I don’t know about tomorrow, I just live from day to day and I don’t borrow from its sunshine for its skies may turn to gray. And I don’t worry about my future for I know what Jesus said and today He walks beside me for He knows what lies ahead. Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand but I know, who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand.”

“If the world should end tomorrow have you lived your life today” O C Smith

 December 21, 2012 had many predicting that the world would end according to the Mayan calendar; but “here we are on earth together just you and I” celebrating another year of Thanksgiving. Seems like “yesterday” when it was “1999” and we fanatically awaited the new millennium, unsure if the world would end.

Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” Clarence the Angel, It’s a Wonderful Life

“Hang on sloopy, sloopy hang on.” As 2012 closed and 2013 opens, the illustrious members of The Friday Night Bunch want to thank you for hanging in there with us on Friday night, as we moved around the city keeping a Friday night tradition alive for over 30 years.

 “Ask me why we did it, we did it for love” R. Kelley

Whether, we were Uptown or Downtown, Eastside or Westside, the purpose was accomplished, we drank cold beer, tried the newest martini, learned the latest dances, including the wobble, and had a poem to represent special occasions written by our poet laureate. We attended the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte,N.C. and victoriously re-elected President Barack Obama. We attended the Baltimore Grand Prix, played the slots at Maryland Live! Casino’s VIP opening night, we praised the Orioles for their outstanding performance, cursed the Ravens (with love) as we all became “Monday morning quarterbacks” and reinvented the nursery rhyme “hey diddle diddle Ray Rice down the middle”, we bet on “I’ll have another” at Preakness and raised our glasses to another Maryland tradition.

We ate, laughed, ate and laughed as we experimented new restaurants and celebrated when we returned to old familiar haunts while enjoying the land of pleasant living.

“While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” John Taylor

We cried, oh how we cried. We cried at the loss of family, friends, and the death of our friends’ family. Oh how we cried at the death of Whitney, Mike Flanagan, Don Cornelius, Dave Brubeck and Heavy D.

“Look, Daddy. Teacher says every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946

Yes, we cried for the 26 angels “gone too soon” from Newtown, Conn. who earned their wings as we tried to understand “what’s going on.”

“What’s going on” “Mother, mother there’s too many of you crying; brother, brother, brother there’s far too many of you dying” Marvin Gaye

You bring me joy when I’m down you bring me joy, oh so much joy” Anita Baker

We rejoiced at the births of our friend’s children, grandchildren, and our friends grandchildren; we danced at our friends’ weddings and learned how to wobble at their children’s weddings.

 “Somebody prayed for me, had me on their mind, they took the time and prayed for me. I’m so glad they prayed for me.” Donny McClurkin

Oh, how we prayed for the health of the Honorable Nelson Mandela and the daddy of  former President George W Bush, for the recovery of the families devastated by Sandy and we prayed that we would make it through the night and breathed a sigh of relief when Sandy “walked on by.”

 “Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family.  Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.” Paul Pearshall

We prayed for our family and friends when they had a medical procedure and then we drank to their health when the results came back negative.

“Drink drink drink I drank to everybody’s health, darn near ruined my own” Oscar Brown Jr.

Oh did I mention we drank beer, and yes we supported our friends at their lowest point and we celebrated them when they bounced back, “ask us why we did it we did it for love.”

“24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I don’t think so.” Stephen Wright.

Do you remember the Sphinx Club and the owner Charlie Tilghman who at the end of the night as the patrons were leaving would sing “for all we know.”  As we enter 2013 with the promises, dreams and hope that the New Year brings we want to leave this song on your “heart and soul.”

 “For all we know we may never meet again, Before you go make this moment sweet again. We won’t say ‘good night’ until the last minute. I’ll hold out my hand and my heart will be in it. For all we know this may only be a dream, we come and go like a ripple on a stream. So love me tonight; tomorrow was made for some tomorrow may never come for all we know”

 Happy New Year Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch… Until we meet again!