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calendar   Sunday - December 31, 2006

Wrapping It Up

OK. That’s a wrap. Cut. Print it. 2006 is almost over and it’s time for all of us to get ready to greet 2007, the New Year. I’ll be 58 years old in March and I’m starting to feel every minute of it. My days of wild partying on New Years Eve ended ages ago. Nowadays I am usually asleep when midnight passes. So much for that “life begins at 50” bullshit.

In looking back in the rear view mirror, it hasn’t been a really bad year - at least not compared to others I’ve endured in the last half-century. 2006 had its ups and downs but nothing actually life-threatening. A few “bummer moments” here and there but nothing to regret. Overall, a good year. I hope yours was at least as good, if not better.

In any case, I usually spend New Years Eve pondering the past year so I can put it to rest the next day and start looking ahead down the road. Always keep looking ahead, kids. Don’t look back - there’s nothing back there that you can change anyway.

One thing that always strikes me each year is the number of places I’ve been on New Years Eve. I’ve been in Times Square, Trafalgar Square, Bourbon Street, downtown Austin, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Nashville, Tampa, Miami, Memphis, Indianapolis, St. Louis and one memorable New Years celebration in Manila where I just barely managed to escape without a tattoo (my wallet went missing too).

In spite of all that we all continue to forge ahead each year. What else are you going to do? Anyway, I’m outta here for the next 24 hours or so. I have to get my blackeyed peas, collard greens and cornbread ready for tomorrow’s first meal. You all take care of yourselves tonight and stay safe. If you’re out partying and get a little too much alcohol in your system - CALL A CAB! That’s an order. I want to see all of you back here on Tuesday.

There will probably not be much posted here tomorrow, if at all. I’ll be relaxing and enjoying some football. In the meantime, here is a New Years superstition to get you started. Feel free to add your own to the list. There are more at Snopes.com if you need help.

Finally ... a toast to all of you who have been coming here and reading, commenting, posting and having fun with The Skipper. I wish you all the best in the New Year. You’re all a great bunch of maniacs people. May God bless and keep you and may you always have more than enough ammo to keep the darkness at bay.

Cheers! Skål! Le’chájim! Sláinte! Saúde! Vashe zdorovie!
Salute! Kanpai! Prost! Mazel tov!

imageimageFirst Footing: The first person to enter your home after the stroke of midnight will influence the year you’re about to have. 

Ideally, he should be dark-haired, tall, and good-looking, and it would be even better if he came bearing certain small gifts such as a lump of coal, a silver coin, a bit of bread, a sprig of evergreen, and some salt.  Blonde and redhead first footers bring bad luck, and female first footers should be shooed away before they bring disaster down on the household.  Aim a gun at them if you have to, but don’t let them near your door before a man crosses the threshold.

The first footer (sometimes called the “Lucky Bird") should knock and be let in rather than unceremoniously use a key, even if he is one of the householders. After greeting those in the house and dropping off whatever small tokens of luck he has brought with him, he should make his way through the house and leave by a different door than the one through which he entered. No one should leave the premises before the first footer arrives — the first traffic across the threshold must be headed in rather than striking out.

First footers must not be cross-eyed or have flat feet or eyebrows that meet in the middle. Nothing prevents the cagey householder from stationing a dark-haired man outside the home just before midnight to ensure the speedy arrival of a suitable first footer as soon as the chimes sound. If one of the partygoers is recruited for this purpose, impress upon him the need to slip out quietly just prior to the witching hour.

-- Snopes.com, “New Years Superstitions”


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