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 Post subject: Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:29 am 
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we watched the ball drop, had some Martinelli's apple cider and then I went strait to work.

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 Post subject: Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:53 am 
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I never hear the song "Auld Lang Zine" any more on New Years Eve. I have it on a couple of my Christmas records, but they never play it on the New Years tv count downs any more. I remember when I was a kid, Guy Lombardo was still alive, and his orchestra would play it at the stroke of the New Year. I think his orchestry played "Auld Lang Zine" up intil the mid 80s, and then they were replaced by a more "new fangled" song.

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 Post subject: Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:01 am 
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This year I found a channel that was broadcasting New Year's Eve on Beale Street in Memphis. They have a "guitar drop" there. I ended up watching that because the music (all Delta blues) was so much more appealing to me than what they play in Times Square.

I remember Guy Lombardo on New Year's Eve. I was a kid, but I liked that style of music better than the frenetic pop-star-of-the-moment they always show now.

Spooky, we always buy several different flavors of the Martinelli's sparkling fruit juices for our kids at New Year's. They love them. My husband and I bought a bottle of champagne, but then he fell asleep and I wasn't too interested in drinking it right before I went to bed. We ended up drinking it the following evening, with our New Year's meal.


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 Post subject: Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:07 am 
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The thing is, Rock & Roll, Jazz, Pop and Rythem & Blues are great types of music and all have their place. BUT, there's nothing wrong with a little tradition. "Auld Lang Zine" is a TRADITIONAL song for New Years Eve, and I see no reason why it shouldn't be enjoyed by the millions who enjoyed it when Guy Lombardo's orchestra played it. I know, I know, I'm an old "fuddy duddy," but at my age, I tend to be more set in my ways, and I LOVE TRADITION. I do NOT like new fangled encrocahments u pon the traditions that I love.

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 Post subject: Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:16 am 
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I did hear Auld Lang Syne this year, but I don't think I heard it at midnight. Maybe earlier in the day, while I was watching Sunday Morning and they were talking about it. (We did go to church, but it was a short service on New Year's, so we were able to watch some Sunday morning TV, too.)

I'm not sure that Times Square doesn't still play Auld Lang Syne at midnight. It's just that you have to wade through all those other acts before you get to midnight, and I usually don't like them. I don't dislike all rock or pop music at all, but I am not a huge fan of it, either. So often they hire the most current performers, and those are people I either don't recognize or don't care about. I am no connaissuer of blues, either, but it just seemed, IDK, gentler and easier to listen to late at night. Maybe the Times Square broadcast is too raucous for me.


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 Post subject: Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR
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Murf, you and I must be in differnet time zones, because New York is an hour ahead of where I'm located. I watch the Chicago count down, and they don't have a falling ball. They light off fireworks. I toss a lit pack of firecrackers out my back door at the same time.

I only watch the New Years count down for about the last half an hour or 20 minutes, becasue it just doesn't interest me beyond the count down. They did have some really great Chicago Blues bands performing, but the MC wouldn't shut up and let me enjoy it, so I usualy only watch for the count down, and t hen I go back to the History Channel or what ever else I was viewing that evening.


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 Post subject: Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR
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I'm on Central Time. New York is an hour ahead of me, too. But most years they replay the countdown for Central Time Zone folks, or delay the broadcast an hour.

This year, though, I watched Memphis, which was--not local, of course--but still within the state and the region--and in the same time zone.

When I was a kid, Times Square was the only game in town on New Year's Eve. Increasingly, however, I think people are going to regional broadcasts.


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 Post subject: Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR
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Our big event this year was a motorcycle/snowmobile jump here at midnight. It got a little iffy cuz a really bad fog started moving in before the jump, but they made it. Both riders broke the world records. The snowmobile jumped 412 feet! That's considerably longer than the length of a football field.

Mike may enjoy the video since he's a bike guy...

http://espn.go.com/action/story/_/id/7409827/new-year-no-limits


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 Post subject: Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR
 Post Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:44 am 
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Murf, there was allways a New Years count down in Chicago for as long as I can remember. That's the one I watched, because it's in the same state as I'm in. The Times square party was on one of the local chanels at 11:00 am, but they prempted it when it was time for the local New Year count down. That's fine with me. As I said, I only watch that party on tv long enough to ring in the New Year. After the New Year is rung in, I light off my fire crackers, call my people, and burn the old calender, I go back to more interesting programming, or I put on some music and party hearty. (without drinking, of course) Next year my niece and her little one may be joining me, which would be fun, but I hope that if she does, she will take me up on the offer of using my guest room, because we get a lot of drunks out on New Years Eve.

Nevermore, I would love to check out that video and will do so when I'm home, and can do it. The video viewing soft wear on my computer at work is not functioning properly, so I have to wait until I'm home, but I will. I do love motorcycle shows, and I did use to ride a snow mobile years ago. I rented one back in the Winter of 87. We had an unusualy heavy local snow storm. I was living in Morris at the time, and the Community College where I work was closed, so I rented a snow mobile. It was a real blast. Swore I would get my own some day, but as you all may know, there's no such day as "some day." Besides, I get a lot more oportunties to ride my motorcycle then I would to ride a snow mobile. Right now, if I owned a snowmobile, I would be pretty disappointed.

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