Happy New Year at TheZoo! Welcome to the Pickled People Party!

What can I say?   I’ve been dying to use this picture, but damn, it’s hard to find an appropriate forum for pickled heads in jars.  😐

Happy New Year!!

112 thoughts on “Happy New Year at TheZoo! Welcome to the Pickled People Party!

  1. On behalf of Jane and myself, Happy New Year to everyone at the Zoo, the Critters and the Visitors alike. May the coming new year bring Peace on Earth, and at least some more good will toward men.

    We’re all in this together.

  2. No, Zooey, you are not delusional.

    This is Coffins who will now be known as Cats (see daily thread).

    That certainly is a funny picture. There’s a few politicians in the Executive office who’s heads would look great in those jars, after their trials at the Hague, of course.

  3. I’d hate to think it would take our side of the ideological struggle (the let’s-work-out-our-differences-because-we’re-all-in-this-together crowd) to have to persuade their side (the I’m-getting-my-share-first-and-the-rest-of-you-can-do-what-you-want-with-yourselves crowd) by pickling the heads of their leaders to make them believe us.

  4. dbadass – you bet I’ll be eating pork and saurkraut and mashed potatoes tomorrow. As a matter of fact, I’ll be attending a big dinner party and our friend Breezy will be there, too.

    Happy New Year from me and the Kutztown Democratic Club!

  5. Pork and sauerkraut on mashed potatoes with a decent beer or glass of Resiling. I think it is supposed to bring good luck in the new year. It’s either a German or PA German thing, I don’t really remember but it is a must! Since I can’t get to or watch the Mummers it is the least I can do.

  6. Hey Cats r Flyfishn!
    Enjoy! I am a huge foodie and this is one of my favorite comfort foods. I spoke to my father and he was happy to hear of Breezy’s well being!

  7. Pork and sauerkraut is a “German” tradition. It has to do with bringing good luck in the New Year. I thought it was just PA “Dutch” (German) tradition but I found out that there is a large German population in Kansas and that they, too, celebrate with a meal of pork and sauerkraut on New Years Day.

  8. Actually it sounds good. I may have to run out to the store tomorrow. We live next to a little town that does a gigantic German Oktoberfest every year and there is always that kind of stuff sold nearby.

  9. Zooey and all the other Critters and visitors – I’ll be wishing us all a good year while enjoying the pork, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Must have those potatoes – best part of the meal 🙂

  10. The nice thing about it is that it is super easy to prepare and can be done well in advance. It is extremely difficult to screw up even for the kitchen inept. Now as to the Mummers well that’s entirely different

  11. Happy You Near everybody! We went to the waterfront and rode carousels, what a blast.
    Now home, gonna make dinner, watch a movie and cuddle up for the countdown!!

  12. Is there anything green in that meal? Is sauerkraut green? Maybe green beer?

    Funny, both of my parents grew up in Cleveland, and my mom is at least 1/2 Dutch, but I’ve never heard of the pork & sauerkraut thing on New Year’s Day.

  13. How does grilled ham (leftovers, of course) and cheese (colby/jack with sharp cheddar blended) on sourdough, with a big pickle and some chips sound?
    Come on over, one and all!

  14. Just what I need, an excuse to drink good Riesling! Maybe so the Jos. Christoffel jr 1996 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese. Or maybe the St Urbans-hof 2006 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spätlese. Given the price difference, I’ll have to arm wrestle myself to see which to drink. One of us will definitely win.

    No kraut, though. I’ve got last night’s sausage and chicken gumbo aging nicely in the fridge.

    Tonight it’s sparkling time. I have a Crémant de Bourgogne, which is new to me. Interesting stuff, very earthy. Eventually, I’ll stagger into the kitchen and cook up this rib eye and some nice red potatoes and some baby carrots (raw, ’cause I’m too lazy to do anything else with them).

  15. Another New Year tradition is to have a big pot of black-eyed peas on the day. I’m not sure where that one comes from, but a good guess is the South. I like me some legumes, but black-eyed peas aren’t at the top of the list.

  16. That’s the one I remember, gummitch. Black-eyed peas. Don’t know why, cuz they’re gross.

    If I was going to have an army here, I’d make up a big pot of red beans and rice. Yum!

  17. The Mummers parade is the best thing about Philadelphia other than Pat’s Steaks, South Street, and a decent Hoagie. The stringbands are the most important part although the comics and fancies are important too. I forget the entire history of this nonsense but it is a great time and real Americana. There are some serious gender and race issues as until recently women and minorities could not participate but atleast they have fixed that.

  18. Beats me but I sort of remember there being some link to England in all of this. The bigger clubs spend all year and tons of money on their outfits and choreography. I mostly used to just go and get drunk, eat street food, and enjoy “brotherly love”

  19. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mummers_Parade

    My only trip to Phillie as an adult, we ate cheese steaks at Chink’s, which had won some sort of “best of” award that year. I gather there are partisans on the issue, but what we had was really good. What impressed me the most was the guy who came in with a big paper bag filled with freshly-baked loaves for the sandwiches. I gather he came in several times a day and that the loaves are unique to a small group of Italian bakeries in town.

    I know it’s going to sting, but I think the Chicago Italian beef sandwich (dragged through the garden) is better.

  20. Weird but I have never been to Chicago or Pittsburgh for that matter and I hear of great local grub. For the most part the Philly cheesesteak battle tends to center on Pat’s and Gino’s but that’s old school and who knows what todays hot places are. The Italian hoagie rolls are not the same anywhere else as far as my experiences and travels. Some of the stereotype Rocky South Philly Italian stuff is sort of true but whatever

  21. I’ve heard people say things about Dutch grannies, but I have no idea what they mean.

    It’s a famous line from Blazing Saddles, when Sherrif Bart (Cleavon Little) is spoofin the townsfolk about him being part white…

  22. There’s a place in Panorama City, in the San Fernando valley called Chi-Chis and they make the most fantastic Italian Roast Beef Dip (comparable to a Philly steak) sandwich this side of the Mississippi… I am almost ready to fly to LA just to have one!!!

  23. I mostly used to just go and get drunk, eat street food, and enjoy “brotherly love”

    Geebus dbadass, don’t let Daryll know about this, you’ll never get rid of him. : >

  24. It’s a little more than 4 hour’s till blast off and it sound’s like world war 3 out here in the country already…Pretty much the same every year these day’s….2008 is bound to be a far better year than the past 7..Atleast I think it will be.

    Great name change Cat’s..

    It has been a tradition of Devil’s food cake on New Year’s, so today I baked one….Had all veggie’s today cause tomorrow is rib steak and all the goodies to go with..The Bear and I will be bird watching and taking long walk’s and then share a huge steak..

    A Happy New Year to all…..Blessings and Peace.

  25. HAPPY NEW YEAR wishes go out to all!

    very glad to be leaving 07 behind… will not miss it…
    just wish i could have high hopes for 08…

    about those beef sandwiches – the only similarities between the philly and the italian are the beef and the bread… very different tastes… love them both… would pick the philly if i had to chose – i just love sauteed onions and peppers…

  26. i landed in nashville on new years eve ’78, looking for a place to live… checking the rentals in the paper led me to a home of local celebrities – i remember that the woman was a singer with the carter family… it was a strange meeting…
    but these people would not let me leave until i had shared some blackeyed peas with them… a new one for me, an illinois yankee…
    but, i must say, they were delicious… the ham bone in that pot had a lot to do with the flavor…

    i spent that night in a sleaze bag motel – i swear i did not know what kind of place it was… i just knew it had a room and was reasonable… i wondered about all the traffic in and out… until i read the plackard on the door, stating the “hourly rate”… oh. my. gawd.
    but i was too scared and lonely and exhausted to leave…
    boy, was i naive…

  27. Katy!

    Heh. I blame the Italians. You have street food (which I adore). A perfectly (depending on the city) baked loaf, sliced and filled with beef that has either been marinated or fried. And then stuffed with cheese and onions . . . or peppers and onions . . .

    I love it, though. “The only similarities are the beef and the bread.” Urf. I only wish Portland had the advantages Chicago and Philadelphia have had, historically, about food.

    Michael’s does a credible job on the Chicago style and there is a brewpub (called Philadelphia’s) that does a credible cheese steak. Things could be worse.

  28. Katy, that’s so funny…The resort where I live use to have cabin’s to rent by the hour, day, week. Back between the 30’s and 60’s and they use to smuggle booze from a place called whiskey ridge just a couple of mile’s away….

    I plan to watch the Rose Parade tomorrow, realy dating myself here, haven’t missed watching it in person or on TV in 62 year’s…My great uncle took me to the first one when I was 4….

    The number 8 in 2008 has a good omen attached like finishing or good fortune, heard that some where….At the very least we will be done with most of the bad guy’s……Blessings and good night all……

  29. well, there’s more to that story, but i didn’t want to bore yous… but it was a lady at the front desk, and when i called about getting some fresh DRY towels (aaackk!!! eeewww!!! i know!!!), and she brought them, i explained my situation and she said “well, i wondered” and was very nice and sweet and promised to keep an eye out for me…

    hey, gummitch – just found below – thought you should know: BUCK OWENS wrote “together again”… one song that can get me to tears easily, IF it’s emmylou singing…

  30. none… and the shower was still dripping…
    all the signs came together at once and were confirmed when i read that notice on the door…

    ugh… not the best memories…
    i didn’t last too long in nashville… 6 mos…
    i was drawn to the smokies, but the southern life was NOT for me…

    it was amazing the day an ice storm hit… dummies didn’t know enough to slow down… i mean, really!

  31. You didn’t ask for clean sheets? Ewwww!!

    The first ice storm I ever experienced was in Louisiana. I lived way out in the country on a wide curve in the road. LA has these huge, wide, deep ditches on either side of the road, and after the ice storm I stood at my front window and watched the cars stack up in the ditch as they slid off, one after the other.

    It never occurred to any of them to frickin’ slow down. It was hilarious!

  32. yes, clean sheets too! oy!

    i had an icy ditch experience once… here at home…
    our country roads are tarred/rocked and over the years the road becomes rounded, high in the middle… i was creeping along, doin’ fine in the middle of the road, but when a car was approaching i had to move over… it was like a slow motion movie… ever so slowly, sliding off the road into the ditch… very annoying…

    but those nashville cats just didn’t have any sense of the circumstances… and not a salt or sand truck for 100 miles!

  33. Gee Zooey you’re probably creeping her out all over again.

    Katy it’s a good thing we were young when those things happened to us. Now we’d really freak.

    I’m at my family’s but wanted to say Happy New Year before I get home to all of you.

    Hope you’re still up in a couple of hours.

    Best wishes to the Zoo family.

  34. shane – i’m embarrassed to admit that i wasn’t too young… well, relatively… i was 25/26 at the time…
    but had been fairly sheltered, i guess…

  35. Katy, it’s from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:

    A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have. Partly it has great practical value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very, very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

    More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

    I’m sure that clears it up for you, hoopy frood. 🙂

  36. Bright New Year’s blessing to EVERYONE here!!! 🙂
    Am in the Houston metro area…so I will be having me some black-eyed peas tomorrow (for luck and abundance!). If I had someone with me, I would be doing the Spanish trad of popping a grape in me for every strike of midnight (other person in case either of us need Heimlich!)…hard for me to think that it’s been 9 years since winging it to Madrid tonight (via London)…wonderful trip. I would go back to Madrid in a heartbeat!!! (Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE England, too – heritage baybeee!)
    Doing NYE a seulement this year, best gal friend is in NYC, and my best guy friend is in Jamaica…and I didn’t feel like attending parties. Big changes this past year, just wanted to celebrate however. I have the contents of a bottle of Piper Heidseck Brut inside me…well, one glass to go! 🙂 I soooo love the bubbly stuff!!!
    Peace and blessings on a wonderfully improved 2008!!!
    Elspeth

  37. Hey Sharon! Happy New Year!
    And, yes, 8 is my luckiest number, with a birthday of 12/16/48, how many fours and eights can I combine!!!

  38. “turned on the snow” !!!
    i thought my puter was sufferin’!
    thought it was supposed to be snow, but it went away after a refresh, and came back again… whew!

    thanks for that explanation about the towel…

    many years ago, i gave my son a VHS tape of that series… i never knew what it was about, exactly, but thought he would enjoy it… not sure he ever got into it… not sure of the version either – i think there are several?

  39. You’re cracking me up, Wayne. 😀

    My son has all of the books bound into one volume, with the gold edges and everything. He treats it like a bible.

  40. That band I just went to see sort of sucked. One of my kid’s friends mom wanted to dance a drunken dance. Weird how small towns are

  41. it’s an abriviated version, funny at the end…
    i like that it’s fast too… good visuals…
    you and others can judge whether it’s a post…

  42. katy, there are a lot of references to that song coming from Ray Charles, but it makes a lot more sense to me as a Buck Owens song. As far as I can tell, Ray recorded it in 1966 but the original appeared in 1964.

    What is truly weird about this is the notion of a black artist covering (and getting all the credit) for a song written by a white artist. It’s topsy-turvy from how so much American music was produced.

  43. Just poking my head in after a rousing game of Yahtzee with the boys.. Off to bed. (I know, I’m a party pooper).
    Happy New Year to all and see you in the morning. 🙂

  44. One bottle of Martinelli’s sparkling cider in freezer, watch my dumb ass forget it, and find apple cider splatter all over the freakin freezer in the morning!

  45. gummitch – i remember when ray charles did a cover album of country songs…
    at least i think i do…

    that man could sing ANYthing, perfectly…

    but i’d never heard him associated with “together again”… i just remember the first time i heard the song emmylou was singing it and the song credit lists buck owens (elite hotel)… aaahhhhh…

  46. Thanks, katy, thanks a lot. Let me go see if old man time needs a replacement.
    Actually time to see if miss Amber is ready for bedtime!!

  47. RUC, muse was driving on black ice, not me. Yikes! She probably has to go to bed with a heating pad on her sore knuckles, after a drive like that.

  48. That’s one thing I’m grateful for around here, RUC. On the 4th of July & New Year’s the students are gone — fewer fireworks.

    My dog goes a bit nuts over fireworks.

  49. Happy New Year, Mistress Z.

    Mrs RUC and I are getting Amber to bed, going to get to snuggle up and watch a thriller movie~!

  50. Happy New Year. Just turned here. Spent the day partying with the kids. They picked the party menu and we played all day. Not too bad. 🙂 All the best to everyone here!

  51. Hey, Happy New Year…

    Remember all the things we accomplished in 2007. Remember all the challenges that we have ahead, remember all those fears and prejudices that left the best of us behind on occasions… this is the time to make it right, today, tomorrow, everyday we have the obligation to be better.

    We are not just humans, we are a cosmic project and we have to honor the fact that, in 4.5 billion years in this planet the only being able to change their surroundings for better or worse, are us. Honor that gift everyday, by being better with yourself, with your long-forgotten relative, with an angry friend. Let’s celebrate life.

    Yes, I’m happy and not drunk. 😀

  52. Hey everybody Happy New Years. We made it home perfectly safe because we were behing three snow plows taking up the entire highway. Taylor couldn’t wait to get home to get back to Guitar Hero on her Wii. I may never get her to bet and we have a lunch date tomorrow. But it is great when they get Christmas presents they love.

  53. dbadass – should have visited PA this holiday. Went to a great party, good food, really good people and great music. I would have brought you to the party as a guest. Maybe next year 🙂

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