A friend who formerly worked for the FBI and another who currently works for the California Highway Patrol told me that they refer to New Year's Eve as "Amateur Night," the time when otherwise sensible people imbibe too much and do bad things on the road to themselves and others. And lest anyone draw inappropriate conclusions, neither has ever arrested me! (that's my story at least)
Madame Anadyr and I have gotten to the stage that we stay in at the Chateau (known locally as Le Grande Dump) New Year's Eve and watch the Times Square ball drop at 9pm our time, sharing a bottle or box of whatever is on hand. The servants are off to bed or their second jobs, or polishing the fleet, so we have the place to ourselves.
Much safer and then there's the much-cheaper-angle too.
A friend invited us to go to the Monterey Peninsula Country Club (MPCC), which given the age of its members, decided that 9 was the time to have the toast, and then go home! Tempting and about three quarters of a mile from the casa. But...
We demurred, citing the amateur night consideration and adding that Pebble Beach, where MPCC is located, is famous for having no, and zilch, nada, zip street lights, with winding roads with stray deer on them, and road signs the size of Forever Postage Stamps. Driving there at night Jill, our GPS, often gives up and announces, "Sorry, you're on your own buddy." She then goes to sleep, perchance to dream or worse yet, to update her maps!
So here is to a safe and sound celebration this December 31st. May all Insiders be safe, so that we (or me at least) can continue to bloviate in the New Year.
As Robbie Burns famously said:
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!
Happy New Year
Happy New Year to you! I think everyone has heard the term 'ammeter night'. sometimes it is used at the local club, oftentimes at the local karaoke bar, and ALWAYS in reference to New Years Eve. It is a great night to snuggle up on the couch and enjoy your partners company for the evening.
Anadyr and all,
I have honestly never heard of amateur night, mayhaps because I have always been a fuddy duddy when it comes to NYE. I did however enjoy jasper100's videos of last NYE in Times Square. Very exciting stuff. Nonetheless for myself, I would rather hang out at home with the fam, a good movie and some snacks and then head off to a warm, soft bed just in time to fall asleep and miss all of the ruckus. Alas, midnight is simply past my bedtime.
New Years Day is for putting the house back in order after Christmas.
January is for when everything under heaven is wrapped in blankets white, while dreaming sweet dreams of days slowly growing longer, waiting for life to re-enter when Spring makes all things new again.
Wishing everyone happiness, health and a renewed sense of wonder in this coming year.
We normally are just getting back into town on New Years Eve, grab the car from the airport parking garage and dash to the casa' to get completely away from amateur night. This year is different as we are staying home between the holidays so the grill will be fired up (of course), rumor has it grilled prime rib is being asked for so might as well send off 2013, with a less than healthy meal while enjoying some "meds" as jerrycoin will no doubt have prescribed!
Happy New Year to all Insiders, have a safe and blessed 2014.
And key lime pie at Shem Creek. :-)
I don't see desserts on this menu, but I was sure we had it there.
Just back from Charleston. If you are in historic area you cannot do better than Poogan's Porch Poogan's Porch Restaurant Charleston, South Carolina
And if you are in North Charleston and like one meat three type meals one of the best Soul Food restaurants I have eaten at in a long time is Nigel's Good Food
well, while we're at it, let me recommend a great place for a low country BBQ buffet...Kelly's on Hwy 78 in Summerville. Great pulled pork, mustard sauce on the side, hash and rice, good country sides, pork rinds down towards the end of the buffet, and of course sweet tea. We've been eating at Kelly's for at least 30 years and even though I'm not a fan of buffets, it's very good.
Have you ever eaten at Perfectly Franks? We've wanted to go there since seeing it on TV, but we haven't been by Summerville since 2010.
Saw this place mentioned as one of biggest bang for the buck and thought I'd post it.
I was reading that they deep fry Nathan's Franks, my favorite brand. Guy showcased PF on his road food show.
I don't watch his show very often since RI quit getting it and just about all the good channels a couple of years ago when they got the satelite that goes out or at least messes up every time we turn around.
Whatever they say about Dish network, I wouldn't want to take the $50 for recommending it.
Hebrew National is my 2nd favorite brand, but Nathan's is first. There is a Nathan's Hot Dog place in MB, too.
It's at 1401 S. King's Hwy. on the eastern side of the hwy. Not very good write-ups on it, though.
I'd rather just go to Sam's or Costco and buy them rather than go to get one like they offer there. I like the Veggie Fries that are sold at Sam's, too. The ones at Big Lots are a cheaper price and quality than the ones at Sam's Club.
BTW, did you know they also have a liquor store attached to Sam's at MB? It's the only place we've noticed one being part of Sam's.
They have wine in all the stores I've been in, but not the liquor. That's interesting about CA. Doesn't surprise me since liquor laws are so different everywhere.
Maybe wine can be sold on Sundays in SC now while liquor can't so they have to separate them. I have been to the Sam's in upstate SC in years and they changed a lot of blue laws since then.
When the Volstead Act was repealed in the 1930s CA took it seriously, removing virtually all restrictions and Blue Laws (as if there were any restrictions in place out here anyway!) Grape growers found out that people bought their fruit to make homemade wine, so profits actually went up in the first few years. Grapes are an agricultural product that may or may not become wine, which bolstered California's grape growers arguments for relief from the 18th amendment. There was an attempt in the State Legislature to prevent full implementation of the Act and the Amendment, but it was denied. Thus, legal remedies notwithstanding, California's wine growing industry struggled but survived the era of Prohibition.
In our county, the Board of Supervisors banned the growing of medical marijuana (at the behest of the Sheriff). Too much crime revolving around it. Also banned the selling of it, but I think that was more of a political move than anything. And of course, that could all change in time.
My type of meal is Mexican.
We found this Mexican food restaurant when we stayed in Lodge Alley for a week in 2012 the week of St. Patrick's Day (which I don't recommend it even though it's popular) and this is where Brian and I try to eat when we're near Charleston now. It's harder to find good Mexican food in SC than it is to find good seafood.
There's a Total Wine store in the mall on the corner and that name is easier for me to remember than the Mexican name. I just remember the area and the name when I hear it.
Yes we do enjoy some "Home Med's" for New Years Eve!
There is nothing like watching a "Mr. Ed Marathon", and getting your "Blood pressure reduced along with lowering your cholesterol down" with some of "Granny's Home Remedies"( Beverly Hillbillies, that is!) BTW, this current episode of Mr. Ed had Dear Abbey, and was a riot! Mr. Ed did not want to be "Gounded" and wanted to "Sow his wild oats"!
Haven't had this much fun since Rome!
I found the Mr. Ed Marathon while doing some channel flipping waiting for the basketball game last night, might have to go out and get some of those videos along with Andy Griffith, McHale's Navy and if I can find any of Johnny Carson and Karnak!!!