Happy 2018!

Happy New Year, east coasters! And soon to our left coast friends!

The view from my lap is remarkably similar to 2017:

58 replies
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    Meyerman says:

    Happy New Year, John Cole! May this year bring you ever greater serenity!

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    Elizabelle says:

    Lily? Thurston? Rosie? Yuki?

    May your view always include a dog in lap. It’s a good thing, any year. Happy 2018.

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    OMG, I’m almost in the exact spot in Star Wars! Happy new year!

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    Aleta says:

    Happy New Year John and everyone. Brrrrrrrrrrr, and thanks for all the fish.

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    Redshift says:

    Happy New Year John and fellow jackals!

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    BretH says:

    Enjoyed once again Mr. Plinketts reviews of the Star Wars prequels. Happier New Year’s to all.

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    scott alloway says:

    Happy New Year, John. Thank you for all you have done here. You are a true hero.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    The view from my lap is remarkably similar to 2017.

    Well, you’ve got better wall colors and (marginally) better lighting. So there’s that.

    Happy New Year! And thanks for providing the venue.

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    A. J. says:

    I mostly lurk, and when I try to comment it goes into the black hole of moderation, but you guys are my first stop in the morning and my last read at night.

    Thank you for helping me stay (somewhat) sane and informed.

    Let’s take the House AND the Senate in 2018.

    Fvck em.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Cole, I always wonder. Do you still start every day with Lily, saying “who’s the best doggie?”

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    John Revolta says:

    Fuck off, 2017.

    Let us never speak of it again.


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    NotMax says:

    January 1, 100 years ago.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Four days until the new baby?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @TaMara (HFG): My niece who hosted Christmas got two 8-week old lab mixes on Christmas Eve. Puppy love for Christmas. So adorable and crazy and sweet. I got the leaping nose bite once, but it was so worth it.

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    Ksmiami says:

    Happy new year bj ers- death to the gop in 2018

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    John Cole says:

    @WaterGirl: Every. Single. Day.

    And multiple times during. Like every time I see her.

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    rikyrah says:

    Happy New Year,Cole!

    And to the entire motley crew at BJ🎆🎇🎉

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    NotMax says:

    @John Cole

    Ever get the fireplace checked out and up to snuff?

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    NotoriousJRT says:

    Happy new year, John Cole and the entire Balloon Juice community! Keep the faith in 2018.

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    NotMax says:


    Out of the blue Happy New Year phone call from step-brother in NY, with whom I normally speak twice a year, on each of our respective birthdays.

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    mai naem mobile says:

    Happy New Year 2018! 2017 can go DIAF. Idiots outside doing fireworks. I want to be one of the idiots but it’s too fucking cold.

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    scav says:

    Happy New Year and Calendar Rollover Day. May they be filled with good things, appointments and achievements for us all. A few wild parties and days where we resolutely guard private space and sanity wouldn’t go amiss either.

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    NotMax says:

    January 1.

    The day all thoroughbred horses in the northern hemisphere officially become one year older.

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    ChrisGrrr says:

    Year – new.


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    Mnemosyne says:

    We watched the first 3 Thin Man movies before we moved on to a “Simpsons” marathon on FXX. G is already asleep, but I’ll wake him up for midnight.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Prosit Neujahr, alle! Feliz año nuevo, ¡todo! Beatus festis annoque proxime omnes!
    I hope that it’s because of distance, rather than any bad blood, that you two only speak twice a year, and that it was a welcome phone conversation. Perhaps more frequent conversations might be a thing to hope for in the new year?

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    hedgehog mobile says:

    Just after midnight in the Mountain time zone. New Year toasted and kisses given. Good night and Happy New Year!

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    NotMax says:

    @Amir Khalid

    No bad blood at all. We’re not and never have been what one would call a close family and function best with occasional interaction. First time I met or spoke with his younger daughter was after she had graduated from college.

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    Cckids says:

    Happy New Year to all! May 2018 improve for us all.

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    Mary G says:

    Looks like I may be awake for the new year this time in about eight minutes here. I did sleep earlier, though. I am so grateful for this place and the people here.

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    Bruuuuce says:

    Now that we’re there (okay, for almost three hours :-)), happy new year, all of yez!

    Finally caught up on Star Trek: Discovery before the second half of the season begins. Not terrible, the way Enterprise was, but nowhere near Deep Space Nine. Now to binge the other current Star Trek series (The Orville) and compare.

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    Yutsano says:

    As I just tweeted:
    Dear 2017:
    Happy New Year y’all!!!

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    something fabulous says:

    Happy New Year, everyone! thanks for being and remaining my favorite blog for pets food and politics (in varying orders). Resolved: lurk less in 2018! Best wished to you Fabulous Jackals for the new year! (re-lurk).

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @something fabulous:

    Happy New Year! 🎊

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    CaseyL says:

    Happy new year, everyone! May 2018 be better than 2017 in every way!

    I’m greeting the New Year with one kitty on my lap and the other kitty playing Crazy Cat chariot races all through the house.

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    gbbalto says:

    Happy new year and may it be better than 2017!

    As a usual lurker, I thank you all for the wisdom, inspiration, and snark.

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    IvankaThrowUp (AKA RedDirtGirl) says:

    Here’s to stirring up a whole lotta trouble for some folks this year!

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    CarolDuhart2 says:

    Happy New Year’s everybody! No fireworks or gunfire tonight for a change. Maybe the Wind Chill Advisory for everywhere around me kept everyone in for a change. Four in the morning here, sleep has been like-2 hours on and 2 hours off. Wake up for first breakfast, still hungry even with nibbling all day (and a bit of the night anyway)

    Down to snuffy nose and a trace of itchy throat. Maybe staying in all day has really helped me considerably.

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    IvankaThrowUp (AKA RedDirtGirl) says:

    @Mnemosyne: Got to love some Nick and Nora!

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    IvankaThrowUp (AKA RedDirtGirl) says:

    @something fabulous: De-lurking is fun! I highly recommend it!

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    I’m a gonna stay up all night and try to get some pics of the flyover, the New Year celebration here at the cave was a rousing success. Madame and the kid got well toasted and ate most of the two shrimp platters I picked up @ Costco.

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    IvankaThrowUp (AKA RedDirtGirl) says:

    The Brooklyn fireworks were wonderful this year. I am wound up. Can’t sleep!

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    @Bruuuuce: I too have been playing catch-up, though I’ve started with The Orville first. It’s honestly better than I expected. I’m kind of surprised at how idealistic it is, in contrast with nearly every other sci-fi show these days. (And particularly because idealism is not what you generally expect from Seth MacFarlane.) Not every episode has worked (episode 9, which I watched on Sunday, is kind of a mess, largely because the writers didn’t really deal adequately with the implications of the episode), but on the whole, it’s really good. It’s nice to see a show that honestly believes we can do better and is pointing a way forward for us to do it.

    Happy 2018, BJ. There were a few good things about 2017 for me, but overall, I’m happy to see the end of it.

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    SFBayAreaGal says:

    Happy New Year to my favorite jackals. Let’s bury the GOP in 2018.

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    Debbie(aussie) says:

    Happy new year Jackals all. I wish you all success in your fight for a return to sanity in politics and civic life. I join you for similar if not quite so desperate need for change. Sad to say, but our planet and very survival depends on us. You are a truly wonderful community of caring compassionate people. Resist!

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    Sloane Ranger says:

    Happy New Year everyone! I watched Remington Steele reruns until midnight, then stood in my garden with a glass of whiskey watching the fireworks round about until things had calmed down enough to get to sleep.

    Hoping for a better 2018 than 2017 but I broke my favourite mug when I washed up last night so auguries not good.

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    fuckwit says:

    @mai naem mobile: Well. I don’t tell anyone or anything to DIAF anymore, since some friends-of-friends actually did DIAF at the end of 2016. Which was a sucky year in many ways, especially that one. 2017 was pretty shitty in terms of politics, civil rights, and climate, though it was a great year economically and in terms of large numbers of people getting woke AF and getting involved and engaged and organized. The country might have hit bottom; if so, it’s only up from here.

    I start 2018 deeply pessimistic about the past and present, but firmly optimistic about the future. It can get better and probably will.

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    fuckwit says:

    @Debbie(aussie): I think the planet will get along just fine without us. It’s suffered much worse and it’s still here. We, however, had better save our own asses. A +4 degree C (and beyond) earth will certainly support life perfectly well– just not ours.

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    Debbie(aussie) says:

    @fuckwit: too true

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    No One You Know says:

    New Year’s Day–
    Everything is in bloom!
    I feel about average.

    My favorite of all NY poems. More goodies here

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    Elizabelle says:

    @IvankaThrowUp (AKA RedDirtGirl): I love your new ‘nym. Cheers.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    @No One You Know:

    Bad link! I fix: Ox Herding haiku.

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    glaukopis says:

    Currently -1 outside and expected max of 7 degrees, but pooches did their business, got food & are now lounging beside me. Good day for hot cocoa and a good book.

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    donnah says:

    Happy New Year, all!

    My visitng family members have all gone home now and I will be taking down the Christmas tree and putting the decorations away. Then there’s the cleaning of the guest room and kitchen.

    Gee, the start of 2018 isn’t much fun.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @John Cole: I’m glad to hear that! That’s so awesome.

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    Yarrow says:

    Happy New Year, Cole! Thanks for hosting this great place.

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