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Monday, January 01, 2007

A year of wine... not just bubbles.

Here are a few odds and ends for the first morning of the [secular] new year:

1.  I feel like I totally caved by feeling compelled to insert the word 'secular' in brackets (above).  However, I know from experience that if I didn't do it, some zealot would bend my ear about "this isn't our new year, it is 'hukat hagoyim', yadayadayada...".  Note to zealots:  Please get over yourselves.  Unless you write '5767' on your mortgage checks you have absolutely no reason to get your panties in a twist over a total stranger (me) mentioning the start of 2007.

2.  I woke up feeling a bit nostalgic this morning... not so much for those innocent days when I had to beg my parents to let me stay up to watch the ball drop on TV and have a sip of 'Cold Duck'.  OK, maybe there was a little bit of that too... but mostly I got nostalgic for those moon-bats who created a whole cottage industries around Y2K back in 1999.  Remember them?  Not the computer geeks who actually had something constructive to do to make sure all our software kept working when the big odometer turned over... but rather the self-appointed prophets who came out of the woodwork to run $eminar$ on how to survive in the howling wilderness that would be left after civilization as we knew it came to an end.  These clowns were literally omnipresent, telling us to build shelters and stock them with food and weapons... convert our savings to precious metals... buy electrical generators and enormous fuel tanks to run them.  One pundit even predicted that in the wake of Y2K Duct Tape would become the new currency!  Where are these idiots now?  What turned out to be the next big batch of snake oil they went on to sell?

3.  Zahava and I didn't manage to stay up 'til midnight last night (old fuddy-duddies' that we are), but before I drifted off I was surfing my regular reads and noted a little tidbit on 'Book of Joe' about how to make your Champagne more bubbly.  Helloooo, is this really a problem?  Is there really a chronic lack of bubbles in the typical glass of sparkling wine?  Now don't get me wrong, I'm a HUGE Joe-head and usually can't get enough of the stuff he posts, but this one just didn't speak to me.  For those too lazy to click over, the solution is to wipe down the inside of the glass with a cloth or paper towel before pouring the Champagne.  The microscopic hollow bits of cellulose left on the glass apparently "act as 'nucleation' (bubble formation) sites".  My personal take on this is that anyone who feels the need to coax excessive bubbles from their 'bubbly' probably considers it more of a prop than a beverage.   Missing the point, people... missing the point.  [shakes head]

To everyone out there who is reading this on the groggy morning of 01/01/07, Happy [secular] New Year!  Look outside and marvel at the fact that civilizations continues to purr along quite nicely, thankyouverymuch... and if there is anything effervescent left in the fridge after last night's bacchanalia, pour yourself a bit and raise your glass to a year filled with wine... not just bubbles.

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Posted by David Bogner on January 1, 2007 | Permalink

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And a Happy [secular] New Year to you too!

FWIW, in Israel you *can* write 5767 on your mortgage checks (!)

No, I do not.

Posted by: wogo | Jan 1, 2007 10:04:38 AM

Happy New year to you.

Posted by: Jack | Jan 1, 2007 10:50:00 AM

If you would put anything in brackets, wouldn't it be solar?

Happy New Year.

Posted by: Dot Co Dot Il | Jan 1, 2007 11:36:52 AM

It is easier to take the Jew out of golus than to take the golus out of the Jew.

There is a big difference between writing the Gregorian year on checks and celebrating the "New Year".

I must be a zealot.

Apparently there are a lot of people here in Israel that stayed up late last night. The traffic on the way from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv this morning was light.

Posted by: Cosmic X | Jan 1, 2007 1:49:31 PM

Happy [secular] New Year to you too! I did stay up to see the ball drop (saw it live once, that was enough for me, thankyouverymuch, I think it's a little overrated) but then fell asleep within 2 minutes. It IS nice to have the day off today, though! So although I don't celebrate today as my new year, I can enjoy it. :)

Posted by: Essie | Jan 1, 2007 2:15:08 PM

raise your glass to a year filled with wine... not just bubbles

I LOVE this line. I think I may have just found my first non-trip related post ;)

Posted by: Essie | Jan 1, 2007 2:17:39 PM

Happy New Year 2007!

(Get over it and stop bowing to the zealots. The brackets look so...obeying. =} )

Posted by: Account Deleted | Jan 1, 2007 4:06:55 PM

Happy New Year, David. Even your older sister went out and was up til 2:30 (even IM'd with your wife and spoke with Mom & Dad before stumbling off to bed! :)

You ARE an old fuddy-duddy! ;)

Posted by: val | Jan 1, 2007 4:47:18 PM

I saw a chef on television yesterday saying that you could add a couple of raisins to a bottle of champagne to restore the fizz.
My only question was who has champagne laying out long enough to lose it's bubbles? Clearly what's needed in more friends at the party no a couple of raisins!

To all the friends at this party... Happy New Year! I also don't see anything wrong with a day off from work and a chance to do a little self reflection/improvement.

Posted by: shifra | Jan 1, 2007 4:55:27 PM

Last night, as the clock turned close to midnight, I also remembered the Y2K crazy days with some nostalgia. Boy, those times were something else...

Anyway, have a great New Year! May it bring peace, comfort and joy to you & your family.

Posted by: Steve Bogner | Jan 1, 2007 5:59:59 PM

Merry New Year!

You can pay your mortgage with checks?!

Gilly

Posted by: gilly | Jan 1, 2007 6:42:35 PM

happy anniversary mr. and mrs. trep!

Posted by: rachel | Jan 1, 2007 6:50:08 PM

happy [Gregorian] new year!

and i actually wrote both the Gregorian and Hebrew dates on my rent checks when i was in Israel. 'cause where else can you do that?

Posted by: Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) | Jan 1, 2007 7:27:19 PM

Thank you for writing "Zealot" because I am friends with one and the ridiculous of all is at times, just too much to take.

All of us hit the pillow five minutes after midnight and also passed on the champagne (I will only drink it with OJ - hmmm, I think I know what I will have to go with my brunch today.)

So from one fuddy duddy to another, HAPPY NEW YEAR'S

Posted by: jaime | Jan 1, 2007 7:30:03 PM

Do the people who hate the Gregorian New Year also go nuts when Jews celebrate Independance Day or Thanksgiving? What about Presidents' Day? Maybe I should stop telling people that my birthday is September 26 and instead say Elul 28. Man, I can just imagine the funny looks...

Posted by: Fern | Jan 1, 2007 11:44:03 PM

Some people do go nuts over the celebration of Thanksgiving as well.
I believe that the Aguda Convention is often on Thanksgiving and turkey is never served.

Posted by: shifra | Jan 2, 2007 12:12:09 AM

Fern,

Those are my thoughts as well. Being Jewish, doesn't mean that you have to become a recluse to the rest of the world and celebrations.

I am far removed from being Mexican, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying a marguirita or two, and other festivities on Day of the Dead, at a local bar.

Posted by: jaime | Jan 2, 2007 4:59:16 AM

In noting the day you've got whom to rely on.

Posted by: The Observer | Jan 2, 2007 6:27:59 PM

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