Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

2009 is coming to an end, and 2010 is drawing near. Sometimes is amazes me how holidays and such have evolved for me through the years. When I was very young, I was excited to get to stay up late and watch Guy Lombardo ring in the new year with my parents. In my teens, I remember finding Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve and claiming it as my own. Once I moved with Bill to Brooklyn in the 80s, we would venture out to Spectrum, a gay club in Brooklyn where they filmed Saturday Night Fever, complete with that dance floor. [I recently discovered that club was torn down in 2005]

1993 changed things a bit for me. After nearly 10 years in NYC, I decided to move back to Delaware from NYC in September. A few days after Christmas, I went into the hospital, and spent New Year's Eve and day there. I was eventually told I had colon cancer, and had surgery. This was followed by 50 of 52 weeks of chemotherapy, and the appropriate weekly blood tests. Following that period of being a pin-cushion, I wasn't really up for a whole lot of big partying. Pretty much from that point on, I preferred a quieter celebration for New Year, whether I was in Delaware, Rhodes Island, or Vermont. But I do tend to be somewhat introspective, and very grateful for each new year I can welcome.

And while some might be remembering Michael Jackson or Patrick Swayze, I will be thinking of my dear Timon, my moody teenaged feline son, who I lost in June after nearly 15 years together. He was born on the farm in Delaware, and had been with me from the time he was a few months old. He moved with me to Rhodes Island, and again later to Vermont. When I was sick, he was there to comfort me, and I him.

And I will be listening to a traditional song by Daniel J. Cartier. He does a particularly haunting and beautiful version of Auld Lang Syne which I find irresistible. Here it is.

Happy New Year.


  1. Happy new year to you too, have a great 2010, the even numbered years are always better I feel x

  2. I love it when you share some personal stories about your life. And I'm also glad I finally got to meet you. You are a very intresting person and you can sure share some great music with us all! I hope you find much peace love and happiness in the New Year! Take care Howard!


  3. Happy New Year, my darling Howard.

    And I almost fell over when you mentioned Spectrum. I used to go there when I lived in Brooklyn, and always had a good time.


  4. David, thank you, and happy new year to you!

    Maddie, dear Maddie, hope you and the boy-toy are having a fantabulous time!

    David D, our paths just seemed to have crossed, haven't they? I do need to visit soon!

    Corve, thank you, and thanks for stopping by!

  5. Thanks for sharing that personal story - I understand what you mean about appreciating life!

  6. SteveA, thanks for your support!



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