Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, and welcome 2009! New Year's Eve turned out to be quite exciting. The night started out at home with some close friends, relaxing over conversation to catch up on the goings-on of life in Palm Springs. We had dinner reservations at my favorite restaurant, Melvyn's (the same place we went for Christmas dinner). It was very busy with a well heeled crowd. Gentlemen were generally in suits or tuxedos; most ladies wore fancy dresses, gowns with sequins or feathers, and were dripping in diamonds and pearls. The entire ceiling was covered with balloons throughout the dining room and lounge which provided a festive atmosphere throughout. After our sumptuous dinner, we hit the lounge to enjoy the live music and a good round of people watching too. Of course I managed to stop for a New Years Eve photo with my usual martini. Next, we went to the home of a MAJOR singer celebrity who invited us to their home here in Palm Springs. I cannot reveal whose home it was, and I did not take any photos (although it killed me not to do so). I want to be invited back, so I shall respect this person's confidentiality. Suffice to say, it was a major thrill to be in his home. The house is perched way up high on the side of the mountain, with a spectacular view of the desert floor. I chatted with this super famous person for quite awhile and really enjoyed the conversation. While at the party, another famous celebrity showed up, a well-known actress who I've always admired. She looked great and was there with her husband. (Sorry to be so clandestine with the details). Anyway it was a fun evening and a memorable way to ring in the new year.

above: photos from Melvyn's restaurant, with all the fun balloons covering the ceilings. It was a great night out!
New Year's Day Video
I've prepared a New Year's Day video for you with my web cam, I hope you have time to check it out, either from YouTube or the Blogger video further below.

Happy New Year to you.

-Rick Rockhill


Anonymous said...

I can hear sheldon playing with a squeaky toy... at least I hope it was sheldon? Poor little guy...having to wear the cone.

Thanks for sharing the video!

Just heard you say it was sheldon... I'm releived.

Happy new year!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

a very happy new year to you rick! thanks for entertaining me last year. i loved the quote too.

here's to 2009!

smiles, bee

Cheryl said...

Your New Year's Eve sounded fabulous and I'm so glad you got to mingle with very famous celebrities. I hope this is your foray into that inner circle. Happy 2009!

lime said...

happy new year, rick. wish you the best in 2009

© Karelian Blonde said...

Live long and prosper friend and Happy New Year to Palms Springs from London town :)

jackie said...

happy 2009 to you!!!

Olivia said...

Well, as I have already commented on the video on FB, I shall not repeat myself here, other than to say that Sheldon even with a collar on is a well behaved boy.

I would have loved to see the men in tuxes and the ladies in their sumptuous evening wear!

whimsical brainpan said...

Happy New Year!

Great video and wonderful quotes, thanks for sharing.

I hope Sheldon's recovery goes well.

Oh and BTW I am so jealous that you have a library.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...


I'm guessing the first initial of the first name "B"? (lol)

Olivia said...

OldOld Lady - hehe, I see where you're going there...

Palm Springs Savant said...

Naomi (Old lady of the hills)- you got it right my friend! ;-)

kenju said...

I shall be wracking my brain for singers with the initial B who live in Palm Springs!! Lucky you. Happy New Year, Rick.

Sharon said...

Damn, I'm jealous! Well, if you were at "B"'s house, my guess is that the well known actress who was there with her husband, might possibly be the one known as "B"'s best friend. And that their house is in line of sight from B's. Am I right?

Happy New Year from chilly New Jersey!
- Sharon -

Kathy said...

Hi! I'm a long-time friend of Cheryl's and my kharma is totally positive! (Check out my blog).
Our New Year's was lovely, but the antithesis of yours in that it was quiet. We shared it at an early dinner out with our best friends, Marge & Dave, and then home to a roaring fire and a good book --Harlan Coban's FADE AWAY. (It's very cold here!)
Blessings in the New Year. Kathy

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Rick. Loved hearing about that house up on the hill. I bet the place is GORGEOUS. Loved hearing about your time there. Wish you could share more, but I totally understand and respect your discretion. Happy 2009 from one Palm springs resident to another.

texas_fan said...

Clandestine enough to not mention names but...hmmm...I wonder who????

Hope 2009 is an awesome year for you. Look forward to reading your blog and enjoying your food, art, and celebrity perspective.


Anonymous said...

And a Happy New Year to you too!
My sister in law loves Palm Springs and she's been nudging me to bring the family for vacation some time. Might have to tap your brain for some recommendations this year?


Peter said...

And a happy (somewhat belated) new year to you, Rick. Have just become a fan of your blog. Much fun to read. And love your ascots.


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