New Years Celebration 2018... One More Year!

Remember: Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. - Hal Borland

One More Year Has Bit The Dust (Page One)

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Did You Know? - In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve (also known as Old Year's Day or Saint Sylvester's Day in many countries), the last day of the year, is on December 31 which is the seventh day of the Christmas season.

In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink alcoholic beverages, and watch or light fireworks to mark the new year.

Some Christians attend a watchnight service. The celebrations generally go on past midnight into New Year's Day, January 1.

We Are Trying Something New!

We are doing something new this year. We hired "Nine Carat Gold" to play at Old Ranch Country Club! We have know the guys for 15+ years and they played last year for us so we KNOW they are good!

We also invited their wives or significant others to be our guests for the evening so they cold enjoy a great meal and lot of fun along with the rest of us!

As of today, December 23rd, we are "SOLD OUT" with 100 people joining us for the evening... For those who waited too long, we are sorry but the event appears to be fairly popular!

There will be a mix of our family and friends and a few of the Old Ranch "Old Timers" who enjoy good music and dancing.

We arranged with Old Ranch to allow us to join their "private club" New Years since we are bringing our own band (and we are pretty good members).

Several of the members of Old Ranch are going to join us for the festivities because they are "older" and appreciate good music and real dancing!

We can join the private Country Club party and they can join our area (seating permitting). So if you want to join their Las Vegas night, you can! (We just found out that they are bringing two tables into our area so we do not have to walk so far!

This is the first time we have done this so we are excited to see how it is going to work out. Only time will tell!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club

Getting Set Up...

Remember: Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. - Brooks Atkinson

The band arrived at 3:00 PM to get all set up so we popped over to make sure all was going OK. It was going just fine so Paul showed some of the guys around, what the meal arrangement were going to be and other specifics.

Thank you Chad St. James, James Popper, Renee Ord, and Ashley Fox or Old Ranch Country Club for arranging and making the evening VERY SPECIAL!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Nita checks in on our daughters Robin and Michele
who volunteered to meet and greet tonight!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club Now this is what we call being greeted!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Franklyn (Michele's husband) joins the fun!
Lisa and Pete just returned from Long Beach after
picking up Bernie who is turning 96 (Thank you guys!!!!)
Bob, Robin's hubby, is the photographer!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club Vicky and Del right on time... She knows where the oysters are going to be!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
"Jiggers, it's the cops"

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
"Now what do we do!"

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Bob makes the rounds!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Dressed to the 9's!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Where they be?

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Ah ha... Caught powering up for the next four hours!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Our party was not a bit bashful... Sounded like a thundering herd
going down the hallway to the dinner selections!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
This helped us remember what we are celebration!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Jon and Paul compare notes!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Meeting and greeting is well underway!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Bob s'plains something...

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Our grandson and his lady, Kerrick, joined us this evening

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Now you see them; now you don't!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Guess who is the "Birthday Girl"

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Jan greets Craig & Marianne

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Will sports the new look... Tux with tennies!

Did You Know? - In the late 18th century, people wore rubber soled shoes called plimsolls, but they were pretty crude—for one thing, there was no right foot or left foot.

Around 1892, the U.S. Rubber Company came up with more comfortable rubber sneakers with canvas tops, called Keds. By 1917, these sneakers began to be mass produced.

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
The food be coming... Irene and John doing 60...

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Kayla and Grandson Connor trying a little of everything!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
They even had "health food" this evening!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club

Did You Know? - Oysters are good for the environment: they each filter between 30 and 50 gallons of water a day.

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club Bob makes his final selections

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Meet James Popper... Old Ranch Food & Beverage Manager!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Cheeses and cold cuts by the ton!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
The "Cigarette Ladies"

Did You Know? - Cigarette girl in European and American context generally refers to a person that sells or provides cigarettes from a tray held by a neck strap. They may also carry cigars, and many novelty items like lighted roses, candy, snacks, chewing gum, lighted jewelry, and lighted yo-yo's on their trays.

The modern image of cigarette girl developed in the 1920s with the urbanization of America. Though largely not seen outside of speakeasies and supper clubs, cigarettes girls were frequently shown in Hollywood films and soon became well-established among the general public. ] The cigarette girl of the night club became a staple figure of film and theatre.

With the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, speakeasies across America closed and cigarettes girls soon found employment in more popular business destinations.

Cigarette girls were a common sight in restaurants, clubs, bars, airports and casinos during the 1930s and 1940s in the United States. From the end of World War II into the 1950s, cigarette girls further expanded into sporting events and in the lobbies of theaters and music halls during intermissions.

With the rise of cigarette machines in the mid-1950s, however, venue owners no longer needed to seek out cigarettes girls who worked for a paycheck and the girls largely vanished from the public eye. There were still some casinos and other night club establishments that still use cigarette girls today, especially in Las Vegas.


New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Circa 1945

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
The lines moved pretty fast this evening

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Marianne and Craig make a beautiful couple

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
All smiles

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
James and Chad St. James (The House Manager) keep an eye open
and pay attention to the details!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Love the ice sculpture

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
A little of this; a little of that!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Back for seconds OR to the dessert tray, that is the question?

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
All smiles... A good thing!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Kathy is on a mission

Did You Know? - Cherries jubilee is a dessert dish made with cherries and liqueur (typically Kirschwasser), which is subsequently flambéed, and commonly served as a sauce over vanilla ice cream.

The recipe is generally credited to Auguste Escoffier, who prepared the dish for one of Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebrations, widely thought to be the Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Other flambéed fruit dishes include bananas Foster, mangos diablo (mangos flambéed in tequila) and pêches Louis (peaches flamed in whiskey).

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Nita and Neal seemed to be quite satisfied and ready to dance!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club
Grandson Connor was crowned!

New Years Eve 2018 At Old Ranch Country Club