Monday, December 31, 2007

Friends We've Lost

My favorite New Year's Eve card consists of a picture of a highway with a bunch of detour signs with resolutions on them -- pay off debt, lose weight, end long overstagnating dead end relationship, and so on. Roads going to nowhere implicit in the card's message. Well, I come to the end of 2007 with a terrible sore throat and no resolutions of which to speak. The new year always brings about hope that this one will be better than the last one, that we'll come to the end of it with more to show for our efforts. And maybe we will and maybe we won't. But no matter! If nothing else, if you're reading this, you've survived another year without ending up on the dead people list that play incessantly on the television -- ie, Friends We've Lost sort of thing. And that's something. Be well, be safe, and I will return tomorrow with hangover cures abounding!

Michelle's Spell of the Day
"To hell with whatever is coming next. That's where I've been and that's where I'm staying." Judy Garland

Cocktail Hour
Champagne all day, people! It's New Year's Eve!

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy wishes for the last day of 2007!


Blind Janus said...

I know there's no looking back, but I can't really see where I'm headed. Have a Happy New Year!!

Sir Basil Seal said...

There'll always be a bottle of the bubbles waiting for you here at the Consulate. Your blog is the hit of our being in Detroit!! All the best in the new annum!
Affectionately yours,

Hugh Massingberd said...

"Convivial"=habitually drunk
"Did not suffer fools gladly"=Monstrously foul-tempered
"Gave colorful accounts of his exploits"=a liar
"A man of simple tastes"=a complete vulgarian
"A powerful negotiator"=a bully
"Relished the cadences of the English language"=an incorrigible windbag
"Relished physical contact"=a sadist
"An uncompromisingly direct ladies' man"=a flasher
RIP Hugh.

The Non Stop Shoebox said...

And a Happy New Year from London, England.
We'll be there before you; I'll let you know if the New Year doesn't look too good.

TIncho! said...

Feliz Año NueVO!

Charles Gramlich said...

The last couple of years I've awakened on New Year's morning with no hangover at all. Kinda nice.

eric1313 said...

Hooray for not being on the dead people's list!

And hooray for a new year of stories both poetic and alive with the vulgarities of this existence.

Scott said...

Happy New Year! It's been enjoyable reading your writing over the last year. Looking forward to continuing into next year.

Tim said...

Being the procrastinator that I am, I think it's about time to start on my 2007 resolutions.

Happy New Year Michelle!

The Non Stop Shoebox said...

Yeh, actually looks ok so far!

Paul said...


the walking man said...

My only new years resolution is to keep hitting publish comments until a word verification of less than six letters shows up. Other than that hope you had a couple for me, 7 straight years no hangover and no bullet wounds here in Detroit.



Whitenoise said...

Happy New Year, Michelle.