Wednesday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr , 1:02 PM GMT on December 26, 2007

Why doesn't the Christmas holiday last three or four days? I'm dead tired here at work, our house looks like a department store exploded. We have this tradition that all gifts stay in the living room so, they aren't buried in rooms and closets, as the toys are played with etcetera, they find their new homes and it's evident that even though we tried to cut back this year we didn't do a good job. The kids had a wonderful day, playing and more playing, we had a nice dinner with friends which included Kyle and me fishing and we came home and Becky falling asleep as we drove home and then she passed out in our bed at 8 pm. I set Cassie up with a book and got Kyle set up with his DVD player in his bed and I crashed about 9 pm and I'm as tired this morning as if I hadn't slept at all.

We get ready for one more holiday, New Years and this one I don't like. What is the importance of a new year? Why is it attached to a day and not an event? Why not start the New Year at winter solstice, the shortest day of the year? I could understand that. I can understand the start of hurricane season; why not make that the New Year then? At least make New Years around an event and not some arbitrary day that arranges a calendar all neat and pretty. Now don't get me wrong, I'll stay up until midnight, I love the football and I'll watch the Rose Parade but I don't understand the big Deal of a "New Year." The only memorable New Year to me was the turn of the century and that was only due to the hype of the computer age coming to an end because of their internal clocks. (Yes, I also knew it wasn't going to happen, but the press had done a good job of hyping the fear factor.) There's no meaning in my mind that January 1st is anything significant and so this leads to the QOD:

What meaning does New Years have for you and what are your plans?

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65. sp34n119w
5:35 AM GMT on December 27, 2007
So that's why people shoot guns on New Year's Eve, huh? Killing the old year - who knew?

Many years ago, a friend of mine had to work the night of New Year's Eve. He and his wife lived in a mobile home and she was awakened at midnight by the sound of gunshots. She knew what that was about so rolled over and went back to sleep. When my friend arrived home in the early morning he went in to wake her and saw a hole through his pillow - right where his head would have been. She freaked and they moved into an apartment with a "real" roof before the next New Year's Eve came around.
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64. ShenValleyFlyFish
10:47 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Only part of New Year's that has any meaning for me is going out at 12:00 and "Killing Off" the old year by blasting off a shotgun. It's an old mountain hollow thing that I've done for years. One year well into our partnership my children's mother and I wound up living adjacent to a true mountain hollow. When I stepped out into the yard to blast off you could hear booms going off all over the place. Children's Mother confessed she had believed all along it was something I had made up. Just one more case of not understanding each other. LOL

I actually think the solstice makes the most sense as start of new year as I suspect it was used in many cultures for many more years than since the Gregorian Calendar messed everything up.
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63. SBKaren
10:11 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Thanks for the reminder MB...so is mine...due on the 4th. Thank goodness you can do it online now...I HATE going to the DMV.
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62. ricderr
8:14 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
LOL......there you go mb...is that a cause for celebration?
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61. mbailey
8:09 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
I just thought of something real significance associated with New Year's Day. My pick-up truck registration will be expired.
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60. ricderr
7:57 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
WHAT????...YOU WANT MORE?????......I FIGURED CHRISTMAS WAS GOOD ENOUGH :-)
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59. AllHailMom
7:54 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
New Year's Day means that there are only two days left to shop for my birthday! Get with the program dude.
58. OSHNBLU
6:57 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
happy day after ric and all!
03 that should be your new avatar..LOL

Back when I worked resturant/bars, we'd call New Years Eve Amateur Nite...Tho' the $$$ was usually fantastic.

New Years is a time for me to look back and look ahead..could it be a birthday, yes, but maybe it is the collective reflection that makes it different. Planning on a quiet evening, probably asleep before the ball drop. Will wake you to the fireworks and go to bed.
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57. weatherguy03
6:48 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
ME!


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56. TRT
6:46 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Good afternoon Ricderr,

Your question, “What meaning does New Years have for you and what are your plans?”

Just another man made holiday as they all are. I will most likely watch it pass as the rest of the world does and ponder the age old question “what will the new year user in for us all.”

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55. SBKaren
6:34 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
catfur - and most of our toys didn't require batteries or talk to us....they required us to use our imaginations!

Thank goodness Lego's are still around!
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54. catfuraplenty
6:34 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Bailey, you dog, you stole my idea! LOL
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53. catfuraplenty
6:33 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Weebles always wobble but they don't fall down. :) and rockum sockum robots and it's slinky, it's slinky its a magic and wonderful toy it's great for a girl or a boy and silly putty jacks marbels pick up sticks Lincoln logs erector sets

We had a lot of fun back then before we knew everything was supposed to kill us. LOL
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52. mbailey
6:30 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
I never had a Weeble that wobbled but I did have Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots!
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51. meltemi
6:19 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
LOL! I totally have that song stuck in my head now...
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50. Sheraqueenofthebeach
6:09 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
SOMEONE ELSE who remembers Weebles! Woo Hoo!
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49. meltemi
6:03 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
I dont fall down, just wobble alittle:)

bob's a weeble!
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48. weatherguy03
5:51 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
I dont fall down, just wobble alittle:)
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47. Sheraqueenofthebeach
5:44 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
I'm not really crazy about falling down drunk people either Ric, and I am thankful I won't have to drive my own car.....
But I'd rather get a "drunk" person home safe than attend the funeral of another.
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46. ricderr
5:41 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
SHERA...except that i hate to be around drunk people..that would be a cool thing...i was just talking with my salesman..and he decribed what will probably go down in my house....try to watch one of the specials...fall asleep around 11...wake up at 12;15..wake up the spouse....say happy new year..and go back to sleep..LOL
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45. catfuraplenty
5:40 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
New Year represents to me, a chance to wipe the slate clean. Forget the bad stuff that happened in 2007 and move forward. That doesn't mean I have the rosey glow about 2008 but it it does mean I am trying not to hold onto the things that drag us down. What is past is past and there's nothing to gain from dwelling (except depression, high blood pressure, heart disease...lovely huh).

So, the New Year is a new beginning. Plus what other day of the year do I get to say, "I'm going to lose weight," grab a cookie and while chewing say, "I'll start tomorrow." :)

Catfuraplenty
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44. Sheraqueenofthebeach
5:38 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Happy Monday...err.....Wednesday....

For New Year's, I'm on the "list" for free designated driver calls...... might be an all nighter.

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43. grimmdogg23
5:33 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
I like the fact that game didn't have any dice. It had that cool little spinning wheel. Dice get lost too easy...lol
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42. weatherguy03
5:24 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Maybe 27 will let you join in?? Hmmm...
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41. grimmdogg23
5:18 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Only thing New Year's means to me is beer, football, and laying around and watching football...LOL

BTW, where can I play this Game Of Life? Is it strictly a 2 person game? Can it be a 1 person game? I thought most board games allowed 4 people to play.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas.

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40. outrocket
4:14 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
38. ihave27windows 10:07 AM CST on December 26, 2007
LOL....it doesn't matter, as long as you're having fun, right?



fun beats materialism any day!!!!
Materialism cost money all you spend on fun is smiles....
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39. mbailey
4:13 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
The way I see it, if you miss an opportunity to play the Game of Life, you can never have it back. You can't make it up, it's just lost.
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38. ihave27windows
4:07 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
LOL....it doesn't matter, as long as you're having fun, right?
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37. toddluck
4:06 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
mornin ric
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36. outrocket
4:04 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
why do I picture 27 in the pink car full of siblings headed toward millionaire acres just to be detoured by a ghost to the poor farm?
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35. Appalachiangypsy
4:04 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
I think it how we go A Barrel Of Monkeys 27 ;)
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34. ihave27windows
4:01 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
It's more fun than A Barrel Of Monkeys Bob.
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33. weatherguy03
3:57 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
The Game of Life huh??..LOL I can see you must of played that game alot over the years!!
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32. PBG00
3:56 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
better than being groped by old people like ric.....lol


LOLOL Rocket
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31. ricderr
3:56 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
OLD AND GROUCHY PEOPLE 03...GET IT RIGHT...lol
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30. ihave27windows
3:55 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Hello, hope everyone had a nice Christmas.

New Years......hmmmmmmmm. My husband takes me for a nice dinner. Then we come home and play the Game of Life.....that's what my kids call it anyway. lol
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29. PBG00
3:54 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
We missed it by an hour...News crew was there and I thought..thank God we didn't get it cause I look horrible!

We have a family b-day party..the big kiddie one will be when they are all back in school.
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28. weatherguy03
3:52 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
I dont get drunk and drive, dont worry. Honestly, I dont drink very much anymore. If it didnt have many calories it would be great, can they make Low Cal Alcohol??
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27. outrocket
3:50 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
I dont want to be grouped with old people like Ric:)
...

better than being groped by old people like ric.....lol
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26. SBKaren
3:50 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Bob - be careful, every time you get drunk you kill some brain cells...and they don't come back unless you work really hard! Just promise me you don't get in a car ...... my kids could be out there ... well, not in Florida, but out there somewhere.
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25. weatherguy03
3:48 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Now dont get me wrong I still like getting drunk, but not on New Years Eve. Just wanted to clarify that, I dont want to be grouped with old people like Ric:)
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24. SBKaren
3:46 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
I worked one New Year's Eve in Harvey's Casino in Lake Tahoe (when we lived there). Normally I worked in the Gift Shoppe Office M-F during the day, but they offered me a coat check job for the night. I remember doing quite well in tips. But boring as all get out.
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22. SBKaren
3:44 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Don't really consider January 1st as the new year. I always consider my birthday to be the beginning of my new year. After all, your birthday is really the day you have turned a certain age, and begin the early stages of a new age. Think about it. When a child turns 1, they are then 1 full year old. The day after their birthday is the first day of their second year.

Gave up on resolutions long ago. I can make and break them any time of the year.

I have never been so drunk that I don't know what I am doing on New Year's Eve. I have only been that drunk twice in my life, both times when I was young enough to not be smart enough.

As a teacher, my year really begins in September and ends in late June. I still can't get that out of my head.

I've seen the ball fall in Times Square enough to know what it looks like, so IF I make it I watch it, but I'm usually asleep. What I like is seeing all the fireworks go off all over the world. That is pretty to me and since midnight falls at all different times all around this blue globe of ours, I'm bound to see a few from somewhere.

I don't like crowds, so we've never been anywhere but home or perhaps at a friends, within very short driving distances on New Year's Eve.

I do enjoy watching the Rose Parade on News Years Morning, but I don't sit down to watch it. It's on the TV as background. I've been to it once, as a child, and have gone up to see the floats afterward many times. They truly are impressive to see up close. I've always wanted to work on a float, so maybe I'll try for that some day. Don't watch football.

So, was that more than you wanted to know?
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21. Appalachiangypsy
3:43 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Morning!
I have to work New Years Eve and Day so I will proabally pass out way before midnight. *sigh*
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20. seflagamma
3:35 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
How do you do birthday parties on New year's Day???

my sister's BD is Jan 3rd and is was so hard to have a party for her because usually School has just started back and everyone was so tired of parties from the Christmas and New Year's holidays they didn't want to go to another on on Jan 3rd. And then she got all of her presents for the year within a two week time frame!

the good thing was if she didn't get something she wanted for Christmas, she knew it was coming for her birthday!
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19. seflagamma
3:34 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Goo your youngest was a New Years Day baby???

Were you the first so you won all those presents the first child of the New year gets????
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18. homegirl
3:33 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Howdy all! Had a very busy Christmas running from place to place and watching the kids tear open all the gifts...it was fabulous! Exhausting, but fabulous. I hope everyone's Christmas was just as great.

New Years for us is just like Bob's...going to a family friendly gathering.
I used to get piss drunk and not remember much New Year's Eve and then watch football all the next day. I will still be doing the latter. ;)
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17. PBG00
3:30 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Ric..Ric..Ric..Now what would this place be without a little husband bashing.....It's good for the soul.


We will watch the ball drop and eat some good food(haven't decided on the menu yet.)Chill out and let the kids go nuts.

Then I will waste about 20 or so checks before it sinks in that it is not 2007 anymore..
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16. seflagamma
3:22 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
And I don't make Resolutions because if I say I am going to do something and start it in January, it won't happen LOL!

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15. seflagamma
3:22 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
LOL Good morning Ric and friends.

I'm on vacation this week and next week so I will not be blogging from work LOL

New Years is important because you have to have a start and stop to the year... it cannot be one year for all of eternity; that would screw up our historical dates, etc. LOL



during all my New Years Eve and New Years Day events we have probably stayed home the majority of them. But we did have several years we went out to something special.

During the college, pre-children, years we would go out or usually go over to a friends' house. For the most part we would not go out to bars or public events..just too dangerous and expensive.


When the kids were young, I would make them a New Year's Eve party at home...Like goo said with the pots and pans and rattles and confettie, etc.

I've spent several New year's Eve in a Church Service as well.

for past 20 years, sometimes us neighbors get together; we are all in crawling distance of our homes. And hubby and I do stay home more often than not. We get our New Years Eve Stone Crabs and champagne.

New Years Day, I usually rest, veg out, watch movies or HGTV, hubby watches football.
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