Written by cycleguy on December 30th, 2013

Traffic is really, really slow during the Christmas/New Year holiday.  Several other bloggers have mentioned it and I would have to agree.  We have other priorities during that time- family, fun, food, friends.  Blog reading does not begin with an “f.”  I’m as guilty as the rest I’m afraid: while I read blogs, I comment on very few due to time constraints.  Like many others, I have every intention of “getting with the program” after the first of the year.

I will be posting this at 8:00 on Monday night.  That means there will be 28 hours left in 2013 from that moment.  You will obviously be reading it (if you do) some time after that.  The countdown has begun as we rush toward 2014.  I’m interested in knowing if you read this and when.

I’d also be interested in knowing what your plans are for New Year’s Eve.  The church I pastor is having a get-together from 7-12:00 full of games, food, and fun.  Nothing structured except as we get close to midnight to pray in the new year.  What are your plans?

And for you music connoisseurs I offer this flashback from the ’80s.  Until this past year, I think I had it on my blog every December 31st.  It returns as a reminder-not only to the countdown of 2013 but also that every day brings us closer to the coming of Jesus.   Enjoy!  Bring back memories?  Check out the drummer’s shorts at 2:15.  🙂  And yes, I know it is not everyone’s cup of tea, but bear with me (then go back to listening to yours).  😛



22 Comments so far ↓

  1. Daniel says:

    I still follow my regular sites, including yours at the end of year. It is now Monday evening at 8:10 p.m.. New Year’s Eve will find me doing what I do most other days when I am alone. I will go into work during the day and putter around at home in the evening with my books, my computer, my T.V., and my thoughts. Sounds kind of depressing I know, but I am working to give a better report in the future. Blessings to you in the upcoming year.

    • cycleguy says:

      i will be at work a good part of the day also Daniel. I already have it on my calendar to go to a cemetery for a memorial service for the father of a friend who died this past summer. i also hope to do my Bowflex and ride indoors before heading to the party tonight. I pray for God to really knock your socks off with His magnificent grace this year.

  2. Betty Draper says:

    It’s Monday evening, 7 p.m. I think Ace and I are going to baby sit the grandchildren and if not we may go to a movie. We use to do a get together, food, games, music at the church we got saved in, love it. Whatever we do 2014 will come into assistance without much fan fare at our house. Thanks for being consistant with your blog, your stand on the Word, your passion for the Lord. Happy New Year

    • cycleguy says:

      I think you are about 2-3 hours behind us Betty. 🙂 You are in California right/ Thanks for your ?kind words. I do not take them lightly. I pray God really reveals Himself to you this year and your prayers for your son find their fulfillment.

  3. It is 3:45 AM, 12-31-13.

    I will be with family and friends in a safe environment, then praying we get home safely and avoid any possible obstacles caused by those who may have taken their celebration a bit too far.

    While my visits to your blog have been sporadic at best and my comments even less frequent, I’d like to take thIs time to thank you for taking the time to type something that makes sense in our crazy world. I pray that your words and/or words in some comments touch hearts for Christ and to further His kingdom.

    God bless you and yours as you “ring in the new year” (or pray in the new year as our church always did by circling up at about 11:50 and holding hands in that old way of prayer circle, sQueezing the hand of the person next to you when it is their turn. the time we opened our eyes, it was always a few mins after midnight and we hugged all around and headed to our cars…we tidy up before prayer circle).

    • cycleguy says:

      Well Ms…you beat me by 15 minutes. So you are either just going to bed or just getting up. 🙂 The church building is only 2 miles from home so I also am hoping for a safe trip back home after a fun time in a safe environment. I appreciate your visits and comments to my blog whenever you can get here. They are valued. I really am humbled by your words here. Thanks. praying you have a blessed new year.

  4. Normally I try to read you sometime between 8 and 10 at night. It’s almost 6 am. I went to a UT basketball game instead.
    We’re going to church for some hot chocolate. Then we’ll probably watch a movie, watch the ball drop and go to bed.

    • cycleguy says:

      i appreciate you coming by to read Larry. I saw that UT won. Least it was worth staying out. 🙂 I can’t say I have ever seen the ball drop. I’ve either been at a church gathering or watching my eye lids.

  5. Dan Erickson says:

    It’s 5:30am PST December 31. My mom is visiting. We have no plans for tonight. Hadn’t even thought about it. I just keep moving forward each day. I’ve recently started physical therapy for a frozen shoulder (I’m 50 and it’s a weird but common ailment). Mine is fairly mild. I expect to kick it in 2014 and to keep moving each day.

    Happy New Year, Bill. I hope the year brings many blessings your way!

  6. floyd says:

    My subscription to your site just popped into my inbox at just after seven am. It’s now 7:06. We’re going to an early dinner and I hope to ring in the new year looking at the back side of my eyelids…

    I like that old song… a little nauseous at the site of the drummers shorts.. my oatmeal is in danger of defying gravity…

    God bless, Bill! Happy New year to you and yours, brother!

    • cycleguy says:

      I may regret not looking at the inside of my eyelids when the night is over Floyd. The shorts are sort of off-putting aren’t they? praying God just rocks your world with some good stuff this year my friend.

  7. Kari Scare says:

    Read your posts usually soon after they come in my email the morning after they publish. It is 9am on Tuesday morning here in Michigan right now. Our plans for tonight are to play games with out two teenage boys & their two friends. We will probably watch some TV too while they play video games in the basement. Too cold to go out and thrilled our boys still want to hang out with mom and dad.

    • cycleguy says:

      I heard you all were supposed to really be having that bitter cold weather. Sounds like you have a good plan…stay inside and stay warm. Nothing better than family. It is quite an honor they still want to hang out with you guys. 🙂

  8. Tammy says:

    Hey Bill. It’s Tuesday at 10:20am and I am reading. This is the first post of yours I have read in the past couple of weeks as I have been doing hospital duty with my precious husband. He came down with pneumonia and it has been a rough month. He will hopefully come off the ventilator today, all prayers appreciated. His name is Chuck.

  9. Susan says:

    Harry and I will go to bed early hoping that the neighbors don’t make too much noise with firecrackers. Yeah, we are old fogies.

    • cycleguy says:

      Sounds good to me Susan. had someone ask me when the last time was that I stayed up till midnight. I told them, “Might have been last year.” 🙂 Nights are made for sleeping.

  10. I didn’t think I would be reading blogs on NY Eve, but here I am! The kids and my hubby have our two guests occupied until a bit later. Your church party sounds great! My son watched the video with me and was singing along. lol

    Miss connecting via the blog, but glad I could stop by tonight to wish you a happy new year!

    • cycleguy says:

      It is so good to hear from you Melanie. So glad you are doing well. Kind of funny about your son knowing that song from the 80s. Thanks for stopping by on NY Eve. Praying you will experience an extra measure of God’s grace in 2014.

  11. Rick Dawson says:

    Ah, the eighties – miss that music 🙂

    NYE and NYD, I have no rituals, no patterns. I read blogs, caught up with friends on Facebook, made a phone call and a video call. Read scripture. Totted up the things I am grateful for. Tried to stay (a) warm and (b) away from broadcast TV in any form. It is going to be a good year no matter what comes, and may God be praised. Happy New Year to you and yours, Bill, and to all who read here!

    • cycleguy says:

      I miss it also Rick. I still listen to Stryper and bands like Europe. I like your activities for today. I pray God’s grace overwhelms you in this near year.