It’s all yours

I’m declaring an open thread to start out the year. Do your — well, not “worst” exactly, but you know what I mean.


  1. canadienne »

    1 January 2012 · 11:15 am

    Just “Happy New Year!”

    It’s imperative that we start every year off with optimism, anyway.

  2. McGehee »

    1 January 2012 · 11:28 am

    A few years ago I snarked, “I resolve to make no New Year’s resolutions. … <dirty word that rhymes with ‘fit’ (not redacted in the original)>.”

    So now I merely resolve to make only one resolution. Made and kept, every year since.

  3. Tatyana »

    1 January 2012 · 12:05 pm

    I don’t understand that business with NY resolutions. Who’s making you to make them? Is the an enforcement mechanism?
    It appears the habit applies specifically to Americans; Russians, fi, don’t follow this custom en mass – only on individual basis. This time, however, I noticed (by reading NewYear posts in LJ) that a lot of people were reviewing the last year, w/o referring to any specific checklist. Just something like
    “In the 2011 I:
    -fell in love with a foreigner
    -tried to get a visa to get out of the country, failed 3 times, succeed once
    -my fiance broke his leg on Alpine slopes a week before we were scheduled at the magistrate’s office for signature ceremony
    -my dog bit me: he knew I couldn’t get him out of Moscow in time (consider all those immunizations and papers!) …”
    etc etc etc

    Not one that I recall makes a specific list of resolutions for 2012 -or if anyone does (s)he does not make it public; wise decision, methinks.

  4. CGHill »

    1 January 2012 · 12:31 pm

    I used to, but I don’t anymore; it didn’t seem to make any sense to make public pronouncements and then have to eat those words later.

  5. Tatyana »

    1 January 2012 · 12:53 pm

    Change of subject: what have you ate at New Year’s celebratory table that you
    a) regret or
    b) wish could permit yourself to gorge on?

    [assuming you did participated in a celebration of some kind. It is a sacred rite for us, ex-Soviets; I’ve lived here long enough to not to be shocked when discovering it is not such a case with others]

  6. smitty »

    1 January 2012 · 1:06 pm

    I’m optimistic.

  7. McGehee »

    1 January 2012 · 1:10 pm

    Tat, for non-ex-Soviets the question would be about Christmas dinner — and even then, if you’re asking Orthodoxes you’d still have about a week to wait before asking.

    Anyway for Christmas, my mother-in-law prepared turkey and ham, but neither the whole bird nor a whole ham, and just a small number of sides — because this time there were only going to be six people at dinner and taking leftovers. So there wasn’t enough quantity for regret here.

  8. Tatyana »

    1 January 2012 · 1:26 pm

    Kevin, she is giving leftovers away?! Why, this is the best part of every feast and a hostess’ reward: to let yourself enjoy the full refrigerator the day after and not worry “what am I going to cook for dinner?”. Besides, certain dishes are better on a second day…like Viennese cakes with rich cream once it sipped into the layers…
    She must be a very loving woman, virtuous to extreme in her self-sacrifice.

  9. Roger Green »

    1 January 2012 · 7:11 pm

    It’s rather evident that the only way for me to survive 2012 is to follow as little US political horse race stuff as possible.

  10. Lisa Paul »

    1 January 2012 · 7:38 pm

    A Happy New Year to you, Chaz! And thanks for all the entertainment and wit.

    Just remember to stop writing “Year of the Rabbit” on your checks as we are on the cusp of the Year of the Dragon.

  11. McGehee »

    1 January 2012 · 10:32 pm

    She must be a very loving woman, virtuous to extreme in her self-sacrifice.

    That she is. Plus, she thinks we never have any food in the house but what she gives us. It’s better than what we’d normally have, so we humor her.

  12. Mel »

    1 January 2012 · 11:00 pm


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