too thick, add a bit more milk.  Add salt and pepper (I use a lot), and then add a bit of ketchup - this should turn the sauce a pink color - don't use too much, just enough for the pink color and to taste - usually a couple of healthy squirts from a squeeze bottle will do the trick.  Mix it all up.  Turn the heat up and get it nice and hot, stirring often.  When it's completely heated, add app. 6 ounces of sour cream, stir again, and let it heat another couple of minutes.  Serve.  Eat.

The whole deal costs under five bucks and you will be quite full and happy when you're done.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 05:01:37 PM
I do hope we'll have partygoers here during the evening.  
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 05:18:26 PM
Thanks DRs TOMovOZ and JANE.  

Oh....the body snatchers are afoot on TCM.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 05:19:04 PM
Just knowing that everyone here on the best site on the internet will be seeing Miss Gone Hollywood one last time makes me feel better!

Thanks for looking!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: FJL on December 31, 2005, 05:25:05 PM
JRand -  Thanks for sharing the picture.  I'm so sorry about your loss.    
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jane on December 31, 2005, 05:42:56 PM
Bruce, while you are parting the old year with a delicious (I suppose-ketchup & cream of mushroom soup sound weird to me) yet unhealthy meal, will you begin the New Year with a healthy one?
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 05:44:31 PM
Yes, starting tomorrow I begin eating much healthier - one of my goals for the New Year.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jane on December 31, 2005, 05:51:07 PM
I'm so pleased. :)
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: MBarnum on December 31, 2005, 05:58:56 PM
Don't forget to eat your leafy greens, BK!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jane on December 31, 2005, 06:00:00 PM
I hope no one is feeding this to their dogs:

Contaminated dog food which was sold in 23 states killed nearly two dozen dogs and sickened 18 more, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

The recalled pet food was sold in 23 states under the brand names Diamond, Country Value and Professional, and bears the date codes of March 1, 2007, through June 11, 2007. Consumers are asked to immediately stop using the product.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: MBarnum on December 31, 2005, 06:00:52 PM
Do any DRs remember THE BEULAH SHOW? I found a place that has some episodes on DVD and I wondered if the show was any good...the cast sounds great! (well, the various versions of the cast...seems they recast the entire cast after the first season).
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jane on December 31, 2005, 06:05:33 PM
This is a very moving and sweet story.  I hope the outcome is successful.  http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/12/31/baby.noor
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Post by: TCB on December 31, 2005, 06:07:11 PM
I am afraid that I lack the eloquence of some of the people at this site, in expressing my feelings, so I will just write down things, freeform, and hope that they make some sense.

***

I don't care for New Year's Eve.  I never have enjoyed it.  Instead of viewing it as a time of rejoicing, I have always thought of it as a time to mourn the loss of yet another year; a year without obtaining the success or the happiness that I had hoped to achieve.

***

This year, in particular, has been a year filled with great unhappiness for me; but, I guess, without that unhappiness I would never have been able to appreciate any of the wonderful pleasures that I have enjoyed this year.

***

I want to thank all of my dear friends here at HHW, whose gifts of love and friendship have meant so much to me over the past year.  Cheers to Tomovoz, elmore, Jane, td, Panni, Danise, Ginny, Jed, Ann, and Charles Pogue (as well as any others that I may have forgotten).

***

I truly enjoyed attending my first HHW gathering this year in Portland. It was a day for not only getting to spend time with current friends Ann, Jed, and George; but finally getting a chance to meet our very own charming host, the fantastic BK; as well as the charming JMK and DW Betsy.  Of course, the bonus of that gathering was a chance to finally meet MBarnum, in the flesh - a pure delight that any gay male or heterosexual female should take an opportunity to enjoy.

***

Speaking of MBarnum, has anyone else seen those Budweiser commercials this year featuring the always hunky August Busch IV?  Am I the only one who thinks that Mr. Barnum could easily be his brother?

***

The loss of DR Derek, as well as the loss of several other long-time friends and coworkers has been tough on me this year.  Seeing the decline in the health of so many of my other friends, family members, and most importantly, the health of my beloved Angel has taken a lot of joy out of what otherwise might have been happier times for me.  My own health problems, which I had hoped were behind me (don't go there TCB), seem to have become more frequent, as well.

***

Artistically, it was a wonderful year.  Beginning last December, I completed seven different theatrical productions.  Although all of them (with the exception of working with my son) were enjoyable, but getting the honor to portray Branch Rickey in NATIONAL PASTIME was the highlight of the year.  Winning four acting awards was a great thrill, but the Best Actor Award for NATIONAL PASTIME is the one I will cherish most.

***

I also had the pleasure of reading a really great Thin Man-style murder mystery play, which I had never read before, and no, it is not DECEIT.  I may have to end up producing this play myself, because one of our local theaters is throwing aside all reasonable choices in the hopes of securing DREAMGIRLS, and the other theater doesnít want to do the play, because the Artistic Director doesnít care for the title of the play.  These are the same two theaters that are always complaining that are no good murder mysteries left to produce.
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Post by: Michael on December 31, 2005, 06:12:49 PM
Saw Narnia tonight. I rather enjoyed it and hope they do the other books.
I was invited to meet a friend at a bar tonight. Its a 20 minute or so drive there and then there are the idiots on the road.

In case I do go.

Happy New Year everyone
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 06:19:59 PM
Don't go to a bar on New Year's Eve!
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Post by: Jane on December 31, 2005, 06:20:02 PM
I am afraid that I lack the eloquence of some of the people at this site, in expressing my feelings,

I lack eloquence, you are beautiful.
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Post by: Jane on December 31, 2005, 06:24:25 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Post by: George on December 31, 2005, 06:24:30 PM
Fortunately for me, there have been many more highs than lows.  Several people have mentioned meeting our very own BK, and that is one of the highs for me, as well.  Losing our very own Derek is one of the few lows.

I'm leaving to go to dinner with the family, now.  I plan to be back before the end of the year tonight, but then I'll be off until tomorrow (house-sitting, you know). ;)
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Post by: TCB on December 31, 2005, 06:27:55 PM
I lack eloquence, you are beautiful.

Jane, you make me cry.
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Post by: TCB on December 31, 2005, 06:30:24 PM
Michael S., I also hope you don't got out to a bar tonight.
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Post by: TCB on December 31, 2005, 06:36:21 PM
No one in my family has ever had Alzheimer's.  At least that I remember.
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Post by: Jane on December 31, 2005, 06:40:22 PM
This is good timing-I forgot to mention another high-the year supply of marzipan I received today along with ALMOND MACAROONS!
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Post by: TCB on December 31, 2005, 06:40:58 PM
No one in my family has ever had Alzheimer's.  At least that I remember.

When I Googled Alzheimer's, to make sure that I spelled it correctly; Google popped up just the phrase, Alzheimer's Disease (in bold print), eight times in a row.  Do you think that Google is trying to tell me something?
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Post by: Jane on December 31, 2005, 06:41:00 PM
TCB, good vibes for 2006.

'night
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 06:42:06 PM
I think I shall have a piece of dear reader Jane's fudge now - it's yummilicious and comforting.
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 06:43:18 PM
Which is more than I can say for the film I'm watching - neither comforting nor yummilicious - merely disturbing and sadly not too dated at all.  The film?  Fritz Lang's Fury.
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Post by: JMK on December 31, 2005, 06:44:55 PM
OK, I think we have the makings of a new, improved catch-phrase department:  So I notice I'm getting all these hits on my Farmer article from Italy.  And a certain forum in particular.  And lo and behold I get an email from an Italian woman last night asking about my Farmer research.  So I go to the Forum and have it roughly (*very* roughly, LOL) translated by Babelfish, and it turns out someone there uses the screenname Frances Farmer, and they're all oohing and aahing about Jessica Lange and the movie, and someone has pointed out my research, at which point someone else accuses me of "frightening revisionism."  So of course I have spent most of the day attempting to register on the site and defend myself, but I have yet to receive my password through the email.

Now, here's the punchline/new catchphrase part.  It turns out the Forum is for Italian women of the Sapphic variety.  Which of course leads me to ask about my pathetic attempts today:

Is this because I'm an Italian lesbian?   ;D
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Post by: TCB on December 31, 2005, 06:45:14 PM
Good night, Jane.  Happy New Year's!
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Post by: Ginny on December 31, 2005, 07:08:39 PM
We're back from:

1) Visiting DH Richard's mother in the hospital, where we found her in good spirits and not looking nearly as bad as I'd expected.  The stomach problems that put her there seem to have abated, but her weak heart is cause for concern.  As we were leaving, one of her granddaughters came to visit.

2)  Seeing The Producers with my mom, my aunt, and DS Rob.  I liked the movie very much, including Uma Thurman, who I was prepared to dislike in the role.  We followed DR Jose's advice to stay through the credits - we always do, but apparently many other people had heard the same thing, because the almost-full theatre remained so until the very end.

3)  Having chili, chips, cabbage & apple salad, and my aunt's homemade, strawberry-topped cheesecake for dinner at my mom's.

4)  Driving home, during which I could see fireworks from Paramount King's Island and the odometer on my Vibe (a 2005 high point) turn 6000 miles.

As promised, we are snug at home well before midnight.
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Post by: Ginny on December 31, 2005, 07:11:44 PM
Low:  Remodeling the kitchen
High:  Remodeling the kitchen

Jane -  ;D
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Post by: FJL on December 31, 2005, 07:31:14 PM
I fell asleep while Skip was frying the chicken for the party, and am now groggy and in no condition to meet new people.  Maybe a nice Diet Coke will get me ready to get going.  
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 31, 2005, 07:33:02 PM
As some of you may recall, today was my day to see a matinee of "Lestat", the new Elton John/Bernie Taupin musical.

I offer my review, and I ask that you consider that when I saw the show, I had some distractions that I did my best to overcome in the early going of Act I (the person in the seat next to mine occupied her seat and a chunk of mine, wedging me against the left arm rest of my seat).  I was fortunate that the seat to the left of me was vacant, and I moved about 10 minutes into Act I (when I was certain no one would be seated there).   That, plus being a bit medicated to fight what seems to be an impending head cold, may have tempered my reaction to Act I a bit...or more than a bit.  

At any rate, I'm home, I'm more than delighted to have experienced "Lestat," and I offer this opinion:

The production of "Lestat" currently playing in a pre-Broadway tryout at San Franciscoís Curran Theater is opulent, engaging and easy on the ears.  The book by Linda Woolverton creates a chronology of the life of Lestat as was told in the novels Interview With the Vampire and The Vampire Lestat.  It is entirely true to the spirit of Riceís novels and to her vampire ethos, but it also takes artistic license with chronology that should be understood by fans of the novels.

The cast is first-rate.  Hugh Panaro is dashing as Lestat and has a beautiful voice.  Jim Stanek, as Louis, Roderick Hill as Nicolas, and Drew Sarich, who replaced Jack Noseworthy as Armand, are equally good.  All the principals have superb voices and make the score sound as wonderful as it is/ought to be.  They all perform their roles beautifully.

Overall, this production is well done.  It is my second pre-Broadway experience, although I must say it is not as completely satisfying as I found "Wicked" to be the first time I saw it, even with that showís problems with length and a few numbers that never completely satisfied me, but this show has some stunning moments.

Here, of course, we have Elton John writing the score and Bernie Taupin writing the lyrics.  I thought the songs in Act I extremely expositional without much appeal.  

I saw Elton John on some TV show a few weeks ago and he performed, from the show, "Make Me As You Are."  Gabrielle, Lestatís mother sings this song, to her son in Paris where she has come to see him because she is ill and going to die.  She quickly recognizes that her son has been given a dark gift that she, too, wants to experience.  Johnís performance was fine.  At the time, I thought it a nice piece of expositional writing with an interesting, if understated, melody, but I never dreamed it would be the best song in Act I.  

It was impassioned and powerful as sung in the show by Colleen Fitzpatrick who substituted as Gabrielle for principal Carolee Carmello.

Another first act number, also beautifully sung by Fitzpatrick, was ďThe Crimson KissĒ sung by Gabrielle to Lestat as she takes her leave of him to go live in the wild, away from the marking of time that comes with civilization.

The sets and costumes are handsome, atmospheric and wonderful.  Scene changes are marked by words projected upon a screen as Lestat speaks them.  They represent passages from Lestatís tale -- the play starts with a modern-day scene of Lestat narrating/typing his history on a laptop.  There are also video effects that accompany blood drinking (i.e., the vampires see the life experiences of each victim from which they drink) and video effects for fire projected on a dropped panel that, for me, was a bit cheesy.  Work is needed to sharpen the focus of the videos, and something more special than projection on a panel for the fire scenes should be developed.

The first act ended (big) with an explosive, uplifting entrance by Michael Genet (excellent) as Marius, the ancient one, whom Lestat has been seeking.  It was a rousing conclusion to an act that was, for me, mostly low-keyed.  Donít get me wrong.  Taupinís lyrics are extremely good...but they go on and on (almost slavishly relating the details of LestatĎs life), and Johnsí music for the first act does nothing to accentuate them beyond accompaniment (i.e., da-da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da, dum-dah).  

I am a huge fan of the Lestat novels, and here in Act I, the story screams out for brilliant, tragic bits of melody which donĎt happen.  I never get a sense of the ďvampireď in the musical development.  Other Act I songs are called "From the Dead," "Nothing Here," "In Paris" (reprised once), and "The Thirst" (reprised twice).  All appropriate and necessary to the story, but without the kind of melody that appeals to my senses.

Happily, Act II was a fulfillment of the promise of the rousing final scene of Act I.  The act begins with Lestat arriving in New Orleans ("Welcome to the New World" -- a rousing ensemble number extolling the pleasures of New Orleans and its melting pot culture) and encountering Louis, to whom he gives the dark gift.  "Embrace It" is Lestatís deadly/loving command to Louis, during which I felt the show began to come vividly alive.

It virtually explodes when Claudia arrives.  Beautifully performed and sung by Allison Fischer, Claudia has two standout numbers in the early going.  Her magnificent tantrum number -- "I Want More" -- was spellbinding and funny.  Even though the play is about the living dead, this number proved that nothing about the living dead need be somnambulistic.  For me, it was a starting point from which the composer should backtrack and reconsider melody and more strident rhythms for Act I.  Lestat truly needs a kick-ass number, and he doesnít have one.

Next came "Iíll Never Have That Chance," a song in which Claudia sings of her lost opportunities for a mortal life and for the tragedy of having been made too young, an eternal child doomed to never experience womanhood.  This song is emotionally wrenching, brilliant and beautifully sung by Fischer.  

Most of the numbers in this show are duets or solos with only the actor(s) singing on the stage.  This gives it an intimacy that I liked.  One of the more effective solos was Lestatís ballad "Sail Me Away" as he has embarked upon a sea journey from New Orleans to Paris, defeated by the treachery of Claudia and Louis who deserted him, leaving him for dead because they felt it was the only way they could escape him.

Once in Paris, he seeks out Armand and begs to drink from him to restore his health.  Little does he know that Louis and Claudia are in Paris and working in Armandís theater.  Armand, using Lestat and taking advantage of his weak condition, doles out some vampire justice as the company performs "To Kill Your Kind."  Itís an energetic song and the ensemble invests it with macabre delight.

Armand then has a prime moment -- "After All This Time" -- when he tells Lestat how much he hates him for destroying the old ways and old values.  ItĎs a very good number and beautifully, powerfully sung.

"From the Dead" -- the finale -- was emotionally satisfying and a touching conclusion for this production as all the characters who had been a part of Lestatís life are laid out before him as integral parts of the most curious and engaging vampire that he has become.

I liked this show...a lot.  
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Post by: Ginny on December 31, 2005, 07:50:58 PM
DR Ron Pulliam - Thank you for the detailed review of Lestat.  Would you recommend that someone who has not read the novels do so before seeing the show?
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 31, 2005, 07:52:40 PM
DR Ron Pulliam - Thank you for the detailed review of Lestat.  Would you recommend that someone who has not read the novels do so before seeing the show?

Absolutely.  The novels are excellent.

But you need not be familiar with the novels to follow the book of the show.
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Post by: TCB on December 31, 2005, 07:56:53 PM
Ron, it sounds like a very exciting show.  I have always felt that the strongest and most dramatic part of the triology that made up the original chronicles, was the INTERVIW WITH THE VAMPIRE.  To me, the triangle that existed between Lestat, Louis, and Claudia was never equaled anywhere else in the series.
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Post by: Ginny on December 31, 2005, 08:01:27 PM
Well, for the first time in several years our household is wussburgering before the arrival of midnight.  One has a sore throat, one a sinus headache, and one is just plain tired (that's me).

[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]Happy New Year, All!!![/move]
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 31, 2005, 08:06:02 PM
Ron, it sounds like a very exciting show.  I have always felt that the strongest and most dramatic part of the triology that made up the original chronicles, was the INTERVIW WITH THE VAMPIRE.  To me, the triangle that existed between Lestat, Louis, and Claudia was never equaled anywhere else in the series.

Yep.  But once you're hooked you've just GOT to read the rest.

As a P.S. to my review, I think it fair to add that during my walk out of the theater, another guy was telling some friends which scenes were exactly like the scenes in the novels and which were moved around/merged.  He then said he gave the production an A-minus, but felt the first act was clearly superior to the second!  One of his friends asked, "Really? Does everyone think so?"  I piped up and said I thought show was saved by Act II.  She said, "I think so, too.  The first act was kind of dull."

So...different strokes....
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 08:11:28 PM
I am having such a wild New Year's Eve that, immediately after eating my Wacky Noodles and then a piece of dear reader Jane's fudge, I put on McLintock and promptly fell asleep.  I have now lit a log and will try a different DVD, one that's not quite as soporiphic as McLintock!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 08:12:17 PM
Whilst our East Coast hainsies/kimlets will have their balls drop before the West Coast, the REAL balls dropping will be from haineshisway.com at midnight Pacific Standard Time.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 08:15:40 PM
Good lord! It's 11:15 here, and idiots are already shooting off fireworks. Geez, some people are dumb.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 08:24:26 PM
I'm sitting at my computer, sipping a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoying the warmth of good feelings at HHW on this New YEar's Eve. Not sure I'll make it to midnight as this hot chocolate is soothing and making me long for bed. We'll see.
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 08:25:59 PM
No WUSSBURGERING here, baby.  We're doing the Lambada (The Forbidden Dance) and getting our second wind - our first wind is gone and gone with the wind are the Wacky Noodles.
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 08:26:23 PM
A mere three-and-one-half hours until 2006!
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 08:28:15 PM
Good Evening!

Another crazy-good audience tonight! -And we played "Auld Lang Syne" as the final bit of exit music.

:)

*And we also ran out posters to sign and "sell" for the BC/EFA, Food & Friends donations, so now we're "selling" pictures (Polaroids) with with either our Lola, Meg Gillentine, and/or our Joe Hardy, Matt Bogart.  -I was tempted to stay and get my pic taken with Matt.

;)
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 08:31:20 PM
One of the women in the cast was having a small gathering at her place after the show, but most people seemed to be heading elsewhere - either to another party or home to sleep.  -Two shows tomorrow.

I almost stayed, but just decided to head on home.  I'm actually sort of tired.  And as I was driving, I happened to pass one car chase and two police stops (one guy had five cruisers pulled up behind him!).  So, I guess it was good that I headed home when I did.

My parents are home tonight too - which is sort of surprising since they usually head out with some of their friends.  Instead, they've been cleaning and cooking.  They're hosting a New Year's Day dinner here tomorrow.  -I'll have to scour for the leftovers.  ;)
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Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 08:31:36 PM
Well, I watched a most enjoyable movie tonight - SERENITY.

For those of us who are fans of Joss Whedon (ANGEL, BUFFY), this movie had the same mix of elements: drama, high adventure, off the wall quips, and great characters.

If you're familiar with the Fox TV series FIREFLY (which only ran half a season but has been a huge hit on DVD), you'll know all of the familiar characters. What will absolutely shock you, however, is that not all of those wonderful characters survive this adventure!

What a brave thing for Whedon to do! If the movie had been a hit, several favorites in the cast wouldn't have been around for the sequel. As it turned out, the movie did middling business at best, but again, has done big numbers on DVD. Still, it was great to get to spend some quality time with these wonderful characters.

And Adam Baldwin continues to be one of my swoonworthy men. I've loved him ever since MY BODYGUARD all those years ago, and he's only gotten better with age!
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 31, 2005, 08:32:39 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our East Coasties!

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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 08:36:02 PM
DR Ron Pulliam - Thanks for the "review" - the quotes are yours not mine. ;)

-Wow!  I didn't realize Carolee was out.  However, I love Colleen too.  -And it's also nice to hear that Drew has stepped into the role of Armand with no problem.

They're treating the whole process - from San Francisco up until April 13 (opening night on Broadway) as a "process".  Heck, the current script and even major bits of the score don't match what I was given the first week of rehearsal.

I look forward to seeing the show myself on January 26.  -And to starting pit rehearsals on March 1.

:)

And, yes(!), Brad is indeed a cutie.  I look forward to looking at his stick biceps baton as he conducts me.  -And the rest of him is also very cute too!

;D
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 08:36:39 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our East Coasties!



Still about 23 minutes to go...
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Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 08:36:41 PM
Thank you, DR Ron, for the detailed review/report on LESTAT. Sounds very promising and I wish the production team and company well as thge run continues in SF and then on to Broadway!

Does the Playbill have the show's logo on it? I'm not sure I've seen the logo.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 08:37:38 PM
DR Ron Pulliam - Did you snag an extra Playbill? ;)

*And is my name listed in the staff listing? -under "Rehearsal Pianists"?
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 08:38:10 PM
Thank you, DR Ron, for the detailed review/report on LESTAT. Sounds very promising and I wish the production team and company well as thge run continues in SF and then on to Broadway!

Does the Playbill have the show's logo on it? I'm not sure I've seen the logo.

Go here:

www.lestat.com

or

www.lestatmusical.com
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 08:39:57 PM
Hmmm....

Dick Clark...

Hmmm....
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 08:40:25 PM
-Mariah Carey had another comeback this past year?!??!
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Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 08:40:27 PM
I've read all of Rice's VAMPIRE CHRONICLES, but INTERVIEW and VAMPIRE LESTAT were unquestionably my favorites. The others all had their merits, but I often felt she got lost in the overly complex mythology in the later books in the series, and stories that began interestingly rather petered out by the end of the volume (THE VAMPIRE ARMAND comes immediately to mind).
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Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 08:41:15 PM
Go here:

www.lestat.com

or

www.lestatmusical.com

Thank you, DR Jose.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 08:44:28 PM
I also watched a couple more CSI: NY episodes.  One involved the murder of an NYC bicycle messenger.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 08:47:39 PM
Page 6 Lucy-Ricky Dance!!!


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Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 08:56:10 PM
Very close to midght on this coast. Less than two minutes!
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Post by: Danise on December 31, 2005, 08:58:43 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v373/DofB5/newyr1.gif)

[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]EVERYONE!!!!!![/move]
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 08:58:55 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

*At least here on the East Coast.
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Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 08:59:08 PM
Looks like it's 2006 here on this side of the world!

Happy New Year, everyone!!!!
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 08:59:35 PM
Hmm... the HHW clock seems to be off by about a minute.

;)
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:00:38 PM
HaPPY 2006!!!   ;D ;D
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Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 09:00:43 PM
Hmm... the HHW clock seems to be off by about a minute.

;)

I thought the same thing, DR Jose!  :D
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Post by: Matt H. on December 31, 2005, 09:01:53 PM
Now, I think I'm going to rinse out my hot chocolate cup and go to bed.

Good night, all!
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Post by: Danise on December 31, 2005, 09:02:01 PM
Hmm... the HHW clock seems to be off by about a minute.

;)

I hit "post" as soon as it hit "one" on the TV so..

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Post by: Cillaliz on December 31, 2005, 09:05:51 PM
Happy New Year to the East Coasters.  I enjoyed the party tonight at Bev's on the River. But it started so early that by the time the band took their first break about 10:00 pm I was ready to go home. So I did. I have showered, put on my sweats and am happily in my recliner.  

The food tonight was increadible and there was so much of everything. It was well worth it, but made us all very sleepy.
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 09:06:38 PM
Well...

I fixed myself a small plate of some smoked salmon, cheddar cheese and Rye-Krisp... And I just came from upstairs where my parents and I toasted with sparkling apple cider... And now I am having a chocolate truffle.  -Starting off 2006 with a little indulgence.

:)
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Post by: TCB on December 31, 2005, 09:06:51 PM
I hit "post" as soon as it hit "one" on the TV so..




Danise, how wonderful to see you awake at midnight!
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 31, 2005, 09:08:17 PM
So now I'm here...I actually have a Happy New Year tiara, a horn, and a clicky clack noise maker.  
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 31, 2005, 09:09:18 PM
The tiara looks beautiful with my sweats
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Post by: Danise on December 31, 2005, 09:09:50 PM
Danise, how wonderful to see you awake at midnight!


Midnight?  Is that what time it is?  ;) :D
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 09:09:55 PM
...And as I'm watching the festivities in Times Square...  I still remember my one and only New Year's Eve in Times Square many years ago... I think I was 19 or 20...

The subway fares went up that night at midnight - thus, the tokens (yes, they still had tokens then) I had in my pocket did not work at the turnstiles...  :-\

However, the thing I was most impressed with was just how clean Times Square was the next morning.  Go New York City Sanitation Workers!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:10:23 PM
Princess CillaLiz - owner of Rapunzel's tower!!
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Post by: Danise on December 31, 2005, 09:11:00 PM
Can't they hold New Years at a decent hour?
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:11:13 PM
DR RLP - thanks so much for the LESTAT recap!  I am very excited about this show!  I appreciate the time you took to write your thoughts....even if you were MOoooo-ved to a different seat!
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 09:11:54 PM
...and why does ABC continue their "New Year's Rockin' Eve"... although, this time it's from Hollywood.  Of course, it's "live"... "live on tape" that is.  And most of the artists lip-sync... And they're all celebrating New Year's too... Even though, technically, they're three hours away...

Why?!?!?
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:12:46 PM
Okay, I am all for "the show must go on" and "all that jazz" - but it is time for Mr Dick Clark to STOP appearing on television.

I don't want to see Mariah Carey and her enormous BA-ZOOOMS ever again either......I NEVER did want to hear her...who is buying all these CD's.  I don't care what Soundscan says....how can she sell millions of CD's....what about all the returns?  Are those tracked?
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:13:15 PM
DR JOSE, I guess we're thinking much alike tonight!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:13:40 PM
Hey, DR FRANCOIS - we're in Disneyland and DisneyWorld...oh it's ABC....no wonder!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:14:33 PM
Fantasia Burrino was singing at Aladdin's Casino on one of the News Channels.  Whew! Who is buying THOSE cd's?

Ryan Seacrest....all of the non-entities.  
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:15:40 PM
I don't think that's Dick Clark...I think it's Bette Davis.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:16:24 PM
Time to turn the channel back to TCM and MORE of The Thing From Another World!
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 31, 2005, 09:17:21 PM
Princess CillaLiz - owner of Rapunzel's tower!!

Oh, I like the way you talk, JRand
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 31, 2005, 09:19:43 PM
I'm watching The Best of Trading Spaces 2005.  I'm watching all kinds of home decorating/remodeling shows now.  Getting ideas....
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:19:55 PM
Oh, I like the way you talk, JRand

Indiana quote that you may have for 2006:

"Hold her, Newt, she's headed for the rhubarb!"

Never fails to stop a conversation cold!  8)
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:20:54 PM
Page Seven Allison Hayes Dance!!  :o
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:21:17 PM
DR JMK watch out for the Italian Frances Farmer fans!  
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 09:21:34 PM
Is Hillary Duff even really talking?  Sort of hard to tell if her lips are actually moving...  must be all that plastic surgery at botox... at 18!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:21:58 PM
How did SHE ever get into the movies?
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:22:31 PM
Is Hillary Duff even really talking?  Sort of hard to tell if her lips are actually moving...  must be all that plastic surgery at botox... at 18!

I think it's the Hillary Duff Doll!  Someone pulled the string!  8)
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:23:35 PM
Drinking & driving horror story!   :-[
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:25:07 PM
DRJMK - have we ever confirmed that that suit is the one she was wearing when she walked off the set of NO ESCAPE?  Sure looks like it in that still you have!  And Edna had done a nice job with Frances' hair, too!
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Post by: Danise on December 31, 2005, 09:25:08 PM
Man, they've been shooting off the fireworks since 7 and they haven't let up yet!

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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 09:25:33 PM
The only New Year's Rockin' Eve is here at haineshisway.com.  And I find it very fitting that the haineshisway.com clock is off - we wouldn't be haineshisway.com if something wasn't off.

I've been watching I Do! I Do! with Hal Linden and Lee Remick.  They're not exactly Robert Preston and Mary Martin, but it's still a nice thing to watch.  The direction and choreography for the stage is credited to Marge Champion in the front credits.  I have no idea if they will have the courtesy to credit the show's real director/choreographer - Gower Champion - since Mrs. Champion is merely recreating her husband's work.
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 09:26:19 PM
I'm currently doing the Lambada (The Forbidden Dance) and may even take a nice toasty shower so I am clean as a whistle when the New Year's ball drops.
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Post by: PennyO on December 31, 2005, 09:27:31 PM
Lambada! Happy New Year to all!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 09:28:48 PM
What is PennyO doing right now?

What is everyone wearing right now?  I'm wearing jeans and a Writer's Block shirt.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 09:29:18 PM
Hmmm... I must stop all these negative comments about TV personalities... Not a good way to start off 2006...

;-)

-Hey, "Trading Spaces" is on!

;D
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:30:03 PM
Only known still of the day's work Frances Farmer did on NO ESCAPE, before her assault on hairdresser Edna Birge, and subsequent arrest on a parole violation.  Rare still from the collection of FF Archivist, Jeffrey M. Kauffman.

SEE:  http://hometown.aol.com/jmkauffman/sheddinglight.html (http://hometown.aol.com/jmkauffman/sheddinglight.html)

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Post by: TCB on December 31, 2005, 09:31:33 PM
What is PennyO doing right now?

What is everyone wearing right now?  I'm wearing jeans and a Writer's Block shirt.


Nothing.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:32:02 PM
Green sweatpants and a black short sleeved Hanes t-shirt, white socks, and Old Navy plaid boxers, blue & green.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:32:24 PM
Nothing.

 :o
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 09:35:39 PM
Still in my pit clothes - all black - shoes, socks, jeans, button down shirt - yes, even my Hanes boxerbriefs are black.

-Hmm... I believe DR MBarnum's underwear was black too.

;)
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:35:52 PM
To celebrate the New Year, I offer again, the Sony Robot Dance!  ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch.php?v=N8FxUMIZkfo&search=sony%20robot%20dance (http://www.youtube.com/watch.php?v=N8FxUMIZkfo&search=sony%20robot%20dance)

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: PennyO on December 31, 2005, 09:37:12 PM
Low points of my 2005: My parents deaths in July. My "being stuck in NY" while they were declining.

High points: being back in NY, at the BMI workshop and doing Jewish Thighs off-Broadway with Jose, and having so many DR's come see it, and the Kimmel reading right before the show, and the dinner after, with everyone.

High point: my parents' funerals - seems odd, but all the old friends and family and stories and laughs and deli food made festive occasions of those sad days. I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

High point: well, um, Hawaii...

High points: 2 very satisfying auditions (my first in many years) in the past 2 weeks. (I think I may be over my mishegas at last.)

High Point: my sister Rikki's son Jeremy got married in Maui back in June - I cut the trip short to get back to my folks, but we had a swell time, and it was a beautiful wedding. Chuck and I sang One Hand, One Heart as the sun set in the west, as those two kidz exchanged rings. Oh, my...

High point: 2 weeks ago, my birthday. My sister Tami had a little party at her house. For the first time in my life, the cake read :Happy Birthday Penny. Just like that, I have my own birthday. We had a really nice time, and the whole family were there.

So many high points in 2005. Many more to all of you in 2006!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Cillaliz on December 31, 2005, 09:39:02 PM
Indiana quote that you may have for 2006:

"Hold her, Newt, she's headed for the rhubarb!"

Never fails to stop a conversation cold!  8)

LOL, my dad says that, or at least something like it.. He's always saying 'Hold her Newt"
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Post by: Danise on December 31, 2005, 09:39:08 PM
Nothing.

Not even a smile???   :D

Bear and Brandi are being very good dogs.  Both are asleep at my feet and haven't moved no matter how loud the booms outside.  

Well, folks, it is way past my bed time and I've had a little wine.  I think I shall sleep very well but I need to get up so I can cook a good New Years Dinner sooo......

Good night to all!
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Post by: Danise on December 31, 2005, 09:41:14 PM
Oh, for the moment I'm wearing jeans and light sweatshirt with dogs on it.  
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Post by: PennyO on December 31, 2005, 09:41:23 PM
I WAS wearing tight black pants, a tiny black camisole, and a white crocheted lace overblouse... right now, I'm MUCH more comfortable in old black velvet pants, a jammy, and a sweater. i just took Rikki's dawg for a walk (I'm staying at Rik's, she's out with her new beau) and had a diet caffeine free coke, and may gobble something delicious before heading off to beddie.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:42:08 PM
LOL, my dad says that, or at least something like it.. He's always saying 'Hold her Newt"

Luke, I am your father.  8)
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:42:40 PM
Goodnight, DRDANISE - get the dogs off your sweatshirt!
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Post by: PennyO on December 31, 2005, 09:42:43 PM
And so, good night. Happiest of Happies to yuz.
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Post by: PennyO on December 31, 2005, 09:43:16 PM
Good night, DR Danise - happy sleeping with puppies on yer chest!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:43:33 PM
DR PENNYO - It Came From Outer Space is on TCM...you are dressed perfectly to watch it!!  And eating is required while watching sci fi on television!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 09:43:59 PM
No beddie until the balls drop.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:44:40 PM
Still in my pit clothes - all black - shoes, socks, jeans, button down shirt - yes, even my Hanes boxerbriefs are black.

-Hmm... I believe DR MBarnum's underwear was black too.

;)

Major league umpires are required to wear black undies just in case their pants rip....

Little known information available here on HHW!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Cillaliz on December 31, 2005, 09:44:42 PM
I think I just heard fireworks, but it could have been something else. It's not time and I haven't heard any more...strange
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:45:45 PM
I think I just heard fireworks, but it could have been something else. It's not time and I haven't heard any more...strange

Maybe it was a test....just a test.....if it had been the actual New Year you would have been instructed to tune to the Conelrad station in your area!   8)
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 31, 2005, 09:48:24 PM
Maybe it was a test....just a test.....if it had been the actual New Year you would have been instructed to tune to the Conelrad station in your area!   8)
;D
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: PennyO on December 31, 2005, 09:50:27 PM
DR PENNYO - It Came From Outer Space is on TCM...you are dressed perfectly to watch it!!  And eating is required while watching sci fi on television!

Well, maybe I'll tune in - I could probably sleep to that movie! Thanks for the heads-up!
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Post by: Danise on December 31, 2005, 09:51:13 PM
Night all!
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Post by: PennyO on December 31, 2005, 09:52:13 PM
Sheesh, yawning- and not even 10 PM here... I haven't made it to New Year's midnight in decades. Oy... Well, crank up the TeeVee and snuggle in... niteynite, m'DR's.
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 09:59:53 PM
Sheesh, yawning- and not even 10 PM here... I haven't made it to New Year's midnight in decades. Oy... Well, crank up the TeeVee and snuggle in... niteynite, m'DR's.

I think it's followed by The Blob!   :P
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:00:25 PM
MBARNUM what are you watching?
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 31, 2005, 10:03:28 PM
Happy New Year, everyone!  I've had a wonderful one, beginning with a dinner at a wonderful Italian restaurant Celesta at 85th and Amsterdam, with an Italian waiter who would give DRMBarnum severe hives and a craving for Italian food every day.  The dinner was excellent, by the way, and quite reasonably priced.  

Then we went to see Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins in MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS, which is a wonderful film going onto my list of 10 best backstagers.  I knew from the first credit I would love the film, and it's a musical, a biography, and a history of London before and during the Blitz, with a wonderful cast and a beautiful blonde actress who spends half the film showing her lovely bosoms.  I have three words for you all:

MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS

and three more words:  don't miss it.

DR TCB, the undies on eBay were Barnum's, I swear.  
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Post by: Michael on December 31, 2005, 10:03:38 PM
lasted 20 minutes at the bar. not as crowded as i thought it would be and neither were the roads. got something to eat. called my parents. A friend then called me. Watched a bit of spaceballs. Dozed off. now off to bed.

Happy new year to all
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 10:03:47 PM
No beddie until the fat lady sings, baby!  We're havin' a New Year's Rockin' Eve.  I, for example, am doing the Lambada (The Forbidden Dance), which is not so easy to do when you're listening to My Cup Runneth Over.
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 10:04:21 PM
Has Ann caught up?  Or is she doing a little New Year's Eve canoodlin'?
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:05:37 PM
The movie sounds fascinating, DR ELMORE....except for the Bazooms part!

Wait a minute, did MR BK say that Lee Remick is NO Mary Martin?
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:06:00 PM
Now I am hungry.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:06:36 PM
I think for my first eat of 2006, I will have a chicken and cheese sandwich (no bread, please).
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Post by: JoseSPiano on December 31, 2005, 10:08:17 PM
Well... My first workout of 2006 is in just eight hours, so...

Goodnight!

Happy New Year's to all those DRs in the Central, Mountain and Pacific  Time Zones!!!

:)
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:10:04 PM
"The price anyone pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side."  James Baldwin
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Post by: MBarnum on December 31, 2005, 10:10:48 PM
DR JRand55, I just finished watching KING AND FOUR QUEENS starring Mr. Clark Gable...and boy was Sara Shane right about that wallop that Jo Van Fleet gives her...man you could see the pain on Sara's face and she did fly out of frame! LOL! I am surprised that they kept that in. You can also here Sara cry out in pain briefly.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: MBarnum on December 31, 2005, 10:12:55 PM
Do dogs go poo a lot? Piper has, I swear, gone poo at least 6 times today! I am now calling him Pooper, instead of Piper.

Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:13:02 PM
Unless I'm in on the credits, sometimes I mix up Richard Carlson and Hugh Marlowe.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:13:49 PM
Do dogs go poo a lot? Piper has, I swear, gone poo at least 6 times today! I am now calling him Pooper, instead of Piper.



It's a dog thang!   8)
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: MBarnum on December 31, 2005, 10:14:34 PM
Cotton, maroon colored pajamas from Target. Maroon thick cotton bathrobe also from Target. White socks. I don't know where my underwear is anymore.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:14:37 PM
Sara Shane will someday give us some important Allison Hayes information, too bad she gets too upset to talk about her personally.

Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:15:05 PM
Cotton, maroon colored pajamas from Target. Maroon thick cotton bathrobe also from Target. White socks. I don't know where my underwear is anymore.

I heard....EBAY.  :P
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:15:35 PM
Well, I am signing The Rose for a wedding in July, an outdoor wedding, and I am thinking about buying a Kurta. :)
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: MBarnum on December 31, 2005, 10:16:02 PM
Unless I'm in on the credits, sometimes I mix up Richard Carlson and Hugh Marlowe.

They were sort of interchangeable.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: MBarnum on December 31, 2005, 10:18:05 PM
Well, I am signing The Rose for a wedding in July, an outdoor wedding, and I am thinking about buying a Kurta. :)

They are very comfortable!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: MBarnum on December 31, 2005, 10:19:41 PM
Hmmm...I am trying to find a movie to watch that will get me to midnight..I really want to go to bed, but my friend George (from South Beach) wants to call me at midnight. So I had best stay awake.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: MBarnum on December 31, 2005, 10:21:26 PM
Hmmmm..should it be a Shirley Temple movie??

Or maybe an old Bela Lugosi film! Or a Hammer horror flick.

Or maybe a Blondie movie...haven't watched one of those in a long time.
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Post by: Ann on December 31, 2005, 10:22:00 PM
Happy New Year everyone!

Clothing check - soft dark grey pants, a light grey cotton long sleeve t-shirt, light purple undies.  
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: MBarnum on December 31, 2005, 10:23:53 PM
How about a page 9 Sara Shane dance!
(http://imagehost.vendio.com/bin/imageserver.x/00000000/thebrown/20051228sarahshanebirelys.jpg)
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Post by: Cillaliz on December 31, 2005, 10:23:54 PM
Well, I can stay awake no longer. I am off to sleep.  Happy New Year to one and all
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:26:17 PM
Sara Shane is a beauty!

BLONDIE sounds like a fun idea!  BLONDIE GOES LATIN!!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:27:09 PM
Oh I just bid on a Kurta for $1.04!  Maybe I will get it!  Interesting selection on EBAY...although several of them are PY-jammies!
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Post by: FJL on December 31, 2005, 10:29:23 PM
Wow, it took almost a half hour to catch up on posts!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:30:18 PM
Wow, it took almost a half hour to catch up on posts!

A great way to spend the first part of 2006, DR FJL!  ;D
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: TCB on December 31, 2005, 10:32:57 PM
Cotton, maroon colored pajamas from Target. Maroon thick cotton bathrobe also from Target. White socks. I don't know where my underwear is anymore.





I do!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 31, 2005, 10:34:14 PM
DR Ron Pulliam - Did you snag an extra Playbill? ;)

*And is my name listed in the staff listing? -under "Rehearsal Pianists"?

Ummm...sorry, but no.  To both questions.

As for Carmello, I believe she was out just for this matinee.  
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Ann on December 31, 2005, 10:35:27 PM
High Point and Low Points -


High Point - Above all else, (finally) changing Jed's title from DR to DB :D :D

Low Point - Losing my nanny job back in March.  

High Point - Finding my current job and getting promoted to a lead infant teacher.

Low Point - Dealing with the stress and bulls!@t that went along with that promotion.

High Point - Taking an impromtu trip to Reno over 4th of July weekend with DB Jed.  Neither of us had ever been, and it was a blast.  Truly one of the tackiest places we'd ever seen, but fun to experience.

High Point - Meeting the wonderful HHW folk at the Portland gathering.  Such grand and glorious times were had.

Low Point - Still being in the same apartment.  We need more space...

High Point - Spending my first Christmas bouncing back and forth between Jed's family and mine, having a marvelous time at each place.  

Low Point - Having the transmission go out in my beloved old Plymouth Acclaim.  

High Point - Getting a new (to me) 1996 Toyota Camry.  I'll pick it up a week from today :)

This really has been a good year, looking back.  Thank you all for brightening it with the entertaining, wonderful, and amusing goings on around this here site.  
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: FJL on December 31, 2005, 10:36:42 PM
So at one point I'm trying to explain to someone about the Last Starfighter CD, getting blank looks throughout the description, no recognition of the film's title, even the fact that it was Robert Preston's last film gets a quiet "Uh huh" - then I mention that it's on Bruce Kimmel's label, and I finally get some enthusiasm out of this person.  Lesson learned: mention Bruce's name early.

Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:38:19 PM
Live webcam from Paris!!!  See the Eiffel Tower on New Year's Morning!   8)

http://www.abcparislive.com/ (http://www.abcparislive.com/)
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: elmore3003 on December 31, 2005, 10:38:34 PM
Hmmm...I am trying to find a movie to watch that will get me to midnight..I really want to go to bed, but my friend George (from South Beach) wants to call me at midnight. So I had best stay awake.

There's always STATE FAIR!
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Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Ann on December 31, 2005, 10:39:15 PM
Oops, forgot a High Point - Seeing Sweeney Todd for DB Jed's birthday at the 5th Avenue in Seattle.  An amazing production, particularly the Sweeney himself.  
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: elmore3003 on December 31, 2005, 10:39:36 PM
Lesson learned: mention Bruce's name early.


It will get you into, or out of, some of the best establishments.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 31, 2005, 10:41:00 PM
Thank you, DR Ron, for the detailed review/report on LESTAT. Sounds very promising and I wish the production team and company well as thge run continues in SF and then on to Broadway!

Does the Playbill have the show's logo on it? I'm not sure I've seen the logo.
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Post by: Ann on December 31, 2005, 10:42:26 PM
No, there has been no New Years canoodling.......yet :D
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Post by: elmore3003 on December 31, 2005, 10:44:28 PM
They're showing SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE repeats.  Poor Ashlee Simpson can neither sing on pitch nor offer much comedy timing.
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on December 31, 2005, 10:45:19 PM
my sister Rikki -- My sister Tami

How did you escape being sister Penni?
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:46:57 PM


Terrific graphic!  And it looks even better on the marquee!!  I think we had a photo of it the other week....with DRJOSE's name featured!  ;D
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:47:40 PM
They're showing SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE repeats.  Poor Ashlee Simpson can neither sing on pitch nor offer much comedy timing.

I just call her Asslee....that seems to sum it up.  

Another "who is buying all these CD's" celebrity....  :P
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:49:17 PM
Okay....IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE is winding up, and we are headed into THE BLOB!  

Time for to go to bed!
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Post by: Jrand70 on December 31, 2005, 10:49:44 PM
Take it away, West Coast!  The coaxial cable is switching over.
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Post by: TCB on December 31, 2005, 10:56:11 PM


Good night, one and all!



HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 10:56:51 PM
Just one hour until 2006.  I think I'll stop doing the Lambada (The Forbidden Dance) and perhaps do... the LIMBO!  Now in Nike shorts and a haineshisway.com what is it fish t-shirt.
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Post by: FJL on December 31, 2005, 11:05:18 PM
I thought the Vatican said that LIMBO didn't exist any more.  

Isn't it now Limbo (The Forbidden Subject)?
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: FJL on December 31, 2005, 11:14:20 PM
And with my post number 1040...

Many happy returns of the New Year, everybody.

Good night.
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Post by: Charles Pogue on December 31, 2005, 11:18:33 PM
Back from our New Years Eve gathering which was very nice because we were with some of our nearest and dearest friends, but I'm with you, TCB...New Year's Eve has always beenmy least favourite holiday and it has always been that way for me since high school.  The Lovely Wife and I usually curl up with videos and never go out.  I made an exception tonight for the people we were with who I love to be around.  

Elmore, I plan to see Mrs. Henderson Presents soon.  I believe pal June Wilkinson go her start at the Windmille when she was a mere slip of a girl (was she ever a slip of a girl?) at 15.

Happy New Year Still To Come to the West Coast contingent.  Don't watch poor Dick Clark, unless you're a bit ghoulish.
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:29:23 PM
I must now do my ritual, and I will return just before midnight for the haineshisway.com ball drop.  Stay tuned.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: Sandra on December 31, 2005, 11:33:51 PM
Fresh fish everybody!!

The high point of 2005 was getting through Dr. C's Chamber of Horrors. The low point was every day I had to go to Dr. C's Chamber of Horrors.

Now I'm in somebody else's Chamber of Horrors for a winter break class. It's not a bad class, but it gets old being there for three and a half hours a day. I get to go on a field trip to an AA meeting. I am very excited.

We just got back from church's annual soup-tasting party. My mom's tomato soup was delicious. Then we played board games.

We have the ultimate noise-maker going now. The Wing CD somebody gave my mom for Christmas. She's singing Mama Mia.
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Post by: Sandra on December 31, 2005, 11:34:56 PM
Clothing check:

Green "Happy New Year" tiara. Purple lei. Pony Espresso T-shirt.
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Post by: Sandra on December 31, 2005, 11:35:29 PM
Page Ten Wing Sings Mama Mia Dance!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:48:11 PM
I'm back from the ritual and ready for the ball to drop.  Stand by.
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:48:29 PM
Ten minutes to 2006!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:48:41 PM
And now - Dino at the piano.
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:49:56 PM
Nine minutes to 2006!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:50:17 PM
I feel that the ball is ready to drop, but then I've felt that for years.
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:50:40 PM
Eight minutes to 2006!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:52:05 PM
Seven mintues to 2006!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:52:27 PM
Sandra, don't just sit there like so much fish, get up and shake your booty!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:52:49 PM
I'm shaking my booty - it's shaking the whole house.
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:53:00 PM
Six mintues to 2006!
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:53:32 PM
What am I, Dick Clark all of a sudden?

What am I, doing a monologue all of a sudden?
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:54:10 PM
Why is George just sitting there like so much fish?  Get off your butt cheeks and shake your booty, George!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:54:23 PM
Five minutes to 2006!
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Post by: Sandra on December 31, 2005, 11:54:28 PM
I'm shaking my booty to Wing singing Fernando.
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Post by: George on December 31, 2005, 11:54:29 PM
I just wanted to pop in before the West Coast midnight and will now catch up from where I left off before dinner (the end of page four!) and continue from here at the same time. ;D

I just got back to my house.  After dinner, we all came to my sister's house and watced a bit of a video of a Canadian group singing Christmas music that was taped off of TV.  They performed a version of Auld Lang Syne, with what is supposedly the original melody.  Very different than what is traditionally performed, but incredibly beautiful!  I want to get a copy of the video (it's actually available for purchase on DVD and CD) because it was all just so good!  I can't remember the name of the group, but it won't be hard to find out. ;)

I hope the first two US New Year's Eves were fun!  I guess I'll find out!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:54:40 PM
The ball is actively ready to drop.
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Post by: George on December 31, 2005, 11:54:56 PM
Five minutes to 2006!

[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]I'm Shakin' My Booty!! ;D[/move]
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:54:56 PM
Four minutes to 2006!
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Post by: George on December 31, 2005, 11:55:15 PM
I guess I should turn on the TV!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:55:40 PM
Shakin' our bootays!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:56:13 PM
Three minutes to 2006!  The balls are ready.
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:56:38 PM
Of course, if the haineshisway.com clock is off who knows how many minutes it is until 2006.
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Post by: George on December 31, 2005, 11:56:50 PM
I'm watching the local NBC affiliate and they're showing the Space Needle.  Instead of the ball dropping in New York, the elevator rises to the top and the fireworks go off.
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:56:57 PM
Two minutes to 2006!  The excitement is mounting.
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Post by: George on December 31, 2005, 11:57:49 PM
Less than a minute in Seattle!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:57:51 PM
Dino is getting ready to play Auld Lang Syne.
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:58:14 PM
One minute to 2006!  Balls, are you ready?
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Post by: George on December 31, 2005, 11:58:32 PM
I just found out that they're not using the elevator...they're just going to have some fireworks!!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:58:35 PM
Thirty seconds to 2006!
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Post by: bk on December 31, 2005, 11:58:59 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

And WELCOME 2006!
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Post by: Sandra on December 31, 2005, 11:59:26 PM
Fresh fish!!
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Post by: George on December 31, 2005, 11:59:27 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! ;D
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Post by: bk on January 01, 2006, 12:00:11 AM
The balls have all dropped.  It's official.  2006 is here, and I shall now post the first notes of the New Year.  Stay tuned...
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Post by: George on January 01, 2006, 12:00:52 AM
The fireworks from the Space Needle are pretty cool!
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Post by: George on January 01, 2006, 12:01:17 AM
2006...it's about freakin' time!



;)

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Post by: George on January 01, 2006, 12:04:05 AM
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
And days of auld lang syne, my dear,
And days of auld lang syne.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?

We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine.
We've wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin' auld lang syne.
Sin' auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin' auld lang syne,
We've wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin' auld ang syne.

We twa hae sported i' the burn,
From morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin' auld lang syne.
Sin' auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin' auld lang syne.
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin' auld lang syne.

And ther's a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie's a hand o' thine;
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Robert Burns
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Post by: George on January 01, 2006, 12:06:13 AM
Meanings

auld lang syne - times gone by
be - pay for
braes - hills
braid - broad
burn - stream
dine - dinner time
fiere - friend
fit - foot
gowans - daisies
guid-willie waught - goodwill drink
monie - many
morning sun - noon
paidl't - paddled
pint-stowp - pint tankard
pou'd - pulled
twa - two
Title: Re:NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
Post by: George on January 01, 2006, 12:08:46 AM
I don't know if anyone has already posted the lyrics...I haven't caught up from Page 4, yet.
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Post by: George on January 01, 2006, 12:09:40 AM
So, if they have already been posted, let me say:  "Oops! (that's Spoo! spelled backwards.)"  

 ;D