Posts Tagged ‘Auld Lang Syne
Do you have a favorite version of Auld Lang Syne you would like to share?
Here in Boystown, the bars play very upbeat, high-energy renditions that are mixed by in-house VJs. I’m trying to find examples of the best ones, but these VJs are very protective of their mixes and never put them on YouTube (which I think is very stupid, actually, because they could turn these clips into self-promotion engines, for themselves and for their bars, considering all the free advertising those clips would generate).
Do you have any specific “Auld Lang Synes” that you ALWAYS listen to every New Year?
What are your New Year’s Eve plans and do you have any special foods or activities you do on New Year’s Day you could share with us?
It seems to be a tradition here in the Midwest to have Chinese food on New Year’s Eve, and pork roast on New Year’s Day…and forgiveness is also a big part of New Year’s tradition. It’s one of two days here in Boystown when everyone seems to encourage each other to let go of whatever petty things they hold against others…with the other day being Pride Sunday in June. “Oh, stop going on about that, it’s Pride! Let it go” is as common in June as hearing “It’s a new year. Let it go. Who cares if Mikos stole your boyfriend. Tomorrow’s 2011. Steal his”.
Does the straight world have a similar take on this, with or without the boyfriend stealing?
What version of Auld Lang Syne will you be playing, even if it’s just in your head, as the New Year breaks tomorrow night?
Can we all just agree on one thing? None of us are ever going to lose that last 20 pounds, or squeeze into those size 28 Dolce & Gabannas we rocked back in high school. It’s just not going to happen, people. The food in Chicago is just way, way too good (well, what’s left of it after Oprah’s finished, our beloved Lake Michigan babbling Charybdis).
So, let’s not waste resolutions on weight loss this year, because that’s just not going to happen.
Instead, let’s all resolve to do something that matters, and let that something be directed at closing the gaping partisan divide in this country.
We don’t know about you, but we’re a bunch of guys here in Boystown who were forever changed by Election 2008. We failed in our efforts to make Hillary Rodham Clinton the nation’s first female president. Though we are chipper and snarky as a rule here, you will never know how much this will always haunt us. Whenever we knock back too many Pilsners at Sidetrack’s, and the hour gets late, and we find ourselves alone walking home, past all the venues we threw fundraisers, phone banking parties, or held Team Hillary meetings in, we break our own rules and dwell on what could have been. IF ONLY. Could have. Should have. Would have.
Because she would have made a fantastic president. But, her friends here in Chicago tell us repeatedly that she’ll never run again — this was it, and that she won’t put herself through the sexist and misogynist grief again. She will work her heart out as Secretary of State for the next four years…and after that, who knows? Those in the know tell us there won’t be any more campaigns…but we’ll always hope for Team Hillary to rise again in 8 years.
Not that Team Hillary’s gone anywhere, or HillBuzz is going anywhere. We look forward to continuing our snarky take on politics going forward, from our vantage point as moderate Hillary Democrats watching American domestic and foreign policy closely, telling you what we see between the lines. Maintaing this site takes more work than most of you realize — which makes us laugh every time some troll makes their nasty little remarks. If you have so many opinions and can do things so much better, then start up TrollBuzz and show us all how it is done. Otherwise, grow up, and move out of your mother’s basement. Because you smell.
Besides resolving to keep improving what we do here (and committing to learning new skills like photoshop and flash animation that will allow us to move HillBuzz to an interactive .com or .net on our own server in 2009, once we figure out how exactly to do all of this), we also promise to keep working hard to force a moderate, rational Democratic voice into prominence on the net. For too long, the political conversation has been dominated by the polar fringes on both sides, while the nation sits more or less in the middle. Until this election, we wore our blinders like good little unthinking Democrats…always towing the party line, calling Republicans nasty names, unquestioningly doing whatever the Kennedys or Pelosis or Deans of the world told us to do.
Those days are gone.
Never to return.
When Democrats are right, we’ll say they are right. When Republicans are right, ditto. When either side is wrong or steeped in crazed, cultish megalomana, we’ll call the deserving parties out. Because this election proved to us, for the first time, that the Congressional Democratic caucus is no Hall of Heroes. There are good Democrats, and then there’s Harry Reid, John Kerry, Claire McCaskill, and other people we hate. And for all the Republicans on our bad side, there are members of the GOP we truly like and admire, like John McCain, George Voinovich, Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe, and, most of all, SARAH PALIN.
That brings us to our biggest resolution of the New Year: we are going to do everything we can to make sure Sarah Palin wins re-election as Governor of Alaska in 2010. We’re even planning on heading up to Alaska to campaign for her in whatever way we can (and that’s so not because we want to go snowmachining with Todd, though we wouldn’t say no). And, we truly do hope she’ll run for President in 2012, when we’ll offer to run Illinois for her campaign. Team Hillary loves Team Sarah. For some reason, that drives trolls crazy, because the left’s trying its radical best to paint Palin in shades of Anita Bryant, but we see Sarah for who she really is: the only person we see on the field who has any chance of beating Obama in 2012.
Yes, Hillary is not Sarah and Sarah is not Hillary, but we are, in fact, allowed to like and support both of them for different reasons. Oprah’s allowed to like and devour both pizza and burgers, which are very much not the same, and no one’s critical of her ability to love both (because, really, it’s washing her butt with soap she doesn’t like, while all food’s top of the charts). We don’t agree with either Hillary or Sarah on everything, but we trust them both, and want to see them both succeed. When we wake up in the morning and feel especially lazy after too many Pilsners at Sidetrack the night before, we kick ourselves into gear remembering somewhere on the East Coast Hillary Clinton’s already kicking ass and taking names over something…and somewhere on the far West Coast, Sarah Palin’s doing the same thing, you betcha. In different ways, in different parties, on different coasts, but both with a burning love of this country in their hearts.
Here in Chicago, we resolve to continue doing our best to bring people who feel the same way together, and honing all of our campaigning skills for 2010 and beyond. We’re going to be the bridge in Boystown that makes Chicago’s Young Republicans and its Moderate Hillary Democrats see we all have more in common than the media leads us all to believe. Republicans and Democrats do not have to be the Hatfields and McCoys anymore. We can be friends. We can work together. We can make fun of terrible people in either party, with gratuitous slams on Oprah’s smelly butt to boot.
Because the biggest thing we took from campaigning this year was just how great the people of this country are. We went to 27 states for Hillary Clinton and John McCain combined, and phone banked into about 40 total. We had experiences we never dreamed we’d have, and met people in places we never knew existed. We’ve seen how good most people are at heart, and how stupidly party labels get in our way.
We’ll never call a Republican a vampire again…and we hope more than a few Republicans stop calling us Hildabeasts or Dumacrats too. The name-calling hasn’t gotten anyone anywhere. Neither has rehashing longstanding battles on social issues like abortion or gay marriage. For the next four years, can’t we table these two divisive battles, take a breather, and maybe work on saving our economy, getting us off foreign energy dependence, and creating an election process that’s fair, tamper-proof, and CREDIBLE. Among other things a first-ever true bipartisan movement in this country could achieve.
Once we’re all back on our feet, and the world as we know it’s no longer crashing around our ears, we can all go back to bickering and sermonizing on social issues…but for the time being, let’s set our sites on ECONOMIC ISSUES, and cutting the waste, corruption, and fraud out of our government.
Or maybe we moderates can ultimately bring about the CHANGE! Obama’s promised, which all of us know full well he has no intention of delivering.
We’re just a bunch of guys in Boystown who love Hillary Clinton (and now Sarah Palin too), who were activated and brought together by this campaign. We started this site to reach out to others who want to make a bipartisan difference…and think we’ve found a few of you out there. In 2009, we resolve to work hard, amp things up, learn new skills, and keep the snark flowing. And maybe lose those 20 pounds, too.
‘Cause the vintage Dolces in the closet are KILLER.
Happy New Year, everyone – from Boystown to your town.