Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Eve ....

62 comments:

SCOTTtheBADGER said...

I can't believe this, it's only Friday night, and 3 DUI and a fight. I am not looking forward to  Saturday night.

Surfcaster said...

Good luck Badger.

I'm staying off the road. I spend enough time driving at 2-3 am dodging drunks that I'll happily stay off road on Varsity Night.

maogwai cat said...

Amateur Night. We will stay onboard the boat tonight and not leave the slip. Happy New year to all!

sid said...

Its already 30 minutes past New Years in Guam as I type...

Partyyyy!!!!

Old Nuke said...

Don't worry kid ... it happens to everyone... well most .... well some ....Don't worry kid.

Old Nuke said...

I stay off the roads on New Years Eve ever since I went to a party in Virginia Beach and then had to avoid the A$$E$ on the way back to Newport News.  I am not sure who is at the most risk.  Those who drink and drive or those who do not drink, but have to dodge those that do.

Happy New Year to all on the porch.

Byron said...

I will be safe and sound at home. I haven't been out and about after 2000 on New Year Eve in a long damn time.

Byron said...

Old Nuke, you would think you'd be safe, what with that sickly green glow and all :)

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Oh Jesus.....

The excitement this year will be lying in bed reading "Artillery Tactics in the First World War" by 2200, and how Hindenburg's commanders developed barrage techniques to support the new stosstruppentaktik.

The zany hijinks never stop with me.

DeltaBravo said...

URR, you are my kind of party dude!  Haha.  My book of choice is I'm finally getting around to reading Known and Unknown. 

DeltaBravo said...

Be a safe badger out there!

Grandpa Bluewater said...

We are having a party.  The Grandparents and child care contributors of the tribe.  We shall gather at 8ish and watch the ball in Times Square (EST) on the TV, which will give us 2 hours to get home while the drunks are still drinking, and we have to get to bed. We need to get up early for the Rose Bowl parade.

We even invited the family Solicitor and the widow lady next door. The retired preacher's wife is bringing funny hats for all.

Back to dusting and vacuuming...

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Oh, and apparently there is a marathon of the Walking Dead.  Starts at 1100.  Nothing says "Happy New Year" like the decaying flesh of the undead.

DeltaBravo said...

I'm still trying to figure out what our national obsession with dead bodies says about America's culture as 2011 comes to a close.  The plenitude of zombie, vampire movies and the fact that 2 of every 3 shows on tv centers around investigating dead bodies.... things that make you go "hmmm...."

Naval_Historian said...

The Missus and I will be observing the GMT New Year this evening; she should never be confused with a night owl. Happy New Year to everybody on the Front Porch.

Naval_Historian said...

Pope John Paul called it the "culture of death" and there's a lot of truth in that. Look at all the vampire, werewolf and witchcraft movies out in the last 10 years or so; Western society has obtained an obsession with death and the occult.

MR T's Haircut said...

Like Eddie Murphy said in Trading Places.. "Merry New Year!  HAHAHA!"

Byron said...

I never got it...dead is dead and all the wishing in the world wouldn't make one come back from it...save for His Son, and that's kind of a one time thing.

James said...

Not really i think it comes down to something very realistic and understandable.

Zombies are always evil. Simple.

You are good to kill a zombie.

As for people who watch them over and over no clue just never got into that sort of thing.

To bad most zombie movies miss the fact that using the right tactics humanity is probably always going to win.

James said...

Its sad to me its just another day really. Course its and excuse to get drunk other than that its OK.

UltimaRatioRegis said...

NH,

Lighten up.  It is a morality tale set in a post-apocalyptic world. 

Besides, fascination with death and its finality (or not) goes back several millenia.

Byron said...

As someone who got right to the edge of the chasm of alcoholism, I can tell you that you never, ever want to look for an excuse to drink. Instead, think of the reasons you shouldn't. I still have a drink every now and then, but damn rarely and I can't tell you the last time I was "legally" intoxicated. The four bottles of Bud in the fridge? Dusty, I'd have to wash 'em to drink them.

Byron said...

Sounds like a fun night, Grandpa :)

Byron said...

I think what the Pope has a problem with is the Twilight movie cult following. And since zombies aren't real (well, except for me at 0400 in the morning before that first sip of Kona) it's hard for them to be evil.

UltimaRatioRegis said...

That part (Twilight) is understandable. 

Educated by the Jesuits, so the Exorcist strikes in the five-ring.   Incredible movie, but one of the only ones that ever really frightened me. 

Don't like stuff I can't kill with my 1911.

LT B said...

Remember:
Rule 1:  Cardio
Rule 2:  Double Tap

Happy New Year everybody.  I am in the barracks for the New Year's Celebration.  Sid, How long will you be in Guam?

xbradtc said...

I'll take those off your hands, buddy. Because I care!

Byron said...

It'll have to be O'Douls for you, B! Here's your New Years Resolution: keep your head AND your ass down! And make damn sure you come back inside the wire with the same amount of ammo you walked out of 8-)

Adversus Omnes Dissident said...

This guy is definitely not a Navy program manager.  If he were, he would have popped late, waaay late, and it would have been equally disappoint despite the billions of dollars spent on cost over run to ensure that it popped big and right on time.

DeltaBravo said...

Then you might want to check out The Exorcism of Emily Rose, URR.   I found that more disturbing than Exorcist.  It too was based on a true story. 

Aubrey said...

Had a couple very bad New Years when I was younger, so now I either get very, very drunk very early, or I just ignore the whole thing. Mostly I go with the second option...

Aubrey said...

Happy New Year to you all!

If you are at home be safe and be good, and have some fun tonight!

If you are serving abroad, be very safe, and be very good - I don't care if you are someone I fundamentally disagree with, or are someone from whom I hang on every word, I owe you a drink (or a meal)!

UltimaRatioRegis said...

<span>Saw it, and a great movie.  </span><span>Besides, it has got Laura Linney in it.  Hubba hubba!</span>

<span>The Exorcist is supposedly based in truth, too.  The time frame was changed, but the events are reportedly true.  Blatty was a student at Jesuit Georgetown in the early 50s.   
 
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Byron said...

My son-in-law just picked up a 1911 for 300 bucks...I might try to talk him out of it..that and the 100 rounds he got with it :)

Andy said...

Given that The Doctor is on back-up call tonight, we popped some Italian bubbly last night. Nothing like getting things started, and finished, early!

BostonMaggie said...

Happy New Year!

I'm at a party, but it's a family party so I can sneak off and peek out here.  I am the consummate designated driver, so if you do get drunk, you know who to call.

Once again, I am wayyyyy more exciting that URR.

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Perhaps, but less well-armed, and waaayyyyy less prepared for a zombie apocalypse.

DM05 said...

Dinner with a few couples and singles (from church at that) and 2 drinks each for Mrs. & I over a liesurely 2 hour dinner with good conversation. Calling it good, with a likely early bedtime. A very Happy New Year to all that gather here, and especially those deployed.

The Usual Suspect said...

Another trip around the Sun and somehow each one is decidedly different than the last. Here is to a happy and healthy new year. A hearty thanks to all who serve.  God be with them.

UltimaRatioRegis said...

You cannot go wrong with a 1911, unless it is a Chinee knockoff (NORINCO). 

Best handgun ever made, and the MARSOC is going back to it with the M45.

Besides, my buddy JPP tells us that Santa don't carry no plastic pistol.

BostonMaggie said...

I am NOT less well prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse!  I have watched all the Walking Dead episodes, all the webisodes and the Talking Dead. 

you can run out of ammunition, you can't run out of intellect.....I will outwit them.  Don't worry, I'll save you.

Old Nuke said...

It is really not so much a sickly green, but a vibrant blue

UltimaRatioRegis said...

"<span>you can run out of ammunition"</span>

No, no I can't. 

But hey, if you are proud of outwitting a decaying cadaver with a semi-functioning brain stem (did someone say George McGovern?), be my guest.

BostonMaggie said...

You're a wise ass, but I will still save you.

Grandpa Bluewater said...

It was.

SCOTTtheBADGER said...

Every year, the Canadian Pacific runs a Holiday Train along it's main line. Santa is played by a CPR Police officer. One year, as I was watching Santa get back on the train, his jacket opened up, and I saw that Santa carries a Hi Power.

The Usual Suspect said...

Belgian or Portuguese?

SCOTTtheBADGER said...

Whatever the CPR issues, I suspect.

SCOTTtheBADGER said...

Here in Wisconsin, we piggy wigs are taught to "shoot to stop", to shoot however many times it takes to stop the person from being a threat.  I carry a Heckler & Koch USP45F semi automatic pistol. With one in the chamber and three 12 round mags, I have 37 rounds of .45ACP with me.  I am comfortable with that, I can make a great big hole in someone with that.  I have a S&W M&P 15 OSR ( Optical Sight Rifle, S&Ws way of saying we were too cheap to put a red dot sight on it, buy your own, if it's so important, If our iron sights aren't good enough, we won't put them on, so there! ) with an EOTECH sight and 3 30 round MagPul magazines ( they came with the rifle, I am not a magazine snob, as long they work I'm OK with anyones magazines ). So I am ready for the zombies, should they appear. Here in the upper Midwest, most Sheriff's squads have what we call deer smuckers on the front, they are quite similar to brush guards, but of heavier guage tubing and angle iron, so as to smuck any deer that runs in front of the squad. It also makes a convenient place to put the siren speaker, and some LED flashers. I would imagine that a zombie hit by the smucker on the front of my Tahoe would be neutralized.  

SCOTTtheBADGER said...

Well, I survived another New Years, HOORAY!

DeltaBravo said...

I'd think in the Frozen North the zombies would just become large blocks of ice.  Being dead they have no way to generate body heat and so it would basically be a battle between people and... well... slabs of frozen cutlets.   No?

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Part of my zombie strategy is to hold out until January/February, and then go and whack me some froze zombies.  One of those -20 mornings, grab some fleece socks and a ten pound maul.  Great workout.  By Spring, we would be largely zombie-free. 

Kristen said...

I secured a babysitter way in advance, got a new red party dress, put on some high heels, and rang the New Year in with my husband at a party.  Been a while since we had a festive night like that, and it was LOTS of fun, but morning with the children came AWFULLY early.  *DONT_KNOW*

Happy New Year!  May it be the best one yet!

LT B said...

Well, you don't want to do a 1 fer 1 exchange of ammo.  If I give them ammo, I don't want any of theirs and don't want them to keep and hold close to their heart the ammo I give them!  :)

Byron said...

The point, B,is to ghost through the next year...keeping your head firmly attached to your shoulders and with the same number of holes in your body you start out with. IF, however, things go south, feel free to use all the ammo you have 8-)

LT B said...

Rgr that.  I see myself more stuck in staff land, but ya never know. 

Chick CDR said...

Ugh, I'm absolutely with you, URR...not even Catholic but superstitious nonetheless...all that God/devil stuff scares the crap out of me. Probably the only reason I obey the laws. Don't care what mankind thinks, but not willing to risk the great beyond... I've been teased and called all sorts of names for opting out of those movies with friends over the years. Big joke, yeah, funny, not. I don't want to think about it or know anything about it 'til I'm dead myself. You stay in your world, I'll stay in mine, there evil spirit, possessing creepy kid bodies. (Shivers) I blame Hollywood and my old former monk Latin teacher. Bloody hell....

Conversely, James, zombies aren't evil, brother! (Poor zombies, disparaged so!) Zombies are just zombies. Evil implies some sort of capacity for thought. I think we (general population) are fascinated by this stuff right now b/c it gives us a temporary out from daily nightmare of joblessness, economy, wondering what the heck our political "leaders" are thinking, etc. Complete divorce from reality, and yet...I would absolutely categorize my in-laws as zombies! Rip you apart, devour you body and soul if given half a chance, and are generally mindless "followers". So do I buy ammo for the zombie apocalypse? Or do I buy ammo to piss off my "ooh, guns are icky and scary!" zombie-esque in-laws? Hmmm...

SCOTTtheBADGER said...

Ask any Badger, he or she will tell you that Evil does exist.  Every now and then I meet someone who makes my tail bush out, and I am glad I am armed. 

SCOTTtheBADGER said...

Zombies are not a problem in WI.  A couple of years ago, the DNR did a bear census using helos with infrared sensors set for bear body temprature, and we have 15,000 more bears than originally thought, which anyone who lives in rural WI could have told them.  The bears just munch them down, as they are carrion, after all. Those that the bears don't get, the possums do. Judging by what I have been seeing in the last year or so, they must be working overtime at the possum factory, because we sure have no shortage of them.  I must admit, possums amuse me, I like watching them walk, it's like they have been working a 12 hour shift, on a cement floor in cheap work boots.

UltimaRatioRegis said...

"<span>So do I buy ammo for the zombie apocalypse? Or do I buy ammo to piss off my "ooh, guns are icky and scary!" zombie-esque in-laws? Hmmm..."</span>

There are SOOO many reasons to buy ammo!  Those are just two of the better ones!  8-)

Grumpy Old Ham said...

There's a reason my crusty old-school Marine boss used to call it "rookie night"...

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