Happy New Year

It’s almost the end of the year and like most of us, I’m ready to say good-bye to 2020.  Too many of us have lost way too many people this year.  COVID-19 has been a challenge that has taken so much from us.   In this post, I’m going to focus on the positive parts of the year.

We got a new Springsteen album.  We got a new President and Vice-President elect and we got one of the best Cameos ever in a Super-Hero film (looking at you with gratitude Wonder Woman 1984).   Like many of us, we watched a lot of TV.   My top ten shows that I’ve seen at home this year – (and I know I’m leaving off so many other shows)

The Queens Gambit

Ted Lasso

Letter to You documentary

Away

Wonder Woman 1984

Stargirl

Trial of the Chicago 7

Zoey’s Extraordinary Play List

Star Trek Below Decks

The Mandalorian

This year the podcast celebrated its 5th anniversary.   Over the years, there have been a lot of episodes released.

Year       episodes

2015       30          

2016       107        

2017       78          

2018       85          

2019       183        

2020       162        

Total      645        

Thank you to all my guests. The show literally would not exist without you.   No one would listen to me talking to myself.

Coming up in 2021, I have episodes featuring Bud McLaughlin, Joni-Jean Crivello, Chris Nierling, Tod Goldberg & Cliff Reeve.  I’m booking episodes in February & March so if you have a friend who needs to join me, reach out to us both and let’s make this happen.

I hope each of you have a wonderful holiday season.  The Christmas season is a time for hope, happiness and good cheer.   I hope that each of you had a wonderful holiday and that the new Year will bring success, good health and happiness to you and to all you love.

I’ll see you in my dreams.

Jesse

Holiday Extravaganza

It’s been a great celebration week at work. We had name that holiday tune, snowball shake, cookie decoration contest and a candy cane toss. Each day we had a dress up theme, PJ day, Christmas sock & hat day, winter warm up, favorite Holiday Character & today Christmas Sweater day.

We have dozens of gifts to give away, both by our “Punch-a-Bunch” game as well as drawings. We’ve done this while wearing our masks and remaining socially distant. I hope you holiday celebrations are fun, successful and safe.

Name that Holiday Tune Answer sheet

Spoilers…..

don’t scroll down unless you want the answers to the song clips spoiled….

Game 1

Dean Martin – Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time

Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis

Game 2

Bing Crosby – White Christmas

Perry Como  – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Bing Crosby – Have yourself a Merry Christmas Now

Game 3

Mariah Cary – All I want for Christmas

Brad Paisley – Winter Wonderland

Earth Kitt  – Santa Baby

Game 4

Fred Aistare – Santa  Claus is coming to town

John Mellencamp – I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

The Waitress – Christmas Wrapping

Game 5

Jose’ Feliciano – Feliz Navidad

Andy Williams – The most wonderful time of the year

Perry Como – there is no place like home for the holidays

Game 6

Peggy Lee – Jingle Bell Rock

John Lennon – so this is Christmas

Charles Brown – Please come home for Christmas

Game 7

Nat King Cole – Away in a Manager

Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas

Perry Como – It’s beginning to look like Christmas

Game 8

The Ronettes – Frosty the Snowman

Berle Ives – Holly, Jolly Christmas

Manheim Steamheimeer – Deck the Halls

Game 9

Dean Martin – Jingle Bells

Chuck Berry – Run, Run Rudolph

Stevie Wonder – What Christmas means to me

Game 10

The Chipmunks – Christmas don’t be late – The Chipmunk Song

Johnny Mathis – Winter Wonderland

Brave Combo – Must be Santa

Game 11

Kelly Clarkson – Silent Night

Darlene Love Christmas (Baby Please come home)

Band Aide – Do they know it’s Christmas

Game 12

Bruce Springsteen – Blue Christmas

Bing Crosby & David Bowie – Little Drummer Boy

The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick

Game 13

Gene Audrey – Rudolph The red noised Reindeer

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song

Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Coming to Town (intro)

Game 14

Alan Jackson  – O come all your faithful

The Roches – Do you hear what I hear?

Darlene Love – All Alone on Christmas (home alone II song)

Game 15

The Jackson 5 – I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus

Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is coming to town

Judy Garland – Have yourself a very merry Christmas

Game 16

Gene Autrey – Here comes Santa Claus

The Roaches – Deck the Halls

Adam Sandler – The Hanukkah Song

Game 17

Brenda Lee – Rockin around the Christmas Tree

Nat King Cole – O Holy Night

Sara McLaughlin – The River

Game 18

Pentatonix – Joy to the World

Vince Guaraldi Trio – Linus and Lucy (Charlie Brown Christmas)

The Roaches – Halleluiah chorus

Game 19

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song

Brave Combo – Little Drummer Boy

The Beach Boys – We three kings

Game 20

The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick

Gene Autry – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Elvis Presley – Santa Bring my baby back to me

Game 21

Wham – Last Christmas

Bob Hope & Marilyn Maxwell  – Silver Bells

Otis Redding – Merry Christmas Baby

Game 22

Whitney Houston – The First Noel

Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time

Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Time is Here

Game 23

Mariah Carey – All I want for Christmas

Kelly Clarkson – I’ll be home for Christmas

Barenaked Ladies – God Rest ye Merry Gentleman

Game 24

Gene Autry – Up on the rooftop

Johnny Mathis = It came upon a midnight clear 

New Song – Christmas shoes

Game 25

Carrie Underwood – Hark the herald sing

Bing Crosby & David Bowie – Little Drummer Boy (Peace on Earth)

Dolly Parton – Hard Candy Christmas 

Game 26

Julie Andrews – What Child is this

Glee Cast – We need a little Christmas 

The Pogues – Fairy tale of New York 

Game 27

Boris Karloff – Mean one Mr Grinch

Traditional – O little town of Bethlehem 

Merle Haggard – If we can make it through December

Happy Strange Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2011 at Meme’s House

It’s the start of the holiday season.  A holiday season like none of us has seen in our lifetime.  We’ve already seen changes in how we dine in restaurants, attend sports events, concerts and so many other activities.

The CDC is recommending that people not travel this season and to limit Thanksgiving gatherings to small groups in your normal group of family/friends you interact with on a regular basis.   Somehow the recommendation to help us remain safe has been come that somehow the Government is trying to take away Thanksgiving.  That is crazy.  If you want to ignore medical advice and have a big gathering, that is your choice.  I don’t understand how somehow being safe and taking precautions to protect those you love and yourself, has become political.    I don’t care if you voted Republican or Democrat or something else, I want each of you to be safe.  It sucks that we won’t have a big house full of people eating good food, drinking cold beverages & watching the Dallas Cowboys lose on Thursday (OK, they might win but based on what I’ve seen this season….).   However being safe this year, hopefully means that in the years ahead we will have many more chances to celebrate together.

For now, please be safe, remember to socially distance, wash your hands, wear a mask and if you don’t want to do any of those things, it is your right.  You have the right to choose what you want to do with your body (for now at least).  So please do what you think is best for you and those you love.    Love to all and please have a wonderful Thanksgiving (and for those of you not in the US, a wonderful weekend).

What’s next for America

Penn Jillette is one of my favorite performers. I love his podcast, Penn Sunday School, I’ve seen the Penn & Teller show twice in Vegas and their TV Show Fool Us is mandatory viewing at the house. Penn is a very vocal atheist & Libertarian here is his take on what we need from a Joe Biden Administration. I think he is correct and I need to do my part to understand and love my fellow citizens who supported Trump. It won’t be easy for me and others but it needs to be done (In my opinion)

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/09/opinions/post-election-roundup-what-now-america-opinion/index.html

Penn Jillette: You have one job, Joe

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Okay, so it’s not over, there will be court fights, but Joe has won. I used to identify as Libertarian, I used to have opinions on government. I used to think I disagreed with Joe Biden on most everything, but I voted for him. I wanted the other guy fired and I wanted Joe hired and for me the job description is now very simple. I need Joe to love all the Trump supporters. I don’t care if Joe raises taxes. I don’t care if Joe helps add stupid, counterproductive regulations. I don’t care about anything except love and kindness.I’ve never seen Joe as a hero, but now we need a Nelson Mandela. We need MLK. And it needs to be Joe. We need someone who can love the people who hated him and lied about him. He must rise to the occasion.Half the country voted for Trump. These people did not buy a pig in a poke like in 2016, these were people who knew what they were voting for and voted anyway. It’s appalling and horrifying, but these people are not monsters. These people are our neighbors and our relatives. These people are us, and we need someone who can teach us to love them again.Joe started saying the right things already, but he has to go all the way. Please, Joe, make me embarrassed to say anything bad about Trump supporters. Please fill all our hearts with love for each other. Please. This is Joe’s chance to have the situation make him better than he has any right to be. Please teach us to love and understand and move on together.

You have one job, Joe — love all of us.

Penn Jillette, a writer, television host and frequent guest on a wide range of shows, is half of the Emmy Award-winning magic act duo Penn & Teller. His most recent book is “Presto.”

We’ve Been Traveling on Rocky Ground

Over the past 4 years this country has been traveling over Rocky Ground. The Trump administration has taken America into a dark place. A place where we ignore science, we ignore compassion, kindness and love. As a country we ignore the weak, the down trodden, those of us who are different. This administration has locked children in cages, closed our borders, threatened our citizens and has abandoned decency and fairness.

We’ve been traveling over rocky ground, rocky ground
We’ve been traveling over rocky ground, rocky ground

Tend to your flock or they will stray
We’ll be called for our service come judgment day
Before we cross that river wide
The blood on our hands will come back on us twice

Rise up shepherd, rise up
Your flock has roamed far from the hill
The stars have faded, the sky is still
Sun’s in the heavens and a new day is rising

An election has happened. 70 million people voted for things to continue on the same path. However 74 million people voted for change. In January 2021 there will be a “new day rising.”