Bye 2020 Don’t Let the Door Hit You On The Way Out.

The Winter Solstice is usually when I start to celebrate Out With The Old and In With The New, but this year it feels to me that the end of the sad old year and the begging of a sparkling new one full of promise and hope doesn’t take place oh January 1, but on January 20.

Until then, there’s still a lot of 2020 left to endure and mull over.

2020: How It Started:

2020: How It Ended:

This is what happens when you get a kitten in 2020.










I’m typing this on Friday morning, which is December 25, which is the Chris part of the Winter holiday of ChrisHanuKwanSolstice. Someone once observed that there’s no holiday that extinguishes itself more thoroughly than Christmas, meaning that, on December 26, Christmas is dead, gone, over, raggedy, and out of mind. that’s a shame. I wish there were more than one holiday a year that made such good use of tinsel.



This one took me a few minutes to get. Then it was funny.




In one day of 53-degre weather, all our snow melted, so today we are very soggy and gray here on the north shore of Long Island.  We got 10.75 inches of snow last week, but Binghampton, in upstate New York near the Pennsylvania border, got 41 inches. This is how that went:



You know that we have to do a little Trump round up (because until January 20, 2021, we still live in Crazy Town). This is a throw back to Christmas 2018, and it actually made me laugh:

Let’s let Lucy say it, say it one last time:

More proof of Trump assholery:

But wait, there’s more.

Trump’s second round of pardons of 26 crooks, thieves, liars, and seditionists included Charles Kushner, Jared Kushner’s father (and Ivanka Trump’s father-in-law).

What got Charles Kushner in trouble with the Feds was something he did after he discovered his brother-in-law was cooperating with federal authorities. Charles Kushner hatched a scheme for revenge and intimidation.

Kushner hired a prostitute to lure his brother-in-law, William Schulder, the husband of his sister, then arranged to have the encounter in a New Jersey motel room recorded with a hidden camera. 

The plot succeeded, and Mr. Kushner had a videotape sent to the Schulders. Instead of being intimidated, though, the tape enraged the Schulders and they reported it to the feds, who recruited the prostitute to turn on Kushner.

Kushner later pleaded guilty to three counts of tax evasion and making illegal campaign donations. He was put in prison for 14 months by the ex-governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, who was then a federal prosecutor.

“Mr Kushner pled guilty. He admitted the crimes,” Christie told PBS last year. 

“I mean its one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted when I was US attorney. And I was US attorney in New Jersey.”


The Republicans have come up with new paradigms to use in their attempts to  overturn the election. You got to have it to them, they do find the best ways to persuade morons:




I’m giving you al this information in case you have to explain this to a Trumper in your life. that is, if you think they can understand the concept of “facts”.

Let’s let Adam Schiff, Democratic representative from California, explain it in is opening arguments for the impeachment of Donald Trump in the Winter of 2019:

File this under “O, The Irony”:

This hot Boomer is Bruce Bartman, age 70, from Delaware County, PA, who registered his dead mother and forged her signature on her mail-in ballot:

I bet he thinks that beard looks good on him, in a Marlboro Man/1970s rocker kind of way.

Two other graciously aging Baby Boomers were also caught casting fraudulent votes in Pennsylvania. One was Robert Lynn, age 67, in Luzerne County, who also voted for his dead mother, and the other is Ralph thurman, age 71, who voted for himself and then put on a cap and sunglasses and tried to vote again in his son’s name. These are the ONLY cases of voter fraud to be substantiated in Pennsylvania.

What the fuck is with these old white guys? 

Oh right. White old guys think they own America:

Really, when do we arrest this piece of shit for sedition?

Well, every now and then, we get a small victory that gives up hope that we are moving, inch by inch, in the right direction: 

It’s true, by the way, what Joe Biden’s incoming deputy chief of staff, Jen O’Malley Dillon, said about Republicans is right. They are fuckers:

In 2021 I resolve to spend less time being angry about America.  

I’m going to spend more time thinking deep thoughts about life and my place in the universe. I’ll be turning 65 in 22 days and I think it’s about time I become mature.









But wait, there’s more.

To get in the mood for the wrapping up of our visit this week, a selection of internet news that I call  Getting In The Mood For The Let Down of the Post-Christmas Season, we need the right background music. So give a listen to this new, moody French song about Winter’s melancholy. ***










*** ***It’s not French, it’s Korean. Sorry for the fib, but people seem more willing to listen to a foreign language if it’s French, so I lured you in with a French fake-out.

Here’s your French content:

Have a great weekend, everyone. The next time we meet it will be 2021 and I hope you all will be massively hungover from the huge party you gave yourself to celebrate the end, at last, of a year we will never forget, and the beginning of a new year you will cherish.




11 Comments, RSS

  1. Megan

    Have a satisfactory Festivus, my card for next year sorted! Thank you for a wonderful year of blogging. You have raised my spirits and made such a difference. You gave me lots of laughs mostly at the expense of other people, but a laugh is great medicine. Hope you and the cats and of course Top Cat had a wonderful ChrisHanuKwanSolstice. Roll on 2021.

  2. Kirra

    Merry Christmas Vivian! Thanks for posting on the 25th, hope you had a good day and see you again next year. Trump is just deplorable with all these pardons, it’s a bit embarrassing to watching him being so terrible.

  3. judy

    Merry Christmas Vivian,
    Thank you for the entertaining send off for tRump and 2020.
    Thank you for your great jokes that have allowed me to keep my sanity during 2020.
    I am looking forward to more kitty photos and what 2021 has in store for us.
    Happy New Year!

  4. No self-respecting American has what appears to be WHEAT toast with their bacon, eggs, coffee, and gun, when there might be doughnuts around somewhere. Also the gun should be a huge automatic weapon of some kind.

    Does this mean you get to go on Medicare this year? 2021 is going to be AWESOME for you. Seriously. In my family we all cheer when somebody gets to 65, it means we might bet something approximating decent insurance coverage. I fully expect that “entitlement” to be gone when I get there, but I’d be happy if you get to enjoy it for a while. Cheers!

  5. barbara

    Another great post! Thank you! I really look forward to your weekly words. I hope this comment show up as my previous ones haven’t.

  6. Jacqueline Mineo

    Your blog really helped me get through this wacked year. I feel like I’m opening the best gift ever every time you post. It’s the only time I get to laugh out loud. ( OK, not at the empty vial ornament, that was a whole different feeling) Stay well.

  7. I’m definitely ready to turn the page on this crazy year! Binghamton is notoriously snowy, along with all of upstate New York, as I recall, but 41 inches is INSANE. I like the pictures of the Christmas lights glowing through the snow, though. A great effect!

  8. patricia

    Your ChrisFest yada yada was better than mine. Spent 4 hrs at Urgent Care trying to get a blood test for my husband who may have taken way too much Tylenol trying to handle the pain of his broken shoulder. Eventually we got the all clear and we got to go home and try and raise his sodium level. Oddly it was down. So Gatorade and potato chips is on!

    I’d rather have champagne.

  9. Margot Boyer

    So glad I checked after thinking you might have taken Friday off.
    In my world, Dec. 25 is the First Day of Christmas, and then 11 more.
    I’m celebrating by waking up my husband in the early morning dark by singing the appropriate bit of the song. Today was: On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, FIIIIVE GOLDEN RIIINGS, fourcallingbirds, threefrenchhens, twoturtledoves, and A Partridge in a Pear TREEEEEE.
    I look forward to dragging this out for another week.
    I wish everyone a Satisfactory Festivus.

  10. Vivian, Yours is my only must read blog. 2020 survival “food”!!! Anyway did you have anything to do with the NYT 2020 news quiz that involves a Korean boy band? Always the best to you and yours, Robert

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