Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Year's Eve

It's New Year's Eve here in Ten Forward, and things are not going well.

The crew are sitting around having their pork pies, cheesy dips and Bloodwine. Geordi is spinning a few discs happily as he always loves to be a DJ.

"Why could we not get The Strolling Bones back again, Seven," I ask her, "They were good at the Christmas Party."

"Indeed they were, Locutus," she replies, "The Borg Queen had them straight away for her own New Year's Party on Unimatrix 01."

"So they are having a good time on their Borg cube?" asks Riker, "Somehow I can't imagine drones enjoying a party."

"If the Queen orders them to, and threatens to disconnect them if they don't, they will." she comments. Sometimes I think Seven has a dry sense of humour; other times she is serious. I can't tell one from the other.

"Why can't we just set everything up in a holdeck?" asks Beverly, "It will be better than things are right here. Geordi's choice of records are deadly dull, and is hardly making anyone cheery. Only he is happy."

"The holodecks are down right now, Bev." I tell her, "After passing though that last space cloud, they all fused. It was no fun; one moment I was riding a horse over the plains, the next I was on a floor in an empty room."

"There must be something we can do to prevent the Enterprise getting affected by these clouds." pipes up Deanna, while eating a chocolate sundae.

"At the moment, Counselor." adds Data, while serving a Bolian Brandy to a crewman, "There is nothing Starfleet can do."

"Things are getting dull around here." Ro Laren icily states, "The crew are looking surly; it's no way to celebrate New Year's Eve."

"I've an idea!" exclaims Jadzia, after sipping yet another drink, "Why don't WE play the music and sing for the crew?"

We look at each other while trying to think of a reason why not.

"Err....we are not that good at playing music and singing, Jadzia" replies Deanna.

"I'm sure we could." Jadzia leaps up, "Data can play anything, Worf is a good drum player, the Captain and Beverly could be lead singers...and....."

"All right" I concede, "We'll have a go; the rest of the crew may need earplugs, though."


Ten minutes later, we are all set up; Jennifer Baxter and Jadzia are on the guitars, Data is on the keyboards, Worf is on the drums, Riker on the trombone, Geordi is on the piano; Deanna, Seven and Ro Laren are the backing voices.

"Are you ready, Jean-Luc?" asks Beverly.

"I guess so." I reply, and we open with Space Oddity..

Ground Control to Major Tom
Ground Control to Major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
Ground Control to Major Tom
Commencing countdown, engines on
Check ignition and may God's love be with you
Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One, Liftoff
This is Ground Control to Major Tom
You've really made the grade
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear
Now it's time to leave the capsule if you dare
"This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today
For here
Am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do
Though I'm past one hundred thousand miles
I'm feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much she knows"
Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you....
"Here am I floating round my tin can
Far above the Moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do."

Everybody livens up, claps and dances away....

We play the song Betazoid Boogie, which gets the whole crew on the dancefloor; as many have had too many to drink already, 'on the dancefloor' means passed out. Some of the Security have to drag them off.

Seven sings her rendition of I'm Just A Borg Girl Who Wants To Assimilate You which gets her a lot of cheers.

Bev and I then do a duet... The Best Is Yet To Come....

Out of the tree of life, I just picked me a plum
You came along and everything started to hum
Still its a real good bet, the best is yet to come

The best is yet to come, and wont that be fine
You think youve seen the sun, but you aint seen it shine

Wait till the warm-up is underway
Wait till out lips have met
Wait till you see that sunshine day
You aint seen nothin yet

The best is yet to come, and wont that be fine
The best is yet to come, come the day that your mine

Come the day that your mine
Im gonna teach you to fly
Weve only tasted the wine
Were gonna drain that cup dry

Wait till your charms are right, for the arms to surround
You think youve flown before, but you aint left the ground

Wait till youre locked in my embrace
Wait till I hold you near
Wait till you see that sunshine place
There aint nothin like it here

The best is yet to come, and wont that be fine
The best is yet to come, come the day that your mine

As midnight approaches, we get ready for Auld Lang Syne....

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne? And days of auld lang syne, my dear,
And days of auld lang syne.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine.
We've wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin' auld lang syne.
Sin' auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin' auld lang syne,
We've wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin' auld ang syne.
We twa hae sported i' the burn,
From morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin' auld lang syne.
Sin' auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin' auld lang syne.
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin' auld lang syne.
And ther's a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie's a hand o' thine;
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

I give Beverly a big kiss.

"Happy New Year, Jean-Luc." she says quietly, as I reply with "Happy New Year, Bev."

A puzzled Seven approaches me.

"I am unfamiliar with the lyrics of the last song, Locutus." she says, "You will explain them to me."

"Errr...I will do that when I have some time Seven." I tell her hastily. "They are not easy to tell you."

"Especially when you don't know, Jean-Luc!" whispers Bev in my ear.


To all those reading my Journal..........Happy New Year!!


Gyrobo said...

Happy New Year, Enterprise crew!

Anonymous said...

happy new year everyone on the ship!!! maybe next year you will have chocolate at your party. sigh... bee

Anonymous said...

Happy New yEar Captain.

Here from Michele's this time.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, dude Captain, sir!

Anonymous said...

Posted below so re-posting here:

Dearest friend, I wish you the most wonderful of New Years. May this coming year exceed your expecations far more than you ever dreamed! Thank you for being such a good friend. :) Hugs and love to you!

Lahdeedah said...

Happy New Year!

May 2007 be a year full of wonderful surprises.

UngaMan said...

Happy New Year from Starbase 118 to the Crew of the Enterprise and the real nice people that read the Journal!!!

Looking forward to new adventures on the 2007 Dear Captain :)

squirrel said...

Happy New Year Captain thanks for a years worth of great posts!!!! See ya next year!

dragonflyfilly said...

*sigh*...[in a seductive whisper]...Happy Newyear to you, Happy Newyear to you, Happy Newyear Mon Kapitano, Happy Newyear to you! *gasp* ..." and many moooore..." *sigh*

and don't worry about all those troublesome crew, now, ok?

Tara said...

Happy New Year, Captain!!!

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Just dropping by to say a Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Just when I thought I was a pretty smart guy, some Starfleet Captain posts the words to auld lang Syne!

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Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Jean-Luc.

I've always thought the complete lyrics of Auld Lang Syne to be very beatiful.

all my love,


Leslie said...

Happy New Year!

Erifia Apoc said...

Happy Earthen New-Year.

Sim said...

And that's alright Captain - I don't understand the lyrics either but at least now I can sing the song as opposed to mumbling through the few lines I do know..

Happy New Year to all on the Enterprise!

Sim said...

And that's alright Captain - I don't understand the lyrics either ;) But on the bright side, at least now I can sing the song as opposed to mumbling through the few lines I do know..

Happy New Year to all on the Enterprise!

HeiressChild said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU. may 2007 be all that you want it to be.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Happy New Year, Jean-Luc!

Darth Nepharia said...

This begs me to ask: how did you decide to pick a date to begin your new year? Was it religious? What it stellar? As far as I can see, it is completely random. Hmmm.


Happy New Year to all on Earth!

Professor Xavier said...

It's hard to believe it's 2007. That date seems so futuristic. Maybe not to you in the 24th Century, but to me here in the 21st.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Captain!!!

Claire said...

Happy New Year to you and the crew, Jean-Luc!

Anonymous said...

I'm almost certain you can't dance to Space Oddity. Even in the 24th Century.

Happy New Year, Captain!

Ellee said...

I miss all the fun, why couldn't I be there too! Have a very happy New Year, Captain Picard.

Mykol said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR ENTERPRISE CREW!!! But what year is it in the 24th century?

Mother Jones RN said...

Happy New Year, Captain.


Jean-Luc Picard said...

Happy New Year to you all.

Apologies for my absence, but the telephones in the area have been disconnected and needed to be repaired.

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