Auld Lang Syne

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Work is still koo-koo-krazy but I have a few minutes and I wanted to reach out and make sure y'all are behaving out here.

Saturday, Nancy and I spent the whole day cooking fudge to send off to family members. We made 8 batches, with me doing the measuring and the cleaning of the pot between batches.

When we were done, we were both exhausted.

I will be in Dallas next week printing our 2010 mailings. I have informed the printer to expect us to be there around the clock so that we can finish by Wednesday. Last thing I want to do is have to fly on New Year's Eve.

NYE has always been amateur night as far as I am concerned. I have rarely gone out that evening...the desire to go out and spend the evening with people who basically only went out once a year (why I call it amateur night) was not - to me - a pleasure...

Well there was the 8+ years I was a DJ and worked that night. There was one bar/hall that I did a lot of parties for, located in northern NJ and they hired me specifically every NYE.

This was great because I ended up knowing many of the people who came there to party. I did many of their weddings or anniversaries or birthdays over the years.

This was a fun group and on that night I would indulge in a few cocktails.

I miss being the leader of the party like that...but also have enjoyed the years when I did my 7-course meal party at home.

Last year we held one of those at Nancy's and it was the first time I actually had help in putting the party together. In years when I had done it in the past, help was not forthcoming...but now..WOW!

Then there was the one year (1992) where 10 of us went to St. Thomas and spent NYE celebrating in the Caribbean.

At midnight I was able to accomplish something I always thought about...I grabbed a bottle of Champagne and walked into the ocean, fully dressed, and sat down and drank the bottle. Only one dear friend Lynne, decided to join me - so the two of us killed a bottle in about 15 minutes!

This year we are going very very quiet...just the two of us...a few bottles of Champagne and some tasty treats along with a few movies...

What are your plans for New Year's Eve?

Robert Burns' Original Poem:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne ?

For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp !
and surely I’ll be mine !
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.


We twa hae run about the braes,
and pu’d the gowans fine ;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot,
sin auld lang syne.


We twa hae paidl’d i' the burn,
frae morning sun till dine ;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere !
and gie's a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
for auld lang syne.


20 Of Your Sparks

  1. Mimi Lenox Says:
  2. My plans are a secret.
    Even to me.

    I am grateful for your friendship this year. I am grateful that you and Nancy provide a tangible compass of hope to those (like me) who still want to find that connection with someone. It has been a joy to watch the two of you blossom into this lovely coupling.
    Enjoy. Enjoy. Enjoy.

  3. Mimi Lenox Says:
  4. Forgot...
    Happy New Year!

  5. Dana Says:
  6. Behaving? Us? Your kidding, right?!

    It will likely be a quiet NYE here too, but instead of champagne will have to pour the sparkling cider!

  7. Dianne Says:
  8. Oy!! I never think about NYE until after Christmas

    Merry Merry kiddo

  9. MIMI: Hope your plans - whatever they are - are sweet and wonderful

    I told you 2010 = The Year Of The Mimi

    DANA: LOLOLOLOL cider or are with someone you love and that is what counts

    DIANNE: And to you also dear friend

  10. ...I'm not sure what I WAS going to do, but now I just wanna sit in the ocean with my clothes on and swill a jug of somethin'!...Merry Christmas, Good Sir!...

  11. Merry Merry to you and Nancy and the boys =)

    You know when I move to Atlanta I am gonna be at your door every New Years for that dinner, right?

  12. Vinny, I wish you and Nancy a very Merry Christmas and happy and healthy New Year!

    Thanks for commenting on that house with all the lights on my blog. Lots of cars DO drive by but when a car tried to park in front of the house I told them to move on I was trying to take pictures... And you know what? they did move on. Can you believe that, Vin? I was polite though. :)

  13. Jay Says:
  14. I rarely go out anywhere on NYE. Too many drunk idiots out. Last time was in San Antonio in 2001. Went to a party thrown by people I didn't even know, but had a blast. Every 15 minutes we did tequila shots.

    Not, just any tequila. These people were Mexicans. They had the good stuff that they brought back from the old country specifically for NYE. That was a pretty good time.

  15. Ken Says:
  16. We keep it simple around here, just the three of us grateful to have each other. And of course this NYE will be 10 years smoke free.

    Happy Happy Holidays to you, Nancy and all the family.

  17. BeckEye Says:
  18. I still have no idea what "auld lang syne" means. But whatever, have a good holiday!

  19. Amateur night it is, including St. Pat's Day. Ugh. I hate being out on either day/night.

    No special NYE plans here. We never have them. It's just the four of us and whatever we decide to do.

    So, when can I expect my package of fudge? *grin*

    Merry Christmas and Happy Near Year's to you and darlin' Nancy.

  20. Tug Says:
  21. Merry Christmas Vinny, & thank you for the beautiful card! I didn't get them out this year, but plan to again next.

    This is the first New Year's Eve in awhile I'll be with the family, enjoying the kiddos - usually I have to work the next day, but this year I get a weekend. NICE.

    Happy 2010!

  22. Jeff B Says:
  23. With two young boys at home, we will be spending the evening in. Probably rent a couple of movies and stay up long enough to ring in the new year. Not terribly exciting, but it is a safe way to celebrate.

    Merry Christmas to you and Nancy.

  24. AtriaBooks Says:
  25. Merry Christmas, Vinny to you and Nancy and the whole family. Thanks for the awesome year and here's to a bigger and better 2010!

  26. Fred Says:
  27. Merry Christmas to you, Nancy, and the family, Vinny.

    As far as New Year's Eve, we haven't gone out in many years. We prefer a nice quiet evening enjoying each others company.

  28. Sitting in the ocean drinking champagne? How can anyone possibly top that?

    Happy New Year to you and Nancy.

    On a separate note, you really should get your address changed or something when Starr moves to Atlanta. As persistent as she is, I doubt she's kicking about that knocking on the door thing.

  29. amynoroom Says:
  30. The fudge sounds delish!! Hope you and Nancy have a Happy New Year!!!

  31. Lu' Says:
  32. Happy Merry New Year Sir. We will be home I hope. Weather should be snowy. Hubs has a trap shoot Saturday.

  33. Liz Hill Says:
  34. Ours will be quiet as we were running around on Christmas Day after hosting Christmas Eve lunch for the fam here.

    Just us--a fire--some Champers for me and LIT for B---ah--it will be delicious!

    We miss y'all.



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