Cyndi McCoy: Midnight kiss is a great way to start New Year
A kiss is not just a kiss especially on New Years Eve. Call me sentimental. Call me a hopeless romantic, but one of the biggest things I look forward to at the end of the year is that pinnacle pucker at midnight, Jan. 1.Its long been known as an expression of respect, a greeting, a farewell, a wish of luck, and a sizzling symbol of affection in most Western cultures. As the clock ticks those last sensual seconds, as the sparkly ball drops in New York City (or on your TV), the touch of lips has been thought to be a precursor to whom a person will spend the year with. It can also be just a sentimental shared moment of celebration without the amorous nature perhaps insurance that those ties, whether they be romantic or friendly and innocent, continue throughout the New Year.Some may think the act sprouts from a fairy tale from when we were kids and something that has been over-rated. But according to recent surveys, more than 30 percent of the some 80-odd thousand people asked felt lip locking on New Years Eve was more important than New Years resolutions like living healthier, or any gift they got during the holidays.A wise man once said, if ever in doubt whether to give a pretty girl or handsome guy a kiss, give them the benefit of the doubt. And with that wonderful, promising thought I wish you all exciting embraces, a happy holiday … and to all a great night.Give me a kisse, and to that kisse a score;Then to that twenty, adde a hundred more;A thousand to that hundred; so kisse on,To make that thousand up a million;Treble that million, and when that is done,Let’s kisse afresh, as when we first begun. – Robert Herrick, “To Anthea (III).”While youre out and about, wish Andy Straus and Maria Chavez belated birthdays. Also, dont forget to check out Stereomaids debut CD release party at the Pub tonight. As a Christmas present to everyone, band mainstay Eric Olson and guest musicians Mickey Sandora (electric guitar), Tom Camillo (bass) and Terry Tompkins (drums) are putting together a free show to unveil it. Fellow musician John Statz is set to open.For New Years Eve check out ultimate showman Jimmy Hall up for a New Years Eve celebration with the Grand County Blues Society. A four-course dinner is optional for just $60 total (show tickets only are $25), in the Silverado II ballroom. Joining him on stage will be Ronnie Frug, Julie Hardy, and local musicians Jeff Peterson and Patrick Brower.Other New Years Eve events include The Empty Suits playing the R&R bar in SilverCreek, Gary Keys at Denos, and Hunker Down is playing at Untamed. Whatever you do, enjoy those last few moments of what has ended as a challenging year, and party responsibly (call Valley Taxi if you need it).Food for thought: A kiss that speaks volumes is seldom a first edition. -Clare Whiting. “May I print a kiss on your lips?” I said. And she nodded her full permission: So we went to press and I rather guess, We printed a full edition.- Joseph Lilientha.
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Grand County residents managed to avoid gatherings, wear masks, stay apart and reduce the COVID numbers over the holidays. They kept family and visitors under control, and the numbers of infected people went down.