Another Auld Lang Syne: 2014

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on December 27, 2014

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Christmas Eve has past, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day too, so it is time to Say Goodbye to Christmas and start getting ready for Holiday #2 of the Winter Solstice Season, New Year’s Day!

I took down my favorite Christmas Song from Angel up all last week here on the Diner Blog Homepage, and now replaced it with my favorite version of the classic “Auld Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg, which Guy Lombardo and his Orchesta made famous playing it every New Year’s Eve when the Ball Dropped in Times Square from the Radio Era through the early years of TV, when eventually after Guy got too OLD, the ageless for decades Dick Clark took up the banner.

And now, every last New Year’s Eve in Times Square from 1976 to 2012 from Dick…

Sadly of course, though Dick was the Picture of Dorian Gray for so many years, even he finally succumbed to age and Bought the Farm in 2012. Regis Philbin dropped in for a couple of years in the early 2000s. Then Dick CAME BACK. I don’t know who has picked up the Banner for the New Year’s Celebration in the last 2 years.

Anyhow, New Year’s is always an occassion for Nostalgia, and a time to Recap the events of the year past. My partner Surly will do the recap here in a few days, I see he has got started on this enormous task in the Drafts here on the Diner Blog. My recap can be found by clicking through the archives of the God Only Knows how many Articles and Rants I did this year.

This post is just about the Nostalgia, and for me, 2014 is all summed up in one photograph, this one.


Left to Right in the Photo, RE the Doomer, Eddie the Dentista, Doomer Support the Tech Wizard, Lucid Dreams the Permaculture King, and Bertie the Lurker

The Photo was taken at our first Meeting IRL after a couple of years of Jawboning Doom on the net. Others were there too, WHD from Off the Grid in Minneapolis made the show for a few days, Gypsy Mama, LDs wife and kids, and Eddie’s family had to put up with all of us for a bit over a week in all of Eternity. We all survived it, somehow. LOL.

The occassion was our first Convocation, a meeting to bring the ideas of the SUN Project to life, to begin the task of Building a Better Tomorrow. Up days and Down days with this, but we soldier on.

In HONOR of this meeting of minds, and wallowing in this year of 2014 Nostalgia, I wrote a Weird Al set of Lyrics for Diners to sing to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne” this year on New Year’s Eve

Another Auld Lang Syne (Diner Version)

Sing to the tune of Another Auld Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg

Met my old friends on the internet
The snow was falling Christmas Eve
We talked about Collapse again
Getting so bad you can’t believe

Yen or Ruble, which will go down first
as the Bond spreads crater wide
Read the news and you just want to curse
Inflation or Deflation you can’t decide

Stood at Walmart in the Checkout stand
The preps were totalled up to buy
Pulled my wallet out and paid for them
Before the FRNs are fried

Got home and cracked a beer or two
Then turned on the mic to record a rant
Filling in Diners on what Doom is new
So we can hash it out until we cant

We drink a toast to innocence
We drink a toast to Doom
We try to reach beyond the emptiness
To find our way through soon

I found a good friend in a dentist
with a doomstead down in Texas
we wondered how long the drought would persist
or if money, energy and climate had reached a Nexus

My partner Surly tied the knot again
a triumph of love against experience
Finding joy in a world of pain
Living life in the present tense

They see me on the net all the time
So the Rants must be doing well
I say the fans out there are heavenly
But the assholes still are Hell.

We drink a toast to innocence
We drink a toast to Doom
We try to reach beyond the emptiness
To find our way through soon

We drink a toast to innocence
We drink a toast to time
Reliving, in our eloquence
Another “Auld Lang Syne”

Collapse is here and it’s coming to an end
But still there is a lot to say
Trying to find that one way out
Before we’re blown away

Just for a moment I was back at school
And felt that old familiar pain
And, as I turned to make my way back home
The snow turned into rain

As we close out 2014 here, I just want to say THANK YOU to my friends here on the Diner for all the help you have given me in the past few years as we chronicle the collapse and try to figure out just WTF to DO about it.

It is always Darkest Before the Dawn. Days come and go where I get overwhelmed by the Doom, but you know, bad as it is, THE FAT LADY HAS NOT SUNG YET.

It ain’t OVAH till it is OVAH!

Never Quit! Never Say DIE! Not until you are well and truly DEAD!


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