Happy New Year – 2010

Do You Realize…

I love the ecstatic humanity expressed in this video, and it contains many of my hopes for 2010…

Do You Realize – that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize – we’re floating in space
Do You Realize – that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize – that everyone you know someday will die

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes – let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It’s hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun don’-go down
It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do You Realize – that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize…

Lyrics from “Do You Realize” by The Flaming Lips

Don’t wait for tomorrow to appreciate and support those you love today. Let them know you realize… and remember – You have the most beautiful face!

The Once In A Blue Moon New Year’s Eve Party – 2009 into 2010

The Once In A Blue Moon New Year's Eve Party Logo

We spent the last hours of 2009 with some good friends at our The Once In A Blue Moon New Year’s Eve Party.

We talked, ate and drank, counted down til Midnight, had the iTunes playing a New Year’s Eve party playlist, cheered with Champagne, ate sauerkraut for good luck and everyone went home safely with a commemorative button in the early morning hours…

Here’s a small selection of photos… A few friends that arrived just before midnight or later didn’t make it into our photos from the night (we set the camera down somewhere and forgot about it…)

We finally fell asleep around 3:30-4:00 in the morning and didn’t wake until noon.

Our dogs, Moseley and Suki, had a great time too and have spent the whole day today sleeping… just the thing to do on New Year’s Day.

Thank you to all that attended our party, we were honored that you choose to spend New Year’s Eve with us!

2009 – Hope, Change and Let Them Eat Cake

I read a bunch of good articles today that did a fine job of reflecting on the sorry state of affairs that we call the first decade of the new millennium… here’s a few of them:

The End Of A Decade: We Are All Harry Whittington – Jason Linkins

A few weeks ago, Newsweek produced a video, which condensed the major news events of the past decade into one seven-minute mashup video. This interested me! So, I merrily sat down at my desk, queued it up, and prepared to watch it unfold. At the time, I thought: “Oh, this will be fun.”

It was not fun. Not at all. You know what? This past decade was pretty terrible!

Read more here… The End Of A Decade: We Are All Harry Whittington

A Decade Far Worse Than a “Big Zero” (1999-2009) – Joseph A. Palermo

…What we had in the 2000s was far, far worse than a “Big Zero.” The last ten years have been so miserable for the United States that a “Big Zero” would be an immeasurable improvement compared to what we got. If we could freeze time and move the country back to January 1999 it would be like hitting the jackpot! With all its squandered wealth, wasted lives, despoiled environment, growing inequality, and a Supreme Court stacked to favor corporate power, a “Big Zero” is a distant, unattainable goal.

Read more here… A Decade Far Worse Than a “Big Zero” (1999-2009)

The Jack Bauer Decade – John McQuaid

Revenge fantasies are durable, reliable entertainments because they allow us to experience actions that aren’t allowed in real life, and that most of us wouldn’t truly want to experience even if given the chance.┬áThat would be fine if we were just talking about pop culture. But during the 2000s, the revenge fantasy escaped the realm of fiction. It┬ácame to dominate our politics and — for a while — overturned centuries of established U.S. policy and tradition toward prisoners.

Read more here… The Jack Bauer Decade

And here’s one for New Year’s Day…

Decembuary 0: A Cure for the World’s Hangover – Una LaMarche

…Which brings me to Decembuary 0. This should take the place of the traditional January 1st, and act as a sort of transitional day between the years. This way, you can feel awful and disgusting and piss away your day watching TV in the same pants you’ve been wearing for the past 36 hours without feeling like the new year is getting off to an discouraging start.

Read more here… Decembuary 0: A Cure for the World’s Hangover

But that’s all behind us now – it’s 2010 now – a new decade and a new year with new possibilities, as they say…

Happy New Year!

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