Happy New Year to you and yours. We have some movies for the occasion, and we will ring out the old more formally later today.
~Meanwhile, and Mainewhile, Maine reader Charles Lagerborn wins the prize for the last Steyn sighting of 2015:
I was out tonight with my family at Delvinos, a local Italian joint here in Belfast, Maine, and I saw someone I thought looked a lot like you. Did not want to be an ass and interrupt your meal, but I wonder if it was you? I would have liked to shake your hand.
Any way, keep up the good fight!
I cannot tell a lie. That was me face down in the gnocchi. Some sad personal business brought me to the Maine coast, but the restaurant was most agreeable. Next time don't be a stranger. (Heads up: I'll be brunching in Quebec this Sunday.)
~If you're already contemplating the midnight cork popping, here's the only New Year song since "Auld Lang Syne" to become a seasonal staple - even though its author, Frank Loesser, vehemently insisted it wasn't a New Year song at all. In this encore presentation of a special audio edition of Steyn's Song of the Week from Loesser's centenary celebrations, I explain the songwriter's thinking - and take a crack at the song myself. To listen to the podcast, simply click the button above.
And don't forget my version of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?", complete with a few "Auld Lang Syne" evocations from Kevin Amos and the band, can also be found on my CD with Jessica Martin, Making Spirits Bright, available from the SteynOnline store, Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby and other fine retail outlets.
~Check back later for some final-footing at 2015.