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Old 12-27-06, 11:23 PM   #1
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New Year's Eve: Thumbs up or thumbs down?

So, how do you feel about New Year's Eve celebrations: fun festivities, or bogus holiday? Why do you feel this way?
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Thumbs down. I spent the past 17 years celebrating this night with my husband, the first 16 of which were rather, uh, private, and special and intimate events, celebrating our love of the previous year, and looking forward to the following year, and last year spent just holding hands and watching TV.

This year, I am alone. And I don't know how I'll make it. I don't feel like having company, yet, don't feel like going out. Maybe I'll have some Foo-chatter that night...?
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Vega. All of the holidays must be hard this year.
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Old 12-27-06, 11:46 PM   #4
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Anything to keep you busy and occupied, Vega.

Mine is a thumbs up this year. Planning on some good friends, music with many guitars, a dumbek, some belly shaking, and some good times!
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Old 12-27-06, 11:57 PM   #5
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Anything to keep you busy and occupied, Vega.

Mine is a thumbs up this year. Planning on some good friends, music with many guitars, a dumbek, some belly shaking, and some good times!
Sounds pretty much like our New Years minus the guitars. Oh and I doubt my belly will be doing any shaking ... except perhaps to force down the food and drinks. I'll leave the belly shaking to my lovely wife.
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Sounds pretty much like our New Years minus the guitars. Oh and I doubt my belly will be doing any shaking ... except perhaps to force down the food and drinks. I'll leave the belly shaking to my lovely wife.
Belly shaking is always lovely on the womens. But don't be afraid to get in there and move your hips a bit!
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Belly shaking is always lovely on the womens. But don't be afraid to get in there and move your hips a bit!
I'll stick to the dumbek. No one wants to see me shake my hips.
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I'll stick to the dumbek. No one wants to see me shake my hips.
Never assume what people do or do not want to see.

Are you really a dumbek player? That's so awesome.
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Belly shaking is always lovely on the womens. But don't be afraid to get in there and move your hips a bit!
I have a classic Yamaha, and a '77 12-string Höfner (model 492), and will be wailing and playing. Might even move my hips a little, as though there's anyone to appreciate it. Thanks for the inspiration.
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Thumbs down. I spent the past 17 years celebrating this night with my husband, the first 16 of which were rather, uh, private, and special and intimate events, celebrating our love of the previous year, and looking forward to the following year, and last year spent just holding hands and watching TV.

This year, I am alone. And I don't know how I'll make it. I don't feel like having company, yet, don't feel like going out. Maybe I'll have some Foo-chatter that night...?
That sounds terribly, terribly sad.

My wife and I enjoy spending New Year's Eve together, usually just us.
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I have a classic Yamaha, and a '77 12-string Höfner (model 492), and will be wailing and playing. Might even move my hips a little, as though there's anyone to appreciate it. Thanks for the inspiration.
That is so kick ass, girl. I used to have a Yamaha 12 string myself...I miss that beauty. Now I'm down to 2 acoustic guitars and my own set of pipes.

Yes, move your hips. It doesn't matter who's there to appreciate it. Appreciate it yourself.
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Never assume what people do or do not want to see.

Are you really a dumbek player? That's so awesome.
I'm a dumbek player in the making. Taken a few drumming classes and had my arm twisted a couple of times to drum on stage. Definitely still a beginner. But I do enjoy it. Great way to relieve stress.
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I'm a dumbek player in the making. Taken a few drumming classes and had my arm twisted a couple of times to drum on stage. Definitely still a beginner. But I do enjoy it. Great way to relieve stress.

Oh yes. I want to take a class really bad and see if I can't get a certain someone to join in with me. I've always loved the thought of having a SO drum to me while I dance. Love, love, love the live drummers.

What rhythms do you know so far?
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Old 12-28-06, 12:18 AM   #14
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Thumbs down. I spent the past 17 years celebrating this night with my husband, the first 16 of which were rather, uh, private, and special and intimate events, celebrating our love of the previous year, and looking forward to the following year, and last year spent just holding hands and watching TV.

This year, I am alone. And I don't know how I'll make it. I don't feel like having company, yet, don't feel like going out. Maybe I'll have some Foo-chatter that night...?
That's unfortunate. Not that this is much fun, however I have spent the occasional New Years Eve watching the count-downs on TV. OK, more often than I care to admit.
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That sounds terribly, terribly sad.

My wife and I enjoy spending New Year's Eve together, usually just us.
You go, oboeguy! We all have to deal with our own curveballs. BTW, my stepson plays viola and violin as a professional musician in OK.... He teaches, too.
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Oh yes. I want to take a class really bad and see if I can't get a certain someone to join in with me. I've always loved the thought of having a SO drum to me while I dance. Love, love, love the live drummers.

What rhythms do you know so far?
Spelling will be atrocious but here goes: Malfuf, beledi, saidi, ciftitelli, etc. Like I said the spelling is a bit nasty. Not that there is only one way to spell arab words. They seem to have multiple spelling depending on the region.

I would highly recommend dancers learn to drum. It will give you a different perspective to the rythms ... not that you dancing needs it. From what I've seen from your video you and your troupe did a great job. Looks like you're more into the tribal dancing than the traditional bellydance. Tribal is definitely gaining popularity in this region.

You've probably run into this website before, however if not it's a great place to learn rythms:

http://www.khafif.com/rhy/rhythm.html
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You go, oboeguy! We all have to deal with our own curveballs. BTW, my stepson plays viola and violin as a professional musician in OK.... He teaches, too.
Indeed, we've had quite a few curveballs in the 4+ years we've been married. You seem pretty good at keeping your proverbial chin up, so YOU go.

Viola, eh? Gosh, don't get me started on viola jokes...
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Indeed, we've had quite a few curveballs in the 4+ years we've been married. You seem pretty good at keeping your proverbial chin up, so YOU go.

Viola, eh? Gosh, don't get me started on viola jokes...
I'm . And I'm forwarding this link to my stepson. I'm sure he's seen 'em all, but it's still all so meaningful at this point, to reach out with humor.

Thanks, oboeguy. <cough,cough>
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Thumbs down-ish. We can't find a sitter so it looks like we're staying in this year. We'll make the best of it and maybe have a few people over. I'm kinda sick of the usual suspects though, maybe I'll invite some work people over or something.
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New Year's Eve is for amateurs......us real alcoholics don't need a special occasion to get drunk.
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New Year's Eve is for amateurs......us real alcoholics don't need a special occasion to get drunk.
... and to us recovered alkys, it's just another night. I'll probably be in the sack by 10.
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Eh......... to me it's just a legal drinking holiday. Everyone is getting drunk and getting silly. The new year is supposed to be a fresh start and new beginnings. Who wants to start it with a hangover?

Hey Vega! Tell you what! If I dont' have to work the next day at 5am, give me a call and you and I can spend New Years together!
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hey don't forget, Run BMV is making an appearance hahaha
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Well this year I'm suppose to be going to Vegas, right now I'm on eternal hold with Frontier Airlines (huge snowstorm coming to Colorado). The wait on the phone is up to an hour. Bf and I are to leave on Saturday and I just learned this morning that we could get a flight today possibly!!

Normally I like to do something on New Years this year is special cause its for my girlfriend's 30th birthday!!!
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