Happy New Year’s Eve!!!

Happy New Year’s Eve to all of our blog family. We will be spending New Year’s Eve at home this year — preparing for our annual New Year’s party on January 1st. I will be toasting to everyone on our extended blog family.

Tonight Leslie and I will share our traditional bottle of Schramsberg Sparkling wine. This is my wedding anniversary. Thirteen years ago, Leslie and I eloped on New Year’s Eve after eight years years of dating. (There is an ongoing dispute over calculating the event, I insist that this is our 21th anniversary but Leslie insists on not counting the eight years of dating). We always celebrate with a bottle of J. Schrams. This was the bottle I bought after we got hitched at Alexandria City Hall. I used my house school ring.

We are expecting 150 friends to share in Wasabi Bloody Marys) and our traditional soup: The Bowl of the Wife of Kit Carson Soup. I am cooking two turkeys now to put into the soup.

Everyone drive carefully and have fun. I will be giving a toast to our entire blog family tonight (and, of course, my marriage).

42 thoughts on “Happy New Year’s Eve!!!”

  1. Buckeye,

    Regarding Margaritas: Very funny. (I trust you’d had a few… 🙂 )

    A great thread and good place to spend a few minutes on a dreary day.

    Good people on this blog…

  2. To My Democrat Friends:

    Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2011, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

    To My Republican Friends:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

  3. Happy New Year to all our blawg regulars (and those who aspire to be) and to our urbane host who well-tends the drinking hole that keeps us coming back. Congratulations also to JT and Leslie on the occasion of their anniversary.

    I am continually enriched by my time here, and always amazed at the thoughtful, witty, and decent people I meet here on a daily basis. Judging by the quality of discourse and the strength of character portrayed here, the Republic is safe for at least one more year.

    On JT’s toast to us, right back at you there captain:

    Ave et carpe annus!

  4. In the Middle Ages, New Year’s Day was celebrated on March 25 in most European towns.[7] In some areas of France, New Year’s was a week-long holiday ending on April 1.[6] So it is possible that April Fools originated because those who celebrated on January 1 made fun of those who celebrated on other dates.[8] The use of January 1 as New Year’s Day was common in France by the mid-sixteenth century,[4] and this date was adopted officially in 1564 by the Edict of Roussillon.

    And the party continues…..


  5. FFLEO, Well, here’s something from 2003, maybe it will do. 2003 was cool because they launched fireworks from the tower, it was kinda’ unsafe and crazy- ya’ gotta love NY.

    Dredd and Mike A, nice to see you! Have a Happy!


  6. How romantic. Happy anniversary, professor, and may you have many more.

    Happy New Year to everyone and drive safely. I hope I’m not too late to pass on the following information:


    Margaritas are the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about yourself and your actions.

    Margaritas can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that you’re ready and willing to do just about anything.

    You will notice the benefits of Margaritas almost immediately and with a regimen of regular doses you can overcome any obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want to live. Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will discover many talents you never knew you had.

    Stop hiding and start living with Margaritas.

    Margaritas may not be right for everyone.

    Side effects may include

    Dizziness, nausea, vomiting and incarceration

    Loss of Motor control
    Loss of clothing
    Loss of Money
    Table dancing
    Dehydration, dry mouth and a desire to sing Karaoke

    WARNING: The consumption of 20 Margaritas may make you think you are whispering when you are not.

    WARNING: The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.

    WARNING: The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to mistakenly think you can sing.

    WARNING: The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to believe you can logically converse with the opposite sex without spitting.

    After careful research, one has learned that red wine and champagne may be interchangeable with the product – Margarita.

    Please drink responsibly.

  7. Hey folks,

    Since I aint got no TV, is they a’gonna be one of them big shiney New Yerk tipe ballz a’ droppin’ ‘sheer on the Turley Blawg at midnite?

  8. I had to give up the hard stuff many years ago, but I’ll happily lift up a glass of sparkling grape juice tonight in appreciation for Prof. Turley and the entire cast of bloggers on this site, and wish each and every one of you a New Year better than the old.

  9. Whelp, I wood toast y’all with hot chocklate but I aint bin tuh town ‘n wayks n’ muh milks dun a’ soured. The powderd’ milk I cud use with muh desert well water dun ‘xpired 10-yar ‘go n’ hits full o’ weebills.

    Tharfore, with unstained, salty, hard, hand-dug well water with plenty o’ natchurl protein n’ hit, I toast the dadgumdist, bestist bunch o’ folks I have knowed ‘n sighberspace

    My hero–desert Pete

  10. Happy New Year too!!! 🙂

    Any speculations on the number of American victims that will lose their lives or get injured on the roads this weekend from drunk drivers?

  11. Well all the best in the new year to everyone here, has to its been very nice an informative reading and commenting on some of the stories

    Hope its a safe & happy new years eve for all and that the coming year is good to everyone here…………..all the best…..

  12. Happy Anniversary, Prof. and Mrs. Turley.

    May your marriage age like a fine wine but your romance remain as fresh as spring breezes, gentle as starlight and as wondrous as the universe.

    And Happy New Year to all. Even most, if not all, of the trolls. But an especially Happy New Year to Mike S. and his lovely wife Max. Having your wit and wisdom moving in the the new year is a blessing and a boon to us all. Try not to scare us this year, Mike. 😉

    I shall return to the mysteries of blogging in the New Year, but for now I return to the mysteries of unpacking.

  13. Happy New Year All.

    Best wishes for a safe healthy and happy new year.

    I thought I’d take this opportunity to give just
    one more PUn!!

    Ladies, I hope you are sitting down.
    Gentlemen, sitting is optional.


    I guess that’s another year down the ole


    Sorry, but someone had to say it.

  14. Some great slides of the fireworks in Australia, Singapore and other cities…

    New Year’s Eve 2010: First Cities Celebrate New Year

    AP/The Huffington Post | TANALEE SMITH
    First Posted: 12-31-10 09:16 AM | Updated: 12-31-10 12:33 PM


    “Sydney touted its claim to be the New Year’s Eve capital of the world with a spectacular display over the iconic Harbour Bridge using 7 tons of fireworks, its largest since 2000.

    “Stunning, beautiful,” said Cinthya Romo, 32, a Sydney-based interpreter from Chile who watched the 12-minute fireworks show from the Opera House.”

  15. Happy Anniversary to both you and your wife, Professor Turley. And Happy New Year’s Eve to all on this lovely blog. May it be a safe and satisfying one.

  16. Happy New Years to all. For those that drink and those that think they can, here’s a toast to your most. May the ones who watch after you, do so with the most diligent care.

  17. Happy new year to all from the Blue Ridge country. May everyone have a safe and fun celebration, with prosperity and good health to follow.

    Sláinte Mhaith

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