Category Archives: holidays

Lincoln’s Birthday

If you’re old enough you remember February brought school kids 2 days off in February: Lincoln’s birthday –which wasn’t an official national holiday, but was nonetheless celebrated as such (especially in Illinois, as well as here in Missouri)– and Washington’s birthday, which was a nationally recognized holiday.

However, amid all the other evils credited to the jackanape, in 1971 Nixon signed into law the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which stuffed the two birthdays into one date, always the third Monday in February.

However, far more depressing than the loss of a day off from school is the fact that the new fangled President’s Day celebration includes Richard Nixon, George W. Bush and now OMB. 1

But today, on his birthday, let’s take another look at Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln's Birthday

Blood Rave

3.4K blood aficionados plan on attending the following…

The Netherlands will have its first ever “Blood Rave” – a dance party where dancers are sprayed with 5 thousand liters of blood – in Amsterdam on Halloween night.

The event has been posted on Facebook, but with no specifics except for the date – October 31st – so far. A total of 728 guests have indicated that they are going.

One of the organizers, who want to remain anonymous due to the nature of the event, told the AD that this is will be the first blood party in the world and the demand for it is high.

The Blood Rave is based on the opening sequence of the 1998 vampire movie Blade. The opening shows a club full of dancing people suddenly sprayed with blood. The organizers want to use the same elements to recreate this scene. “In real life it is just more extreme.” one said to the newspaper. In terms of attendees, they expect somewhat “freaky” people in terms of personality.

The organizers want to host a Halloween event that if focused less on pumpkins and kids and is “rawer and more exciting”. They are still trying to figure out whether it will be possible to use real blood, but that is what they want. “After a long search we have developed a special sprinkler system with pipes running across the ceiling and thus making us able to spray blood over the crowd. We’ve already tested it a number of times a substance resembling blood”, one of the organizers explained. “It is pushing the borders, but we want to see how far we can go.”

Blood Rave

The long long shift

I, the primitive toiler, half naked and grimed to the eyes,

Sweating it deep in their ditches, swining it stark in their styes;

Hurling down forests before me, spanning tumultuous streams;

Down in the ditch building o’er me palaces fairer than dreams;

Boring the rock to the ore-bed, driving the road through the fen,

Resolute, dumb, uncomplaining, a man in a world of men.

Master, I’ve filled my contract, wrought in Thy many lands;

Not by my sins wilt Thou judge me, but by the work of my hands.

Master, I’ve done Thy bidding, and the light is low in the west,

And the long long shift is over … Master, I’ve earned it — Rest.

Robert W. Service

The long long shift

New Year’s Eve 2013

There are a staggering number of dance opportunities this New Year’s Eve for your average affluent white person. Unfortunately these are the exact folk who should under no circumstances “dance” in public.

Nonetheless, given the amount of free flowing alcohol that will be consumed tonight, these people will at some point decide to get up and “shake it”, to make a few memories: “Whoo! Put your arms in the air and… hmmm; how’s that finish?”

Train wreck, just an absolute train wreck. 1

To forestall said city-wide calamity WNBTv is pleased to offer the following instruction dance videos. Be assured we culled through thousands of these to select only the latest and greatest dances vids, dance moves that will make YOU the hit of the party.

Enjoy.

This next one may be considered an Advanced Dance, requiring as it does basic rhythm:

Or try the Biker’s SHuffle (much easier):

Or go old school with the Time Warp:

Finally…the ultimate How To Dance guide.

And to end the public portion of the night, there’s the all important New Year’s Eve kiss:

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  1. No, not the vaunted Kansas City trolley; that’s just going to further deplete Kansas City’s finances.