Happy New Year #SoCS

If we were having a beer, you would find it impossible to not go there…

“Can I assume from previous years that you won’t be making any resolutions?”

“Yes. Can I assume that knowing that will allow us to move on to other subjects?”

“I’m afraid not.”

“You boys aren’t going to start this debate again…are you?”

“Tired of hearing us argue, Cheryl?”

“You guys always argue. I’m just worried that one of you might resolve to quit drinking or eat healthier.”

“I wouldn’t worry about either of those.”

“Do I take that to mean one Yuengling and a glass of Meiomi?”

“The young man always has a beer, but what if I wanted Bourbon?”

“I’m sorry. I thought it was your turn to pay.”

“Is it my turn to pay?”

“It is. I paid last week, and the week before that.”

“Then a glass of Meiomi will be fine.”

“Oooooo-kay. I’ll be right back with those drinks.”

“Since you didn’t make any resolutions, let me ask you this: are you happy with your growth as an individual in 2017?”

“How else would I grow?”


“You were specific about my ‘growth as an individual’ how else would I grow, as part of a collective?”

“You’re being a jerk.”

“You’re casting me as a Borg.”

“You’re just trying to avoid the conversation.”

“He’s doing a pretty good job, too. Here’s your beer and here’s your wine. You boys having any food?”

“Maybe in a bit, Cheryl. If I can get him to stop stalling and start talking.”

“I don’t know why you insist on measuring things by arbitrary periods – life is continuous.”

“January first isn’t arbitrary. It marks the start of a new year. Tomorrow is the last day of 2017. So, when you add it up, how does 2017 look?”

“I don’t think of life in terms of plusses and minuses”

“Maybe you should. Did you lose weight?”

“Nope. I have been the same weight for the past seven years.”

“How is that possible with all the junk you eat?”

“Speaking of junk, today’s special is chili. Any takers?”

“I’d need permission from my wife. She’s convinced that’s what led to my ER visit.”

“OK, wings for you?”

“I forgot about the ER visit. That certainly had to be a minus.”

“Maybe, but they did stop the bleeding.”

“OK, what about this? How many times did we meet here in 2017?”

“You don’t want to go there.”

“Why not?”

“Geeeze, even I know that! Because the next question will be how many times each of you paid. Did you decide about the food?”

“Set us up with a plate of twenty wings, Cheryl. And thanks for pointing out the error of his inquiry.”

“I guess you’re right, we don’t need a year-end tally.”


“What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? Going out?”


“What do you do? Don’t tell me you’re in bed before midnight.”

“I’ll be watching the Twilight Zone Marathon.”

“Oh, that’s right, you’re one of those weirdos.”

“The only weird thing is the way so many Twilight Zone episodes are still relevant.”

“I know the episodes you’re talking about. When you think about it, it’s not weird.”

“How’s that?”

“Times have changed, but people haven’t.”

“Wow. I wouldn’t have expected that from you…but you’re right.”

“Here are the wings. How come you guys are so quiet?”

“I just realized that the old man is wiser than I thought.”

“And I just realized my young friend isn’t a weirdo.”

“You guys crack me up.”

“Oh, my goodness, I also just realized that I forgot my wallet.”

“Hmmm, I was going to ask if you wanted another round.”

“We do Cheryl. And, since it looks like I’m paying, bring him a glass of John Howell’s Bourbon.”

“Why thank you!”

“Happy New Year, old man.”

This last visit to the bar for 2017 is also part of Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday. In her signature style, Linda says:

“Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is ‘resolution.’ Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!”

Happy New Year from No Facilities. Please check out this beautiful post from Cheryl, the best bartender in WordPress.  Today’s gallery shows how some of us are spending the holiday weekend.


  1. Happy New Year to you, The Editor, and the furry kids. You may not have resolutions, but I bet Maddie is thinking she needs to sit outside more often. And MiMi and MuMu want more cat naps. And the squirrels want more nuts.

    Maybe you can help them with that…

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    • Thanks Mary, and to you , too.

      Maddie seems to realize that her new coat means we can sit outside on the coldest of days. We managed about 10 minutes yesterday with the temp in single-digits and it was me who was complaining about the cold.

      MiMi is setting new records for napping next to the fire. There are days I wish I could trade places with her.

      One of the squirrels has discovered how to open the mailbox, I think he’s sizing it up as a place to live. The editor is drawing the line, but I may be in search of a stronger magnet in 2018.


    • Thanks! That graphic is too funny.

      Maddie seemed to know that she looked pretty funny, her hair just would not settle down.

      We tried an app for keeping track, but who has time for that. I need to get my buddy to remember when he said that he should buy more often since wine/bourbon is more expensive than beer. Maybe we’ll work it out in the new year.

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  2. Oh my God, Maddie, I know just how you feel. I look exactly like that after removing my coat and scarf! Lol. Never give up the chocolate. Or the Twilight Zone. Now you have me craving wings….and I always want Bourbon and/or beer. Speaking of, I finally found a generous liquor market owner willing to part with one of his Blanton’s for me-said he wanted to make me a returning customer. And the babay boy brought his old man Alagash White pale ale and Tropicalia Creature Comforts as gifts. Geeze did you have to show me that temp gauge? Now I’ll be chilled all day. We are at a toasty 31 right now and the little weather snowflake has disappeared from the scene. I must day some tiny part of me is disappointed but the smart me slapped her so we’re all good now. 🙈🙊🙉

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    • Maddie’s glad to hear that she’s not alone with the static problem. Very nice that you got a bottle of Blanton’s. That would make me a returning customer. Our temps look like they are going even lower tomorrow and Monday. And yes, be careful about wishing for snow. The year I bought my first snow blower, I wished for enough to make it worth buying – we set a record with 86” that year.

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  3. Here’s to Saturdays, Dan. It’s always good to have a virtual beer (okay ale) with you and the crew. MiMi has got it right! I got a kick out of Maddie’s static hair. Static is the only down-side to the electric throw… but Crystal loves it. Lucky for her she has short hair. Time to tend the stew. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  4. OMG!! This post is too funny. Great way to end 2017. Maybe Cheryl can help you guys keep track of who’s paying!

    The photos of Maddie crack me up. I love how she isn’t even phased by her bad hair day. You might want to try Static Guard. It’s a spray that can be used on just about most fabrics. I get it in our supermarket. I definitely use it on Murphy’s winter coat. Keeps her “do” in place and eliminates the “sparks”!!

    If I were there, MiMi would have to fight me for that seat by the warm stove. But give me some chocolate and I’d be more than happy to share. Lol.

    Happy New Year Dan, The Editor, Faith, Maddie, MiMi and MuMu and, of course, Sally and Sammy. —-Ginger—-

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    • Thanks Ginger! She was so happy to have spent some time on her cot that I don’t thing she cared about the static. On the other hand, MiMi would fight for that position. She loves the fire. Happy New Year.


  5. Happy New Year to you and yours! Your wood stove looks VERY toasty! We have a fireplace. That’s probably safer, with a klutz like me in the house, but your stove is most beautimous. I love Maddie’s static-y hair. Or, as the kids used to call it, staggy hair.

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    • Thanks Marian. The stove is pretty. It’s more work than we hoped it would be, but very efficient. The one we had before would easily burn through the night. This one won’t unless you get up and feed it.

      Staggy hair works 🙂


  6. Happy New Year (a little early) to you, Dan. I always love reading of your adventures in your inimitable prose, with a wit as quirky as my own. Like everyone else I love Mattie’s static hair. Stay warm!

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  7. *pats down Maddie’s hair* Me, too, Maddie. Me, too. Haha! Her hairs made me giggle!
    Wood stove. Definitely on my list of appealing household goods.
    The same weight for 7 years? I can’t even maintain the same weight for seven days! What a reliable constitution! Totally not jealous, because no woman would ever be.

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