Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category

Let’s Pretend it’s Mardi Gras

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Mardi Gras has been ruined for the 2nd year in a row. Thank God USA Today has a list of the 10 Best Ways to Celebrate Mardi Gras at Home.

1. Decorate in green, gold and purple.
Dare to be ugly.

2. Have a seafood boil.
Eew.

3. Eat a king cake.
Okay.

4. Mix a Mardi Gras martini.
Okay with that also. Oop, made a mistake. Let’s try another one.
Whoopsie. Did it again. Let’s make three and see which one is best. Then we’ll make that one.
Uh-oh…

5. Make a shoebox float.
Then look at it.

6. Learn some Cajun French.
Gitcha gitcha gris-gris gumbo yaya. Done.

7. Snack on some MoonPies.
Got it.

8. See some house floats.
Mardi Gras without the flashers, but a good excuse to keep your Christmas lights up.

9. Dress up your dog.
No. It embarrasses you and annoys the dog.

10. Take a virtual tour of Mardi Gras World.
It’s kinda cool in a 2nd grade field trip kinda way, but it’s virtual so it’s more like shopping for mattress covers online.

Enough of that nonsense. Let’s do this instead.

 

Die Schnabelperchten

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

12 drummers drumming won’t stop them.

With a gentle “Ga Ga Ga”, they make their way from house to house, checking that homes have had the appropriate upkeep, whether the floor has been properly swept and every corner has been dusted. Heaven forbid you don’t clean your house correctly – the ancient version of the legend says that, if that’s the case, the Schnabelperchten will slice open your stomach with a long pair of shears and empty all of the rubbish inside!

Let it be said, however, that the Schnabelperchten are generally welcome guests – especially since they bring happiness and blessings for the coming year.

Schnabelperchten (more than one beaked Perchta) roam around the Alpine region of Austria in midwinter, appearing on or before the eve of the Twelfth Night, the last of the “Twelve Days” of Christmas, the “Haunted Season.”

[h/t Mme. Jujujive. Top image and caption found here. More Perchta lore here and here.]


Update: Just spotted this, and I wasn’t even looking for it.

Happy New Year I think.

Friday, 1 January 2021

 

 

 

[Found here.]

New Year’s Eve 2020

Thursday, 31 December 2020

[Bottom image found here. Top .gif modified, found here.]

Santa Claus. He’s coming. Tonight.

Thursday, 24 December 2020

Christmas of Joy

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Click on any image to spread the Joy.
Images found here and elsewhere (via here).

USS IOWA BB-61

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

The battleship USS IOWA (BB-61) circa Christmas 1983.

“It usually took us (Electricians Mates with assistance from the ICmen, Gunners Mates, Bos’n Mates, Quartermasters) three days to rig & test this light display… 10,856 light bulbs total.

This is the award winning display that won us the “Best Large Surface Combatant” award for four out of our six year commissioning during the eighties. (MED Cruise in 87, lost to USS America in 84)

I served aboard from Dec.1983 to June 1989, was involved with each and every one of those displays.”

Martin A. (Marty) Palmiere EMC(SW) USN(ret.)
USS Iowa BB-61 ’83-’89

[Image and comment found here.]

Christmas of Wonder

Monday, 21 December 2020

Click on any image to enjoy the splendor.
All images (and more) found in here.

Saturday Matinee – Santa’s Roundeer, Greenies Snowman, The Rocker Covers, The Tractors, Postmodern Jukebox & Sleepy Man

Saturday, 19 December 2020

Santa’s Roundeer (Rollin’ Wild).

Pure Calvin. [h/t Corrine L.]

Straight outta Gloucestershire, The Rocker Covers covered Carey in Bath, England.

The TractorsSanta Claus is Comin’ (in a Boogie Woogie Choo-Choo Train) has a nasty intro, but keep with it because it rocks and the vid is cool.

Early Postmodern Jukebox:
Scott Bradlee on keyboard, Ben Golder-Novick on saxoblaster.
[Previously posted here in 2013.]

Sleepy Man, formerly Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, aka the Mizzone brothers, polish up this overwrought standard.

That’ll do for now. Have a great weekend, folks and we’ll be back tomorrow for all your last-minute Christmas browsing needs.

The .Gif Friday Post No. 661 – Winter

Friday, 18 December 2020

[All .gif transformations were created from photos found via DuckDuckGo image search. Photos for top morph were stolen shamelessly and without permission from Dan J.]


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