End of Year Stats For 2017

Map of the World showing where our Visitors To BigShotsNow – the Blog are

If you’re reading this it is safe to believe you are somewhere in 2018. Congratulations! You too have made it through another year. This is the time of year when we revisit everything, or everything you’re willing to talk about, and consider all that’s befallen you, good, bad, or indifferent over the past year. For many of you that has probably been really good things. Like suddenly becoming ungodly rich, or you got your first puppy, or you’ve been deliriously happy the entire year.

For the rest of us the past year may have been a little more spotty. The year contained a lot more ups and downs. Maybe you found out you were a co-joined twin, or you noticed the license plates on your car have been expired for two and a half years. Not all good luck stuff like the people in the paragraph above. That’s kind of like the experiences we here at The Institute have had.

There have been some colossal swings in our fortunes. As you know if you’re a friend and loyal reader we have gone from owning a small country where we had our world headquarters of The Institute to relocating our entire operation to a small but well kept refrigerator box under the North College St. Bridge, here in Fort Collins, Colorado. This has taken some adjustment and rethinking on our part as to what our future and goals may be. So far that future is still somewhat cloudy but it’s clear that The Institute still has a major role to play in the world’s future and we shan’t back away from our responsibility.

One of the things we have been surprised and delighted in has been the incredible increase in visitors from around the globe. We have had folks from 108 countries visit us, most of them of their own free will, and what’s even more astonishing is that they have returned for more. Some of them time and time again. It just shows you what a brave place this world we live in is. Being appreciative of their efforts we have attempted to extend to them our gratitude and thanks by saying Happy New Year in their very own language.

Below is a list of the afore mentioned countries and our attempt to say Happy New Year! in their language. If we have inadvertently screwed this up, even after our exhausted efforts to get it right, we humbly apologize in the language of your choice. Note: We don’t speak many of these languages so there is the occasional small chance of error, slight but still there. Also to put this entire thing into a more visual representation we have put up an image of the entire world as it’s known so far, with each country we have had visitors from colored in either red, yellow, or black, but not gray. The gray colored countries are ones we haven’t heard from yet. So if you know anybody in a gray country, or even know what that gray country is, send them an email with our link in it and tell them to hurry on over. We miss them.

Ok then, thanks for visiting us and come back when you get the chance. We have big plans, really, really big plans for 2018. Plans for The Institute, plans for getting a new larger refrigerator box, plans to start a cooperative tobacco farm. You’ve noticed the lack of tobacco use lately, we see that as a vacuum in the marketplace and an obvious opportunity to become really rich. Hope your new year is as filled with new experiences as we think, make that know, ours will be. So please find your country below and accept our best wishes for a Happy New Year!

United States – Hey! Happy New Year (Hey! optional)
Canada – Hey! Happy New Year Eh  (Hey!  & Eh optional)
Germany – Frohes neues Jahr
Brazil – Feliz Ano Novo
France – Bonne année
United Kingdom – Happy New Year!
Russia – С Новым Годом
Italy – Felice Anno Nuovo
Australia – Happy New Year mate (mate optional)
India – Nav varsh ka shubkamnayein
Netherlands – Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
Poland – Szczęśliwego nowego roku
New Zealand – Happy New Year – Tau Hou oaoa (Maori)
Czech Republic – Šťastný nový rok
Mexico – Feliz Año Nuevo
Serbia – срећна нова година
Ireland – Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh
Austria – Ein glückliches neues Jahr!
Spain – Feliz Año Nuevo
Philippines – Maligayang bagong taon
European Union – Happy New Year !
Slovenia – Srečno Novo Leto
Norway – godt nytt år
South Korea – 행복한 새해 보내세요!  Hang- bok-han sae-hae bo-nae-se-sae-yo!
China – 新年快乐  xīn nián kuài lè
Portugal – Feliz Ano Novo
Japan – 明けましておめでとう
Hungary – Boldog Új Évet
Switzerland – A guatis noiis Joa!
Argentina – Feliz Ano Nuevo!
Malaysia – selamat tahun baru
Thailand – สุขสันต์วันปีใหม่
Belgium – Süleyman Eroglu
Greece – Ευτυχισμένος ο καινούριος χρόνος
Romania – An Nou Fericit
Denmark – Godt nytår
Turkey – Yeni Yılınız Kutlu Olsun
South Africa – Voorspoedige Nuwejaar!
Jersey the Country –  Bonne année or Happy New Year!
Chile – Feliz Año Nuevo in Spanish; glückliches neues Jahr! in German; sretna Nova godina! in Croatian
Indonesia – Selamat Tahun Baru
Nigeria – Barka Da Djiri Barey-Yan
Iceland – Hamingjusamur Nýtt Ár
Finland – Hyvää uuttavuotta !
Taiwan – 新年好 / 新年好 (Xīnnián hǎo); In Mandarin: sshin-nyen haoww; In Cantonese: sen-nin haow
Sweden – Gott Nytt År
Colombia – Feliz Año Nuevo
Uruguay – Feliz Año Nuevo
Peru – ¡Feliz año nuevo!
Israel – shanah tovah
Croatia – sretna nova godina
Belarus – З Новым годам
Venezuela – Feliz Año Nuevo
Kenya – Nu Muhiga Musha
Singapore – Selamat Tahun Baru (Malay) 新年快乐 xīn nián kuài lè (Mandarin)
Guyana- sirito Kypoton Ra’a
Egypt – kol sana we ento taybeen
Bulgaria – Честита нова година
Guam – Magof Tinilaikan i Sakkan
Morocco – Asuggas Ambarki
Puerto Rico – Feliz Año Nuevo
Ecuador – Feliz Año Nuevo
Kuwait – Kull ‘Aam Wa-Antum Bikhayr
Cyprus – Ευτυχισμένος ο καινούριος χρόνος (greek); Yeni Yılınız Kutlu Olsun (Turkish)
United Arab Emirates –  كل عام و أنت بخير & سنة سعيدة
Costa Rica – ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
Saudi Arabia – عام جديد سعيد, لتكن لك إجازة عام جديد سعيدة (تقال وقت بداية سنة جديدة)
Angola – Eteke Lio Bowano, Inilimo Ciwa
Pakistan – نیا سال مبارک Nayasal Mubarak
Ukraine – З новим роком
Malta – Is-Sena T-Tajba
Qatar – Kull ‘Aam Wa-Antum Bikhayr
Bosnia & Herzegovina – Srećna Nova godina!
Georgia – გილოცავთ ახალ წელს
Mauritius – Banane! ( Mauritian Creole)
Nicaragua –  Feliz Año Nuevo
Cambodia – sur s’dey chh’nam t’mey  Khmer: បុណ្យចូលឆ្នាំថ្មី
Lithuania – su naujais metais
Albania – Gëzuar Vitin e Ri
Algeria –  كل عام و أنت بخير & سنة سعيدة
French Polynesia – Bonne année
French Guiana – Bonne année
Paraguay – Nutan Varshbhinandan (Gujrati ) ¡Feliz año nuevo!
Bolivia – ¡Feliz año nuevo!
North Korea – 새해 복 많이 받으세요
Ethiopia – Enkutatash (Amheric)
Dominican Republic – Feliz Año Nuevo
Vatican City – Felix Annus Novus (Latin); Felice Anno Nuovo (Italian); Bonne année (French)
Guinea – Bonne année
Azerbaijan – Yeni Bayramın Mubarək
Dominica – Feliz Año Nuevo
Curaçao – Bon Ana Nobo
Estonia – Hääd Uut Aastat
Tunisia – No translation, prohibited by Fatwa
Nepal – नयाँ वर्ष सँगै नयाँ र राम्रा कुरा अवश्य सिकिदै गइन्छ नै,
Honduras – Feliz Año Nuevo
Trinidad & Tobago – Bon Ane (Trinidad French Creole) Happy New Year (English)
Guadeloupe – Feliz Año Nuevo
Hong Kong SAR China – 新年快樂 /sen-nin feye-lor (Chinese); sshin-nyen kwhy-ler (Mandarin)
Kazakhstan – Kazakh Жаңа жыл құтты болсын
Lebanon – Mabrook hal sina jdeeda
Macedonia – Среќна Нова Година
Sri Lanka – අලුත් අවුරුද්ද Sinhalese
Bahrain – كل عام و أنت بخير & سنة سعيدة
Armenia – Շնորհավոր Նոր Տարի Shnorhavor Nor Tari
Syria –  عيد ميلاد مجيد وذكرى سنوية سعيد
Tanzania – Mar Higa manyien
Zimbabwe – goredzwa rakanaka Continue reading

Happy New Year

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A final Sunset. Normally this would be an opportunity to have a big blow out and celebrate the end of a good year and the promise of a better one to come. But instead it feels like it would be best to just ease on out of this one for a lot of reasons both defined and undefined, and see if we can’t do a little better next year. So I’ve elected to put up a sunset image taken from the deck here at blog central, to say good-bye to 2015 and wait for the dawn tomorrow to see what the sunrise brings.

Not to be all doom and gloom, there were plenty of good things happen in 2015. Things like, being in Washington DC to visit family and go to the space museum to see the airplane they named after my old pickup truck, the Enola Gay. Getting to spend time with new friends in the Blackfeet and Crow tribes up in Wyoming and Montana. Visiting Yellowstone yet again, not once but twice, Like how good is That. I was invited to shoot several rodeos in the area this summer and that brought back memories of when I was younger and could jump the fence with all my gear like a young gazelle, instead of staying up in the press box and using a long lens.

There were new people to meet. Some of them became good friends, one was very special. I got to oversee how The Institute came through the year, who got promoted (nobody) who got fired (mostly everybody), who lived, (most of who you wanted to) who died (most of the ones that needed to, some who didn’t and should have), all of the projects they managed to undertake and somehow manage to get through even with that clown show that normally operates there.

There were some milestones. The blog broke the record for the number of countries who visited and hopefully read some of the posts here as well as look at the pictures, but hey, looking at the pictures is cool. I can’t read Estonian or Cambodian, let alone understand it, so I’d be looking at the pictures too if I went to see their blog. This past year 2015 we had visitors from 76 countries. The year before that we had 66. We even had one visitor from North Korea, but then, as we got hacked, I don’t know if we count that as a plus or a minus. Our readership has more than doubled, but as many of our favorite visitors are lurkers, (but nice ones) we don’t have an accurate count of how many people were here. Scads of them, though. More than ‘scads’ actually. One scad equals maybe 100-150 or so, which makes ‘scads’ up in the thousands, even with a conservative count.

Even with all the good stuff 2015 felt like the kind of year you just want to get away from, like that guy who stands too close to you while you’re trying to put your pin number in the ATM.  It was itchy feeling. There was enough bad stuff to satisfy even the folks from Depression Anonymous, but lets not go there. We don’t want that sticking to us as we scoot out the door into 2016.

I want to take some serious time here and say Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of my friends and readers, from home and from all the over the world, and to say may you have a year that fulfills you, allows you to prosper and live free of fear and be as joyful as you allow yourself to be. Because you have the final say over that. Exercise it often as you need to. Peace and Contentment to you all.

Dwight Lutsey

P.S. Come visit us all the time in 2016. Don’t forget, put it in your calendar. “Go visit BigShotsNow today.” See you then.

Announcement !

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It’s that time of year again here at The Institute, Christmas time, when we send out our roving reporters to find out what the flora and fauna are doing over the holidays. This year we find that we don’t have any roving reporters to send out and rove because the reporters we sent roving last year haven’t come back yet. We thought at least a couple of them would make it back and although it’s only been a year, I’m beginning to think we may have lost them. You know what that means. The Director, in the form of yours truly, will have to go in their place and do a job of work.

I know there was a lot of discontent amongst the troops after the Pulitzers were given out this year and we were ignored yet AGAIN! by the establishment press but that’s no reason to not only go AWOL, but to stay that way. That’ s like AWOL and a half, or AWOL². But as they say in show business, damn it to hell those rat bast…, I mean, the Blog must go on, and so it will. It may be a little more disjointed than usual, perhaps some days where there won’t be any posting at all, but one way or the other we’ll try our mediocre best.

Because I’m going to have to go out and actually work that means I won’t be here to wish you all the very Merriest of Christmas’s and the Happiest of New Years. The plan is to be back right after the 1st of the year but that depends on whether or not any trouble happens, and since we don’t seem to be able to walk across the street without trouble happening that may be a crap shoot. But we’ll try.

So again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Sincerely, The Director.