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Out With the Old, In With the New! The New Year's Thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by D'Snowth, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    We have our Christmas thread, our Thanksgiving thread, our Halloween thread, and our Valentine's Day thread... it stands to reason that we need a thread to discuss what we hope will come with the new year ahead of us, how we feel about leaving the old year behind, and talk about our unrealistic resolutions that we'll break by January 3.

    So, yeah, 2014 has certainly been an off year for me, but I'm not at all surprised: years that end in even numbers are always poor years for me for some reason (except for 2008, however, that was the best year of my life), so I'm certainly glad to leave 2014 in the dust and keep it there.

    Seems like 2014 has also been a less than pleasant year for a lot of other people as well; I've seen floating around FB that people are hoping that 2015 will be, "The Year of Positive Changes." I can go for that.

    As for resolutions, I never make resolutions, because I know they'll be broken anyway. :p

    And now, here's Snowth's Guide to Years Past to the Best of his Memory:
    • 1989-1994: Too much of a blur
    • 1995: Stellar, okay year, a year full of firsts: first loose tooth, first time wearing glasses, first surgery (tonsilectomy), first year of school...
    • 1996: Odd, not really noteworthy year
    • 1997: Slightly better year, but still not too noteworthy
    • 1998: A rollercoster year, but in hindsight, pretty interesting and memorable
    • 1999: A pretty darn good year, I must say
    • 2000: Second wave of big changes, namely moving on from elementary to middle school; another interesting, rollercoaster year
    • 2001: A pleasant enough year; first year I developed an interest in puppetry
    • 2002: A weird, kind of off year
    • 2003: A terrific, wonderful year, really enjoyed it
    • 2004: Worst year of my life
    • 2005: Definitely an improvement, another great, uplifting year
    • 2006: Second worst year of my life
    • 2007: Light at the end of the tunnel year
    • 2008: Best year of my life, wish I could live it again
    • 2009: Decent followup to the previous year
    • 2010: Mindscrew year
    • 2011: Improved year
    • 2012: Weird, somewhat disappointing year
    • 2013: Stellar, average, pretty good
    • 2014: Not too good, glad it's over.
     
  2. WalterLinz

    WalterLinz Well-Known Member

    Yaaayyy a New Years thread!!:) -throws confetti and blows noisemaker-

    When I was littler, I used to be such a worrywart about what the new year's gonna bring and the fact that I'm gonna miss the present year. Like how Telly felt about it in that (underrated) SS New Years Eve special (one of my favorite SS videos while growing up). XD

    But nowadays, I began to realize that the New Year is a sign that I can change for the better, and it also gets me excited to experience many things I can learn and grow from.:)
     
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  3. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    2014 brought a lot of highlights for me, but it's ending pretty miserably. I would like to hope 2015 won't continue that pattern...I don't recall a time when I've felt this hopeless. Maybe it's part of getting older. I'd like to think this will balance out somehow eventually...
     
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  4. WalterLinz

    WalterLinz Well-Known Member

    Eh...well...there were some positive things that had happened this year for me...this was the year the eighth Muppet movie was released, for heck's sake!!:fanatic::fanatic::fanatic:
     
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  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    MMW was certainly a highlight of 2014, that's for sure.

    SST's 45th anniversary having such little fanfare was a disappointment.
     
  6. CensoredAlso

    CensoredAlso Well-Known Member

    Yeah sorry I don't have much to contribute. It's been an incredibly lousy couple of weeks.
     
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  7. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    This year was certainly better than last year for me where I've had four members of my family die and another battling breast cancer and won. This year I got a chance to volunteer in an animal shelter again after being on hiatus because of college and studying for additional exams. To date, I lost 15 pounds since starting a new diet plan last year. Of course, it could've been nicer if I had a job.

    For the new year, I'm hoping for a job, either any job that will pay the bills and student loans or a job involving animals, which I want more than anything else in the world! Also, to try and not be so bitter about being unemployed, but that'll be pretty hard to do.
     
  8. mimitchi33

    mimitchi33 Well-Known Member

    Mumfie on Hulu was a highlight of my year, as well as Muppets Most Wanted.
     
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  9. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    2014... The good stuff:
    1 Muppets Most Wanted, yaaaay! ! !
    2 The Muppet Character Encyclopedia.
    3 Took a week's vacation and went to New Orleans in April.
    4 My sister and her fiancee came back to live here in PR.
    5 Sesame Street's 45th anniversary, but moreso Numeric Con was the best episode ever.

    There have been bad things happen to like how everyone here caught a bout of the newly named flu virus, but at least we got over it in a week or weekend's time... And other stuff as well... But hey, it's time to party and celebrate the coming of 2015! :crazy:
     
  10. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I suppose another highlight of 2014 for me was the fact that it was Steve D'Monster's tenth anniversary... of course, it wasn't too much of a special occasion, as there was really nothing I could have done that I would have liked to, such as a faux celebrity roast retrospective special or anything like that.

    Oh, but how could I forget? Brian Jay Jones's incredibly Jim Henson biography! That was a great gift to get last Christmas!
     
  11. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I've never been a big fan of New Years. In fact I don't have any memories of knowing about New Years until 1993, having overlooked parts of Christmas songs that mention the New Year. Actually I should have been more aware of New Year in 1992, as that year I saw the New Years Pete special, and also started to notice years (in school we had to do journals and include the dates, and remember it being odd that we suddenly switched from 1992 to 1993... and at times would jokingly call it 1994).

    But the concept of New Years registered with me in 1993, thanks to the Sesame Street Stays Up Late special. In fact that New Years Eve, I decided to act like Telly did in that special, not wanting the new year to come.

    And it seems like my family didn't have any consistent New Years traditions. For other holidays we'd visit the same relatives houses each year on certain days (though in the past decade things have changed a bit), but with New Years we could be celebrating at home, at an aunt and uncles house, or at a friends house, and if we celebrate at home, we could have certain relatives over, certain different relatives over, friends and their parents over (and no relatives), or just be at home with no guests over. And in the past several years I've usually had to work late on New Years Eve, and it's been the biggest work nightmare of the year.

    And there's also the fact that people really celebrate New Years Eve but not New Years Day. There's all that celebrating the night before, but the actual day usually feels more like a regular day than a holiday (okay, so there's a lot of holidays that feel more like regular days, but New Years should be more major than those). Maybe I'd appreciate it more if I drank or if I was a football fan.

    And as a kid, I hated New Years because the sooner New Years comes, the sooner school starts again. I know, it doesn't start again on New Years Day, or even the day after, but it's always so close. And as an adult who no longer goes to school, once New Years is over, the special magical feeling of the holiday season is over as well. Though this particular holiday season didn't feel much like the holiday season (it did on Christmas Eve and Day, but otherwise the only times the holiday season felt like the holiday season was whenever I was driving at night and saw the Christmas lights out).

    But I feel like 2014 was a very good year. It could have been better. You could even say there's 14 ways it could be better (could there be 2014 things that could have made 2014 better?). Sure, there's been less Muppet stuff since Muppets Most Wanted in comparison to the last few years after 2011, and we didn't get any collectors-market Sesame Street releases (and the only Sesame DVD this year to contain classic clips only had classic material that has been released on video). But hey, we have seen a lot of rare Sesame Street clips we hadn't known about (including material from the first 14 episodes). And Muppet Wiki now has a page for and images from the rare Muppet Madness VHS game (but as far as I could find, footage is not on YouTube). And both A Walking Tour of Sesame Street and Sesame Street Unpaved are back on YouTube, in addition to Stars and Street Forever being on YouTube. Aside from Muppet stuff, Weird Al Yankovic has gotten a lot of attention, releasing his last album (and the first to be a #1 hit) and finally getting The Compleat Al on DVD, not to mention UHF on Blu-ray. And both The Wonder Years and Batman have finally made it to DVD (now if only Muppet Babies could get a release...).

    And for the last several years I haven't been too interested in modern music (generally preferring '80s music and earlier), but 2014 has brought us a lot of great songs that I really like, and not just from Weird Al's last album. There's great songs like "Shake It Off", "Fancy", and "All About That Bass". And I've discovered Charli XCX, whose appearance, singing voice, and songs are great.
     
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  12. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Some serious health challenges:
    -open heart surgery
    -losing sight in my right eye
    -having to miss four months of work
    -putting one of our cats to sleep

    But some incredible highlights:
    -meeting Caroll Spinney
    -seeing my best friend for the first time in four years, and meeting up with her again next June
    -new church, new music ministry in full swing

    That's part of life, taking the good with the bad. If the highlights for 2015 are as good as '14, I can sweat the bad stuff.
     
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  13. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    Another highlight of this year I forgot to mention is my cousin and her husband finally having a baby girl after trying for so long!
     
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  14. WalterLinz

    WalterLinz Well-Known Member

    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

    Here's to a muppety (I hope) new year!!!:):fanatic:

    And cheers to new upcoming Muppet interstitials, a new Cookie Monster special, and SS's 46th season!!!:fanatic:
     
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  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Actually, I think I may have a for-realsies resolution for this year... I think I'm going to try to stay in the present.

    By that, I mean, for years, I've always put too much emphasis on what I'll be doing in the future, whether it's months, or even years down the road, then whatever I try to work out for those future plans seem to almost always come crashing down as a result... really brings to mind the old saying, "If you want to give God a good laugh, tell Him what your plans are."

    So, I think this year, rather than worry about what the future holds, what I'll possibly be doing, or anything like that, I'll just stay in the now, and live life one day at a time.
     
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  16. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Oh man I have to always be thinking ahead and planning something exciting, for me to do in the coming months. If I did not do that then when I'm doing my day to day working, and blah I would go nuts.

    Anyways, I'm looking forward to the new year! I'm planning on going to Walt-Disney World for the first time ever, I'm planning on getting a new place to live latter this year, and maybe a new or better job.

    Here is to a new year full of up's and downs, good and bad, and everything in between.
     
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm going to be the guy that puts the not that positive spin on this, but I refuse to believe in the "New Year, new promises" crap. If you put goals on anything and you fail, it becomes a huge blight on the year. There were a few times when I actually thought that something was a sign (very stupid things, mind you) and then wound up having a crappy year because I was expecting things to work out that didn't.
     
  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    You know, everybody said that 2015 was going to be "the year of positive changes," but that totally has not been the case at all. 2015 was off to a decent start, I'll admit, but it seems like about halfway through it came crashing down and has done so ever since. I threw my back out twice this year, the first time resulted in my getting sciatica that I now have to be even more careful about so as not to trigger it again (and I already have tons of back problems anyway because of a birth defect); I lost my dream girl twice this year to two other guys, and I really, really thought this would be the year I could finally tell her how I've felt about her for so long - maybe I could have been a little more aggressive and assertive, even though that's not the kind of person I am and it's not in my nature; our old landlord had to sell the property and basically retire because of health issues - at least the new owners are nice enough and actually want us to stay (which is unlike most landlords), but it was a really iffy period for a while there; my hometown decided to permanently cancel a local holiday we've had for almost thirty years because it apparently doesn't generate enough revenue for the city compared to the millions that go into organizing the event every year; summer was held over for a week, so we lost a the first week of September (my favorite month) to unseasonably hot weather; the blowtorch weather pattern that caused us to lose nearly two-thirds of December to unseasonably spring-like weather, resulting in the worst Christmas ever. Not to mention all of the bad stuff that's been happening all around the world, such as Donald Dump running for president; all of these mass shootings across the country that a certain political party won't even let our president do anything about because they keep whining, "u can't take r gunz away! dat infringes on r constatooshunal rits 2 bear armz! obummer da wurst prez eva!" and of course ISIS is trying to kill everybody and they've already nearly wiped out France.

    So yeah, 2015 was not a year of positive changes like was predicted. I don't know what 2016 holds in store, but I hope it's an improvement over what 2015 was like . . . so to 2015, I say good riddance.
     
  19. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Is it the new year where you guys are yet? It's still 11:17 where I live.
     
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Yep. 22 minutes in.

    You know what I miss about New Years? Back when TV Land used to be good, they'd do this thing where on New Year's Eve they would show the final episodes of all their shows, then on New Year's Day they would show the pilot episodes of their shows. I ought to just do it myself, since I have a lot of these old shows on DVD anyway.
     
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