Baristaville — The Holiday Movie

If you missed Baristanet’s Divalicious holiday bash, let the lovely Lauren Mattia take you there…

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  1. Hey, Iceman gets a video graphic effect and where’s my video graphic effect? 😉
    Just kidding. Nice video.

  2. Nice vid! So that’s what Liz looks like. Again this makes me sorry I didn’t come. But at least you had a doorman/bouncer who looks like me.
    OK, I have a question: How is Dick Grabowsky a developer? He seems to own some retail/commercial buildings, and an antiques shop. Doesn’t a developer buy property then re-build to enhance its value (successfully or not)? Does Grabowsky do that? I don’t mean to slag the guy; he seems like a nice, gregarious fellow. I’m just saying he seems more a landlord than a developer.

  3. Yes, Dick Grabowsky is unquestionably a “developer.” He buys land with or without buildings, either builds on the land or improves the existing buildings. He does only commercial development; no residential.
    Dick built the Fairlawn Medical Center in 1985 and owned it until recently. He also built and owns retail on Route 4 in Paramus. In addition, founded a large architectural metalworking company in Bergen County, which he has owned for over 25 years.
    P.S. He grew up in Paterson.

  4. Thank you Dusty. I was going on what i see around Bloomfield Avenue, but it seems that’s just one part of his biz. Well fair play to him, then, developer/landlord/metal-work maven that he is.

  5. You like me…you really like me. I want to thank all of the little people who made this moment possible. The rumors are true, Oprah did call me about my availabilty to cohost with her but I told her to call my people and we’ll do lunch.
    My list of demands for next year’s party:
    I will attend for my usual appearance fee.
    I need one table for me and my ladies; one table for my support team – agent, stylist,personal trainer, publicist, personal photographer and financial mgr. I will be happy to sign only one item per attendee. And no one is allowed to make eye contact with me without prior approval.
    Really, enough about me, how’s my hair?
    Ice rules

  6. Great video! What a pleasant surprise to find it in my inbox this a.m.
    I know I’m not a big player here, but watching it makes me wish I’da made it to the party. Maybe next year.
    Hey Iceman! GO GIANTS!! 🙂

  7. Watching the party video, I was amused to learn that laserboy apparently imagines our exchanges are between equals and that they’re in a mutual spirit of fun (however one-sidedly they tilt in rational thought processes away from him).
    For most everyone else, I wish a very joyous December 25th, whatever your belief system, and an equally happy ensuing holiday season and 2007. As the old Brit carol goes, “Nowell! Nowell! This is the salutation of the angel Gabriel…Out of your sleep and rise to a new and glorious morning.”

  8. I took the arcane bait…
    Additional Note from Joshua Sylvestre, Christmas Carols – Ancient and Modern (circa 1861, reprinted A. Wessels Company, New York, 1901):
    This is the popular English version of the The Golden Carol just given, and details the wanderings of the Magi, or Three Kings. In the original, Noel, the French word for Christmas, or Christmas-carol, is corrupted to “Nowell.” I have not hesitated to restore the correct rendering. With regard to the three poor Shepherds, alluded to in the second line, Mr. Sandys remarks that according to some legends the number was four, called Misael, Achael, Cyriacus, and Stephanus, and these with the names of the Three Kings, were used as a charm to cure the biting of serpents, and other venomous reptiles and beasts. In the seventh of the Chester Mysteries, the Shepherds, who are three but three, have the more homely names of Harvey, Tudd and Trowle, and are Cheshire or Lancashire boors by birth and habits. Trowle’s gift to our Saviour is “a pair of his wife’s old hose.”
    Editor’s Note: Hugh Keyte, an editor of The New Oxford Book of Carols (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992) believes that “Joshua Sylvestre” is a pseudonym for a collaboration between William Sandys (1792-1874) and William Henry Husk (1814-1887).
    Merry Christmas, Cathar, from an atheist who used to sing carols in church.

  9. You could still sing in church, “Nowell know well,” I suspect more than a few practicing dominies of ALL faiths don’t exactly “believe.” I just basically do. And the choir wherever could probably use another voice.
    But it wasn’t meant as bait (I have it on a cd of Christmas music from “early America”), merely that I was “humming” one of my seasonal faves. Still, I wish you the very best the season offers for all and any of us, and an even better 2007.

  10. Happy Kwanzaa Iceman, may you be imbued with the principals:
    Umoja (Unity)
    To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
    Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
    To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
    Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
    To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
    Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
    To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
    Nia (Purpose)
    To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
    Kuumba (Creativity)
    To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
    Imani (Faith)
    To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

  11. Umoja — racial unity
    Kujichagulia — racial separatism
    Ujima — socialism by taking from others
    Ujamaa — socialism by others taking from you
    Nia — nationalistic socialism
    Kuumba — the one truly pleasant and non-political concept here
    Imani — jihad by a softer name

  12. This is so well known I’m surprised someone posted a paean to the “holiday” above, but Kwanzaa is a sort of black nationalist fake celebration dreamed up by a noted “get whitey” sort and convicted felon (for kidnapping, among other charges) named Ron Karenga. Africans have no idea what you’re talking about when you mention Kwanzaa to them, they just look at you funny.
    It certainly has nothing to do with authentic old world traditions. So “the true meaning….” is definitely in the zone on this one, although I doubt that folks who celebrate Kwanzaa (the old joke runs that it’s really only white public school teachers and administrators) give much thought to either the specificity of the Swahili language used for the “principles” or the bafflement mention of the occasion arouses in, say, Senegalese or Ethiopians, since in neither nation do they speak Swahili.

  13. Yes Kwanzaa is silly and its principles are naively commie-ish. But that doesn’t make it “fake” — or any more fake than any other holiday. All holiday celebrations were ‘dreamed up’ by someone with an agenda. Christmas happens because some pope in the 4th century co-opted an existing Roman festival. It’s a fake birthday.

  14. Christmas is a horrible holiday where kids demand all sort of toys and gifts for no good reason
    Christmas gets bigegr every year because of retailers

  15. I should say, though, that even though Christimas is “fake”, I’m one atheist who generally enjoys it, and particularly had fun this year.

  16. Smirkysleep, Kwanzaa is fake because so many think mistakenly that it has deep roots in Africa. Instead of in the feverish political fantasies of a convicted kidnapper and all-round thug. It is the worst kind of made-up holiday because its genuine origins are generally ignored by way of enabling merchants to sell more merchandise. Or tickets to “celebrations” of it, as happens at NJPAC.(Were it a genuine holiday, I’d be very much a proponent of “Keep Shango in Kwanzaa” sort.) I assure you, too, that I’ve asked Africans from several countries what they thing of it, and the answer is always “very little.”
    Yet to Christians, Christmas is not a
    “fake birthday” at all, but a celebration, now held in December (for calendrical reasons that have almost nothing to do with the old pagan Saturnalia, as it turns out, or with Mithraism), of the birth of the Savior. There’s quite a difference. Perhaps even you, however, might enjoy it more were you a believer, because there really is more to the feast day than that ping pong table you mentioned on another thread. Some folks even go to church services by way of formalizing and affirming their joy at the event of Christ’s birth. Imagine!

  17. So it’s not fake because it celebrates a ‘savior’ you believe to be real? Fine for you, Cathar, but you do understand that to many people, the tale of Jesus as the savior is just as fake as Kujichagulia and Ujamaa. It’s just an older story. All I’m saying is one man’s fake holiday is another man’s sacred celebration. I enjoy christmas because it’s a chance to do fun stuff with my family for a week, and because i grew up in a family that took it seriously. I don’t bother with Kwanzaa because i never heard of it until ten years ago.
    Would i enjoy christmas more if i actually believed the myths that you beleive? Could I be as happy, carefree and light-hearted as you, Cathar? Imagine!

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