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December 31st, 2007
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New Year's Party Online - Dreams May Change Form, but they Never Die :)
We're starting early for the benefit of revelers in other time zones :)

Welcome to the third annual online New Year Celebration! This year you find yourselves dressed in flowing gowns with ruffles and petticoats and white gloves (or black suits and shined boots). You're helped down onto the muddy, well-watered, lush green lawn of a restored Victorian mansion from a carriage (electrically powered like a tramway as the beautiful, well-fed horses are taking a holiday also). Or you arrive in a dilithium-powered spaceship and descend on the home's sloping gabled roof and climb in through the little porthole-shaped window at the very top, take your choice :)

As you enter, you stare up at the moon as it journeys through a sky traversed by migrant clouds and protruding tree branches. It illuminates the cobblestone pathway, as well as scattered ivy and blackberry bushes and mulberry trees. You smell the organic wetness of a California winter, full of plantlife as it's not cold enough to snow over and actually raining enough to water the earth. A stray cat or possum or two gives you a skittish, then friendly look, and you smile as you enter the tinsel-strewn mansion.

You notice white candles surrounded by evergreen juniper branches and silver tinsel and blue ribbon upon all the windowsills, alcoves, and little oaken end tables. People sit at multiple piano benches, serenading you harmoniously with Fleetwood Mac, Rachmaninov, Beethoven, the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, Vusi Mahlasela, Irish folktunes, Debussy, Matt Kearney, Sarah McLachlan, everyone's favorite music in turn. Somehow everyone who listens to the pianos and violins and drums and guitars hears his or her own favorite music, whatever is most personally meaningful and inspirational.

The front door - actually all the home's doors and windows - remain open throughout the festivities, as this celebration is open to all living beings and shall remain so. Several rooms are filled with people: the kitchen, where an energy-efficient solar stove heats lemon ginger couscous, marzipan fruit, Mexican burritos with extra guacamole, pasta with marinara sauce, and many other delicacies. Fruit salad with kumquats, loquats, mulberries, plums, and kiwis is out for the taking, as are various varieties of hummus and flavored chips. Somehow the kitchen works like the drawing-room: everyone finds his/her own favorite food and snack. A full bar serves any cocktail (alcoholic and not) you could dream up, and everyone around laughs and smiles and seems high on life itself.

The bedrooms and dens and hallways are festooned with artworks from throughout the centuries: Michelangelo, Leonardo, cave painting replicas, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Waterhouse, Ansel Adams, Boucher, Vigee-LeBrun, Galen Rowell, etc. People stop to admire, and to pick up colored pencils and pens and add to a huge public mural.

Several rooms, also covered with greenery and white candles, show movies of people's choice (Lord of the Rings and Chocolat are perennial favorites) and hold stacks of books (Wuthering Heights, of course - New Year's Day is when Heathcliff and Catherine transcended the boundaries of social class and life and death and nature and society and found union with each other on the windswept moors through the power of enduring love and imagination.) Other novels include sci fi, fantasy, epic novels, literary fiction - again, everyone's personal favorite and most inspirational book materializes :) People dance the tango, swing, waltz, etc in a large ballroom with wandering minstrels providing live music. Everyone dances the dance of creation and cleansing destruction, the renewing eternal creative rhythms of Lord Shiva and Jehovah and Allah and the molecules and atoms and quantum particles making up this universe. And we play party games (Outburst, Taboo, Pictionary, etc.) Large telescopes set up outside offer a view of lunar craters and Mars, and a poetry reading and talent show is in progress in a large den.

Discordian Pope Elena Romanescu of the POEE Vegan Hobo Cabal, Patron of Life and Lupines and Beauty and Human Rights and Animals and Plants and Coffee Beans and All Starving Artists and Creative Types, smiles and offers her papal blessings.

This New Year is a time to lay aside old grudges and hurts and wounds, for oneself as much as for the other parties involved, and to come together in a new Beloved Community in the tradition of Coretta Scott King. Also a time to honor the potential for infinite possibilities this coming year - the power of creativity and hope to allow us to transform whatever happens into craft and beauty and to transcend previously thought to be impermeable boundaries through imagination.

"I'm going to show you a world without rules or controls, without boundaries or fences. A world where anything is possible. And where we go from here - that's up to you." -- Neo, from the Matrix. Discordian Saint First Class.

Pope Romanescu also sends love to Erin of projectdownload, a lovely artist, writer, and cook who just received a wonderful donation allowing her to proceed with the first few of her lifesaving brain surgeries. We all thank her beautiful anonymous angel and encourage people to send her loving wishes towards getting well soon from her recent seizure and to keep clicking on her free small virusfree text document to help support more surgery. She doesn't want to ask people for money directly as everyone's having a hard time and could use some help with the economy the way it is - so she's participating in an online rewards program for providing publicity to MegaUpload for having a file downloaded a certain number of times. Seriously, everyone check this out. There's so much love in the community and you will be humbled and amazed.

My new friend davidkevin also has a friend struggling with mental and physical illness who's a very funny, articulate, clever guy who could use some support. If you scroll down to the bottom of davidkevin's journal, you will see the link to the man's blog (and I'll post a better link myself when I get a chance.)

ladycatherina and Pope Romanescu also encourage people to click on http://www.thehungersite.com and support a variety of hunger, animal, rainforest, literacy, breast-cancer related causes for free (advertiser-supported search site, no info collected.) Also consider using http://www.goodsearch.com to support charitable organizations (Yahoo search results, small donation made for each search to any registered nonprofit you choose.) I am partial towards the International Rescue Committee (assists refugees and immigrants worldwide with integrating into societies and finding food and shelter), Mercy Corps (humanitarian relief and community empowerment), the U.S. Campaign for Burma (supports democracy and Aung San Suu Kyi), Trees, Water, People (reforestation, jobs, and efficient stoves in South America and U.S. Native reservations), Warm Hearts, Warm Babies (knitting circle for baby blankets for poor and sick local children), the Household Goods Recycling Ministry (what it sounds like, local MA group that's apparently efficient with cash), and Women Writing for a Change (group supporting writers' workshops for beginning writers.)

Happy New Year Everyone!!! This is open for comments from anyone and everyone, as always. I actually have to step away from the comp for awhile as I'm visiting the Chabot Museum for their annual New Year event (balloon drop and astronomical highlights, designed to coincide with Greenwich Mean Time.) So it would be very wonderful if someone got involved and welcomed people while I'm away - I will be back this afternoon PST though.

Music to get people started:

Abba's I Have a Dream, sung by Angel Voices Boys' Choir: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neOX4e82nEw

Sara Brightman's The War is Over: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHMFpnNpWeE

Matt Kearney's Nothing Left to Lose: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbFo6u7l23k

Deathcab's Into the Dark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdOvmyndeio

Lord of the Rings - May it Be (video with spectacular scenery): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljm5225B_cg

Avril Lavigne - Keep Holding On: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TR_Bij2uw4&feature=related

Seasons of Love - from RENT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMEAiLrS0go

Vusi Mahlasela's Thula Mama: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW0SMk-HJ3M If anyone finds Basimanyana online please post!!

Dougie McLean's Caledonia, video with scenery of Scotland: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMH0HlrccMs

Celine Dion and Josh Groban - The Prayer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db1-IlnW2YY

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Christmas Canon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzhfJNCMkX0

Sri Ganesh Kirtan - traditional Hindu New Year song for Auspicious Blessings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHnsdL7biQo
This was a songlist favorite from last year.

Rachmaninov's Vocalise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek-GwyUOmUs

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (excerpt): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikQWfO2BhVI

Schumann's Reverie from Childhood, played by a (very good!) child: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L05moolhSb4
Schumann, the true Romantic soul, intrepid with pursuing musical perfection through his madness.

Please post more music - and if it hits midnight anyone's time, a link to Auld Lang Syne would be wonderful :) Back soon - Pope Romanescu

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From:janewilliams20
Date:December 31st, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Hi... I tried to start one of these earlier for the benefit of my Aussie and NZ friends, but it looks as if they were all out at non-virtual parties. Still, I can attend both at once, can't I? I'll just leave one of them drinking quietly while I browse through your music collection....
Thirsty sheep
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From:ladycatherina
Date:December 31st, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Welcome! And please feel free to comment with any suggestions or selections, I made a random sample of personal favorites :) You may provide a link to your party also.
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From:ladycatherina
Date:January 1st, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
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Welcome! Hello to you, and passing over some humanely killed insects and seeds for your friend :)

Maybe people here would be interested in learning more about the culture and flora and fauna of New Orleans? Just a thought, if you wanted to write a little blurb. Happy New Year!
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From:alliterati
Date:December 31st, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
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*brought my weather with me*

Thought I'd bring the snow. Since it seems you don't have it. And this is magic Michigan snow, you can enjoy its sparkles wherever you are. Well tomorrow anyway...when I get out with the camera.

Happy New Year everyone!! (from someone who will be off at a local celebration).
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From:ladycatherina
Date:January 1st, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
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Happy New Year, and welcome! Thanks for stopping in, and for the music and the cascading snowflakes :)

*makes a snow angel*
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From:alliterati
Date:December 31st, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Ellis Paul's 'God's Promise': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=et-4WksmFkk

(I prefer 'Blizzard' but can't find it, any Ellis Paul tends to be good though.)

Goo Goo Dolls 'Better Days': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BlX0SpIbuU
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From:ladycatherina
Date:January 1st, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the music! And I knew you'd bring Better Days...I was going to post it myself if you didn't ;) Excellent, hopeful song, and I hope 2008 brings even better days ahead for you.
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From:janewilliams20
Date:December 31st, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
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It's the seventh day of Xmas. While I go and look for seven swans a-swimming, here's a rather interesting rendition of the full song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fe11OlMiz8
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From:janewilliams20
Date:December 31st, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
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still can't find seven swans, but here's four cygnets from the Bolshoi.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY4Y1gTO9HE
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From:janewilliams20
Date:December 31st, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
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Almost midnight now. Here's a wee dram to fill your glasses in readiness
Only Needs Water
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From:sweetgingertea
Date:January 1st, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
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Cheers!
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From:janewilliams20
Date:January 1st, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
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Happy New Year!
Hogmanay fireworks 2005 (1)
and here's Kenneth to sing to you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ868tXpTRI
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From:ladycatherina
Date:January 1st, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the fireworks and the drinks!! Let's have a toast to 2008!!
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From:silmerin
Date:January 1st, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
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::waves:: Hiya! I'm here from projectdownload -- thought it would be rather rude and not exactly in the spirit of things to drop in and leave with nary a comment. ^__^

Love the music selection! And are those baked apples I smell?
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From:janewilliams20
Date:January 1st, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
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(sniffs the air) I think you're right about the baked apples. The gluwein's good, too, for warming up frozen fingers.
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From:esotaria
Date:January 1st, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
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I vote for party games!!!

What's one thing you want to do before you die?
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From:artistefolle
Date:January 1st, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
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Hey Cristina,

Thanks, for the invite. I am actually spending a pretty calm New Year's Eve. I had loads of fun on my activity filled trip this past week so I am taking a vacation from my vacation now. lol

I really liked the ambiance you described. There is only one powerful song that makes me reminisce about this past year and others- "Auld Lang Syne" . It doesn't matter how happy I am on New Year's Eve, as soon as I hear that song, it makes me cry as I remember the friends I have lost either through death or distance.

I prefer celebrating New Year's Day as oppose to New Year's Eve. For the past few years, I have made it a tradition to attend "A Salute to Vienna" which is the New Year's Day concert celebrated all throughout North America and Europe. The music of the Strausses (father & son) is contagious with happiness! I hope to see the event in Austria one day.

http://salutetovienna.com/

I think I'll cuddle up with my new book "I,Michelangelo,Sculptor" (autobiography of Michelangelo Buanarroti) (old copy newly bought) and touch up a portrait of my friend's 3 daughters.

Best wishes for 2008!
xoxo

http://www.maybole.org/community/celebrations/christmas/greetings/AuldLangSyne2.mp3

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll take 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 about the braes
And pou'd the gowans fine.
We've wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin' auld lang syne.

We twa hae sported i' the burn,
From morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin' auld lang syne.

And ther's a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie's a hand o' thine;
We'll tak' a right good willie-waught,,
For auld lang syne.
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From:ladycatherina
Date:January 1st, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
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Welcome! Thanks for dropping by, and thanks for Auld Lang Syne! I also very much love that song and the nostalgia it brings up.

I also love the Strausses' music and it would be wonderful to see the event you mentioned live in Austria! I'd love to come with you if you go someday :) My mother actually gave a presentation on Richard Strauss in college and how his music tied in with the mood and spirit of the era in which he composed.

How's your writing? I would love to check out a chapter or two of your novel! I just finished a third draft of Winter Sunrises, but know I still have major work to do with the piece.
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From:ladycatherina
Date:January 1st, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
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Walk On, by U2 - a tribute to jailed democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, of Burma: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pthck2ZfLH4

http://www.uscampaignforburma.org

Coldplay's Speed of Sound: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMOOHGhB_b4
The musicians say this song is about the euphoria and sense of being able to do anything that the lead singer felt when his wife became pregnant and he felt the joy of becoming a father for the first time. Seems fitting with New Year's :)
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From:sweetgingertea
Date:January 1st, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
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Happy New Year! Passes you blueberries!
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From:ladycatherina
Date:January 1st, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
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Happy New Year to you also! How are you? I actually have some dried blueberries on hand, received them in my Christmas stocking :)

*passes you some soy yogurt and delectable fruit cocktail*
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From:esotaria
Date:January 1st, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
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More party games! =DD

What's the best book you've read this year?
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From:ladycatherina
Date:January 1st, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
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Khaled Hosseini's Kite Runner. Definitely. Beautiful, detailed descriptions of Afghanistan before and after the Taliban - and a very interesting story with lots of twists and turns. Everything was very well structured and organized but written in such a way that we readers got hit with the shock along with the characters. The movie is great too - loved the opening credits and the music.

How about you?
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From:bookaddict88
Date:January 1st, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
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Popping in to say "Happy New Year's!" to everyone! Not that anyone knows me yet, but I guess parties are a great way to meet people. Speaking of parties, it's only 8:21pm here, and I'm off to a RL party. Then Rose Parade in the morning, woohoo! So I hope you all have a great time, and I'm sorry I can't stay longer!

*pops back out*
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From:esotaria
Date:January 1st, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
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Sounds like you're having way too much fun! =D Nice to meet you, and happy New Year!!!!
From:megfuruta
Date:January 1st, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)

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I really like the content of this journal=)
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From:ladycatherina
Date:January 1st, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)

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Thanks! Welcome to the party, too - Happy New Year! Are you and your family drinking sparkling cider or doing something to celebrate?

If you're still around, I'd like you to answer esotaria's question about favorite books, if you like ;)

Sorry to take so long to get back to you - fighting a slow Net connection tonight :(
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From:esotaria
Date:January 1st, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!
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From:phen0type
Date:January 1st, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
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Why, hullo there! We're a bit late, but we did want to come in and say something this year, as we enjoyed it quite a lot last year. *Walks in and listens to classical music.*
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From:ladycatherina
Date:January 1st, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Wishing you and yours a pleasant New Year! Sorry not to comment until now, was fighting Internet trouble.

*serves you an elegant glass of Cabernet Sauvignon and puts on Bach*
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From:hessgasm
Date:January 1st, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
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HAY GUISE. you'd think i'd miss coming in here? *waves and gives you all a bunch of unhealthy new year's snacks and alcohol* *laughs*
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From:yavari
Date:January 1st, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
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That is so typical of you, Hess dear!

- Yumi <3
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From:foreverwish
Date:January 1st, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
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*comes in and looks through one of the telescopes*

Happy New Year! Thank you for inviting me! :)
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From:ladycatherina
Date:January 1st, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
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*points out Venus to you now that it's the middle of the afternoon and the computer is letting me finally post my comment :) *
*I'll show you Orion, Gemini, Cetus, and the Little Dipper tonight if you like*
P.S. If you all end up moving to our side of the bay perhaps there will be a way to get you to the Chabot Museum more often!
*Takes your hand and dances with you, then invites you to a dressup tea party in one of the other rooms*
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From:yavari
Date:January 1st, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! *hands you a bowl of miso*

- Yumi, on behalf of myself and the other writers here in yavari.
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From:ladycatherina
Date:January 1st, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
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*delicately sips miso, which I love* Thanks, and welcome to the party! I secretly think we should continue this for another day for whomever's still around :) I was actually going to invite some professional scientists to liven up the conversation before my Net slowed down last night. Did inspire me to become more active in the neuroscience community though...will start posting there more often.

How are you? How's your research, and your family and everything?
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From:cabotinage
Date:January 1st, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! *throws hands out and makes a grand entrance, and snitches some of the healthy snacks.* *smiles* I've put on that Sri Ganesh kirtan. *dances in time with the music*
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From:ladycatherina
Date:January 1st, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
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*brings you some blueberries to share with sweetgingertea as well as some salad with romaine lettuce and pine nuts*

Om jai Sri Ganesh, Sri Ganesha Jaya. Om jai Sri Ganesh, Sri Ganesha Jaya.

*dances with you, as I have my virtual sense of rhythm here!*

How are you? How's your research, and Albert and Perpetua?
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From:randomposting
Date:January 1st, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
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Happy New Year!! So sorry I missed this. What an awesome awesome entry!
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From:ladycatherina
Date:January 1st, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for joining us all last night, and Happy New Year!! Let's give peace a chance in 2008 ;)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 1st, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)

Happy New Years from Santa Cruz!

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Hi ladycatherina,
Just dropping by to say hi and to wish you a happy new year. I usually miss your virtual parties but I made it this year! Time for me to go back out and check out the downtown Santa Cruz street party. -Carl
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From:ladycatherina
Date:January 1st, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Happy New Years from Santa Cruz!

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Hi! Happy New Year and nice to hear from you! Downtown street party sounds fun - how was it? Sorry to get back to you so late, was fighting a slow Net connection last night.
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From:fairly
Date:January 1st, 2008 09:22 am (UTC)
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cabotinage thinks that she can make a grand entrance? Well, I can make an even GRANDER entry! *flounces in, fluffing her hair.*

By the way, I've made the hundredth comment. <3
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From:cabotinage
Date:January 1st, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)
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Heh, Kerry! You make me laugh! Why, I can do better than you, my dear! <3 I've got 12 years on you, don't you know?
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