Happy Hogmany

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Wordsmith Maggie is pleased to report that she awoke sans hangover on this first morning of year 2015.
But to those who may have stayed up way past their normal bedtimes last night and partook of too many celebratory libations, perhaps a little hair of the dog remedy might be in order.  (A strong cuppa joe, followed by a bloody mary, would be WM’s remedy for any morning-after sufferers out there…)
Non-reveler WM confesses to have conked-out at about 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s eve, too soon to catch team Anderson Cooper & Kathy Griffin do their annual live late night TV shtick in NYC’s Times Square.  What a pity WM wasn’t able to watch Anderson pose the “Who’s LeBron James” question to his sidekick.  Apparently, sports (football, in particular) isn’t one of Cooper’s strong points, something not lost on his acerbic co-host. Watch out all you future red carpet walkers–you thought Joan Rivers was rough!

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POLAR BEAR SWIM, ANYONE?

Speaking of cold weather, the temperature isn’t expected to go much north of 40 degrees in the Puget Sound region later today (currently it’s 33).  And, yet there’s a hearty, some would say crazy, bunch who took the annual plunge in the frigid waters of West Seattle’s Alki Beach at 10:00 a.m. this morning.
According to longtime organizer, Mark Ufkes, taking the frosty plunge is a “great way to wash away the complexities of the previous year, and celebrate the unlimited potential that awaits all of us in the year.”  Yeah, right…
Duke’s Chowder House, conveniently located directly across from where swimmers took to the water, generously provided free chowder for the huddled, freezing 500-plus masses afterward.  While WM was there to witness the spectacle, she returned home shortly thereafter to down a Mimosa paired with her “gently-tweeked” rendition of Garlicky Black Pepper Shrimp and Black-Eyes Peas, per her last post’s recipe OMG, SEATTLE OUTSIDER MUSINGS readers, you REALLY need to try this if you haven’t already. (You don’t have to prepare it just on New Year’s Day, by the way.  So, go for it and let me know what you think!)

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As for today’s Rose Parade in Pasadena, and the ensuing Rose Bowl game between the Oregon Ducks and Florida State Seminoles, onlookers should bundle-up well there, too, if they plan on being outside for any length of time. Temps in that usually warm (and dry) part of the country dipped to unseasonably sub-freezing digits last night, with snow blanketing the surrounding San Gabriel Mountains. Brrrrrrr!

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TV is such a wonderful medium for unabashed warmth-seeking couch potato-types like this writer!  As WM gets ready to slink off to the couch again in anticipation of the afternoon’s college football match-up, I say: Go Ducks! (That’s because my friend, Edie, who hails from Oregon, told me I should root for, so…  May the best team win!

Again, here’s wishing you a happy and healthy 2015!

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