|January 6, 2021
Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that
opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to
From the article:
Every New Years Eve, after
the champagne has been popped, the ball has dropped, and
everyone is feeling very merry indeed, revelers queue up the
same song theyve been queuing up for decades. You know
the oneit makes you cry, even though you dont
understand it and know almost none of the words.
song pops up everywhere, including the movies, one was the
1946 "It's a Wonderful Life". At the time, many
people thought it had been written for the film, not
realizing Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) was the
source. When bandleader Guy Lombardo started to use it in
his New Years Eve radio shows, popularity in this country
really took off. In the 1989 classic "When Harry Met
Sally" it helps bring the story together at the end
when Harry realizes on New Year's Eve he can't live without
So, how much do you know about this
Scottish national treasure?
People like me, those
with lost loved ones, tend to get melancholy during the
holidays, when we feel our loss even more than the regular
daily ache. It is only natural, especially when other family
members and friends are far away, if this is you, you are
not alone. Lily the Pomeranian helps keep the conversation
going around here, with me supplying both sides, and she is
starting to sound a lot like Marge Simpson. The dog doesn't
seem to mind, and it helps to make this place a little less
"YOU ABANDONED ME!!!"
Sorry Lily, it took a little longer than I thought.
become important, especially those that bring back memories.
My wife and I had a few common favorites, including Harry
and Sally. Somehow, those two reminded us of each other.
While Hazel never faked anything in a restaurant ("I'll
have what she's having"), she always ordered everything
"on the side", just like Sally. I remember once,
Hazel overdid it a bit, and the poor waitress was writing
like crazy on her little pad. When it was my turn, I said to
the lady,"I think I saw this in a movie",
and she replied "So did I".
people might not think of that film as a holiday one, but I
dig it out during the season and watch it again. The ending
is pure Ron and Hazel. Harry realizes he can't live without
Sally and rushes to find her at a New Years Eve party to
tell her how he feels:
"I love that you
get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you
an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get
a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me
like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I
can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that
you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to
sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's
not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because
when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life
with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as
soon as possible."
Queue the party crowd
singing Auld Lang Syne.
(Sung by Sissel in both English and Swedish and
done so beautifully it is ok for grown men and women to tear
up a bit while listening. I sure do.)
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