Saturday, December 31, 2016
Goodbye, 2016! You were a real kick in the pants. But tonight's the night when so many people party like it's 1999. As usual I'll be attending a low-key affair with many of my celebrity friends; it's a pot-luck, and I hope Beyoncé will be bringing her famous tuna noodle casserole. She puts salt 'n vinegar Ruffles potato chips on top, my favorite.
I wanted to post something unusual or special, and all I could come up with was to scan all of my Disneyland tickets from past New Year's Eve parties. There are only four, but they'll have to do.
First is this fun ticket from 1962. Tickets were a mere $5.50 - but when you adjust for inflation, that works out to about $45 in today's bucks, believe it or not. Still a relative bargain! And you get hats and noise makers. Hopefully when they say "noise makers" they mean loaded pistols, which everyone can fire into the sky at midnight. It's a SoCal tradition. I love the artwork on this one. The park was open until 2 A.M. so I hope you had a nap.
This next one is from 1966. Pretty dull, design-wise. That $8 admission was the equivalent of about $60 today, which was quite a lot. You and your date - let's see, 60 X 2, carry the 4, divide by π, multiply the remainder by the hypotenuse, skim off the fat - that's $120! (New Math). Sure, it was a lot of money, but didn't you see the thing about noisemakers??
Meanwhile, I wonder why somebody punched "VOID" into this ticket. You'd think they would have just thrown the unused examples in the trash. History, shmistory.
Walt Disney passed away on December 15th, I wonder if that put a damper on things. One would think so.
As you can see, it's now 1967. This pink ticket was for advanced sales; once again I love the artwork! I wonder what bands were performing? Probably all of the acts from the recent Monterey Pop Festival. And notice that now guests would receive crazy New Year's hats! Say, what are the odds that New Year's Eve would fall on December 31 again?
And finally, another 1967 ticket, this time for those who didn't plan ahead. Be spontaneous! Sure, it will cost more, but you're worth it. I especially like that this one is unused, and does not have the dreaded VOID punched through it. Do you think that the "Surprise Midnight Spectacular" was a fireworks display?
I hope you all have a fun and safe New Year's Eve, and a happy, healthy, prosperous 2017!