Archive | December 2013

We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
in days of auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear
for auld lang syne
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp!
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pou’d the gowans fine
We’ve wandered mony a weary foot
Sin’ auld lang syne

We twa a sport’d i’ the burn
From morning sun ’til dine
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin’ auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand me trusty friend
And gies a hand o’ thine
We’ll tak a good right willie-waught
For auld lang syne.

Robert Burns

And do me a favour, and don’t piss off me gran and sing ‘syne’ not ‘zyne.


A family New Year’s Eve

When we were kids my mom didn’t want us out on New Year’s Eve so she would stage a party for us at home with just the family. Mom didn’t normally allow any junk food but on New Year’s she bought a lot of crap we weren’t allowed to have any other time.

My mom fancied herself a gourmet cook and she got two out of three kids that weren’t. My brother inherited the food snob gene. He used to have a fit if you wanted to eat in a chain restaurant except for Dupar’s, probably because 3 restaurants don’t constitute a chain.

Anyway, we ended every year in a junk food coma of cheese, crackers, dips and chips. I had to have Bacon Thins which Nabisco doesn’t bother to make anymore. My sister had to have Bugles which can be hard to find sometimes any place but the dollar store. I can’t remember what Cam had except home made Lipton onion dip. We were allowed to eat the nuts leftover from cookie baking and the rest of the Christmas cookies.

I always had an Edam or Gouda cheese in my stocking which got sacrificed at the party but for some reason Mom always got cheese in a can. I have no idea why but it was the only time she would have it in the house and she would smother crackers in the stuff.

This was way before VCRs or DVD’s so it was either 78’s and 33s on the living room turntable or what ever movie they running on New Year’s Eve. So tonight in honour of a family tradition I got cheese in a can, cheddar bacon, onion dip and Bugles for Alison. I’d get Bacon Thins in a heartbeat if they still made them. And I bought Despicable Me 2 and we will have our party at home, just like when we were little. And probably be rudely woken up at midnight and Alison has to be at work at 6 AM.

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 44,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 16 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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