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Good riddance.

That’s how it works, right? The New Year strangles the Old Year to death in a fit of psychotic rage?

I suppose I should be grateful. We’re doing fine, Chez Mustelid. But we’ve seen a lot of misery around us this year. And even though the prospects for the coming year aren’t exactly bright, I think I speak for all of us when I say, “fuck you, 2012!”

On a happier note, I finished the Portal franchise games, and yes…they were completely awesome right to the end. I was a little bummed, because Portal 2 includes a neat two-player game and I hasn’t got a gaming buddy.

So I went to YouTube, and sure enough, found an hilarious walkthrough (“an hilarious” – I insist). Now, you might think watching somebody else play a game would be a colossal bore, but you would be WRONG. These guys are funny, and it’s a relief not to have to solve the damn puzzles myself.

Even if you don’t like games, try watching the first installment and see if you don’t enjoy it. If you do, you’ll be pleased to know there are 16 more installments to go. (Yeah. They play the whole game through in 15-minute YouTubes). Make sure to HD and full-screen it for added enjoyment.

Now, it’s a vile, windy night, but we’re walking to a neighbor’s for a little light socialization, so y’all take care. Remember, the roads are brimming with drunks.

Happy New Year! We get to play with it first. (But Oceania got it before us. I hope he didn’t…get anything on it).


Comment from Deborah
Time: December 31, 2012, 6:03 pm

Happy New Year, Stoaty and Uncle Badger.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: December 31, 2012, 6:09 pm

2012: It was the best of years it was the worst of years.

Actually, although I am a little reluctant to admit it, if I just tend to my own patch, and ignore the rest of the world, the Vegetables had a fair time of it in 2012. No diseases or major accidents, no relatives (of interest or importance, anyhow) dropped dead or suffered. I spent my first full year of early retirement walking, reading at my little not-starbucks coffee shop, and tinkering with my old sports car. The money didn’t run out and we even ate pretty well. I didn’t miss the old grind and I’m certainly not bored….but then it doesn’t take much to amuse a vegetable….
For those of you here who didn’t have that kind of year, here’s hoping for a quick and painless end to 2012 and a merrier 2013!

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: December 31, 2012, 6:14 pm

Oh, and thank you for letting me hang around here with all these interesting people, Badger and Weasel! Happy New Year!

Comment from Redd
Time: December 31, 2012, 6:29 pm

It’s only about 6 pm over there and you are already starting the boozing?? Wow, hardcore!

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: December 31, 2012, 7:16 pm

Yeah, on an extremely local basis, we had a pretty decent 2012 as well. I finally got my own project at work (which naturally comes with its own set of bother, but that’s still infinitely better than being bored), Baby Peel has put on 16 lb and 10 inches since he was born 16 months ago and is learning more words each day, I took an art class and kinda-sorta learned to paint really crappily, etc.

Hope y’all have a great evening!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 31, 2012, 7:23 pm

We’re supposed to go over at 7:30. And I’m not positive there will be boozing.

I can’t imagine we’ll stay until midnight, though.

Comment from dissent555
Time: December 31, 2012, 7:29 pm

Happy 2013, y’all. Stay safe.

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: December 31, 2012, 8:28 pm

I’m afraid I’ll look back on 2012 in a few years and wish we were back there. I’s afeared for what’s to come.

Happy New Year everyone, be safe.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: December 31, 2012, 8:29 pm

The strawberry blonde ale I made last summer and Twilight Zone re-runs!

Happy New year to our hostess and to you all!

Comment from Mike James
Time: December 31, 2012, 9:32 pm

Happy New Year, and thanks for the heads up about the Kiwi. If midnight rolls around and the year starts smelling a bit funny, we’ll know who to blame.

Comment from GregO
Time: December 31, 2012, 11:10 pm

Happy New Year all!

Had a truly lousy 2012.
Went bankrupt. Lost my business. Had to get a job at age 57.
Father died.
Dog died.
US re-elected a moron to POTUS

No sh*t I’m not making this up.

The good news: Kids are fine (oldest daughter might even get married and I like her beau – younger one in grad school and doing fine). Health is fine. World did not end as predicted.

Looking forward to 2013 and a better future for us all.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: December 31, 2012, 11:44 pm

Had a bad 2012 but it could have been worse. Staying in tonight and watching Ice Road Truckers cuz I’m just getting over a cold.

Hope you all have an excellent 2013.

Happy New Year!

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: December 31, 2012, 11:45 pm

Ugg. I swear, there are days that I wish God would drop a previously undetected asteroid on Washington DC, Tunguska Style…

Comment from Armybrat
Time: January 1, 2013, 12:24 am

2012 was ok for chef and I. We’re both employed and healthy. Given that the majority of the voting public in this nation once again voted a complete fucktard into offic, I fear that Mrs. Compton is correct. 2012 may turn out to be the best of times a few years from now.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 1, 2013, 12:34 am

There was booze, and we did stay until midnight. Happy New Year!

<waves and staggers off>

Comment from p2
Time: January 1, 2013, 12:37 am

ya’ll be careful with new year’s… i think i get it last up here in the frozen freakin north….. save some for me…

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 1, 2013, 12:41 am

Happy New Year everyone!

Just back from a fairly gruesome ‘light socialisation’.

Let the serious drinking commence! 🙂

Comment from Oceania
Time: January 1, 2013, 1:14 am

Well Scube … just think, any small nation could nudge an asteroid on a collision course … wouldn’t take much!
Small nuclear engine … or nuclear powered ion drive. Heat waste might be an issue … just push it with a feather weight for a year – and bingo ..

Comment from Frit
Time: January 1, 2013, 1:28 am

Happy New Year from Down Under! Been 2013 for nearly 12½ hours here, and all seems to be going well.

Blessings upon you all!

Comment from Deborah
Time: January 1, 2013, 1:37 am

Parties. I am not comfortable. I always want to carry a sign that alerts the others to topics I can talk about—something like: Will Talk About Warbirds, P.T.Boats, Veterans, Earth-sheltered Houses, Moon-Gardens, Bee-Keeping, and Babies.

Comment from JeffS
Time: January 1, 2013, 1:53 am

Happy New Year, y’all! 🙂

I’ll be off to a friend’s house, but early to bed. No need to compete with drunks on the road.


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: January 1, 2013, 1:56 am

ONWARD, UB!!! Drink until your breath is more flammable than Smaugs……..

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: January 1, 2013, 3:59 am

Bah Humbug, I say, to 2012 and 2013. Some things got better and some things got worse, as per SOP. I seem to be getting grouchier and more pessimistic every day. This is what happens when I am not in the field up to my ears in rocks, though.

I fear I’ll turn into a less sunny version of Oceania.

All the best to the Mustelid family and the other Weasel-ites! Here’s to happier days.

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: January 1, 2013, 5:05 am

Goodby and good riddance to 2012 – less-bad than 2011 in some respects, but not by much…

Let us fondly hope and wish that we will be able, this time next year, to look back and see this year just now slid into the rear view as the nadir of at least this decade, if not many more years to come.

Onward to Baby 2013!! You’ve got a pretty low bar to clear in order to be better than your immediate predecessor – so, dig in and get with it, bub! Got (we truly hope) no way to go but up – Farther! Faster! Higher! Down with the Currently Up, and way, way Up with the Currently Down!!

A Happy(er) New Year to Ms. S.Weasel, Uncle Badger, all the chooks ‘n cats and all those who post or merely lurk herein…

Comment from EZnSF
Time: January 1, 2013, 5:43 am

Fuck 2013. If it’s anything like the last five years, I’ll be glad to see the back of it as well.

God help us.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: January 1, 2013, 6:53 am

Note to 2012 – Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you. That’s all.

Happy New Year to the rest of you!

Comment from Mike C.
Time: January 1, 2013, 8:29 am

2013 is certainly looking to be one of those “interesting times” from the old Chinese curse, but since the only alternative to it is taking a dirt nap, we might as well try and muddle through. Can’t say as I’m optimistic at this point, though.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: January 1, 2013, 9:39 am

Deborah, I am always willing to discuss PT Boats! (Provided we can also discuss Destroyer Escorts.) I have always preferred the 78′ Higgins boats to the Elcos, myself

Comment from Oceania
Time: January 1, 2013, 11:05 am

PT? Would rather have a Fairmile …. better ride, better armed. Asdec too. Q boats.

As for 2013, well Day 1 was a bit of a boring event. Sticky Fingers. Day 2 has just started …

Comment from AltBBrown
Time: January 1, 2013, 11:53 am

May The Fates reconsider their malicious behavior towards you in 2013.
Mrs. Compton-
I share your bad vibes. Can’t imagine how the world can creep towards a positive outcome with Teh Won and other leaders of his ilk determining fiscal, environmental and immigration policies. Another sad state is the electorate that keeps reinstating the lunacy.
Behind a maroon the other day at a drive-up ATM. Besides every imaginable diversity meme decal, he had one for “Support Tibet.”

Still gonna try to avoid the news and concentrate on acquiring and reading e-books to take my mind off all the crap.

Wish you all a happy(ier?) and more prosperous New Year!!!!!

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: January 1, 2013, 3:19 pm

We haven’t watched tv since the election and Mr Compton wanted to watch a foot ball game the other day. It was pure torture, even in the game they had to mention politics. We’re watching the pre-show for the Rose Parade now and I may just turn off the sound. The crap that comes out of these libtards mouths. My dog is worried I’ve taken to screaming at the tv! Can’t wait to get back to Netflix!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 1, 2013, 4:40 pm

I’m still maintaining a news blackout, too. Well, I read headlines…and go on to read the article only if I don’t think it’ll give me apoplexy.

Hello! Hungover! You?

Comment from Clifford Skridlow
Time: January 1, 2013, 4:56 pm

Happy new year all. Eggnog all around.

Deborah – you know that there’s a fine P.T. Boat to look at just up 281 in Fredricksburg, right?

Comment from Tibby
Time: January 1, 2013, 8:10 pm

Happy New Year all. We made it through 2012 unscathed, it really wasn’t bad in the large scheme of thins. I’m going to hunker down and hope for the best for 2013.

Comment from Nina
Time: January 1, 2013, 8:16 pm

I was the DD last night so I got to drive an unfamiliar car home from a lovely party on wet, icy, slippery, foggy roads in Oslo. And all went well, so there’s that auspicious start to 2013.

I sincerely hope 13 is better than 12, but I ain’t holding my breath on the DC front.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Comment from Deborah
Time: January 1, 2013, 10:42 pm

SCOTTtheBADGER—I will have to read up on destroyer escorts. Did you serve on one?

Clifford Skridlow—I have not been up the road to see the 309, but I used to belong to the organization that restored her (long before I was a member though). They also acquired the P.T.305 (amazing—both of them out of the same squadron Ron 22). But they couldn’t raise enough money to restore her, and eventually sold her to the World War II Museum in New Orleans. http://www.nationalww2museum.org/see-hear/collections/artifacts/pt-305.html

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: January 2, 2013, 4:46 pm

I am starting out the New Year with a cold. Hopefully it gets better from here….
Happy New Year to all and hoping the hangovers are small!!

Comment from scottthebadger
Time: January 2, 2013, 6:10 pm

Deborah, Good Lord, no! I am only 51, and DEs were WWII vessels. My favorite warship of all time is the JOHN C BUTLER class Destroyer Escort. In the Battle off Samar, one BUTLER class DE, the SAMUEL B ROBERTS, and 3 FLETCHER class Destroyers, the HOEL, the JOHNSTON, and the HEERMAN took on 4 Japanese Battleships, 6 Heavy Cruisers, 2 Light Cruisers, and 11 Destroyers, in order to defend TAFFY 3 the Escort Carrier group that they were the escorts of. They attacked with such viciousness, that the 4 small USN warships drove off the Japanese Task Force, and even managed to sink a Heavy Cruiser. The japanese were convinced that they had been attacked by a squadron of BALTIMORE class Heavy Cruisers. Only HEERMAN returned from the attack. Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts are the spirit of the USN.

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