I Wish You Better Luck in 2021


It’s New Year’s Day. It’s time for resolutions and fresh starts. It’s time we all had a better run of luck. I was a baseball player growing up, which means I am superstitious. I know better, but I just can’t help myself.



With that in mind, I want you all to help me with a few things so we can have a great, pandemic-proof, recession-free new year. I wish you good luck in 2021 and I’m going to show you a few simple steps on how to get some better luck. (Don’t worry, you do NOT have to pass this email along to 12 friends — but if you want to I wouldn’t complain).




Rally Caps: If you have a hat, any hat, I want you to turn it inside out and flip it backward. This technique is known as a rally cap. It’s especially helpful in the bottom of the 9th inning when you’re down by 37 runs. Kind of like how I’ve felt for the last 10 months.


Socks: When you’re on a winning streak, it is common not to wash your socks. Let’s face it, folks, the world is on a losing streak. It’s OK to wash your socks. In fact, I’d suggest throwing the old ones out and putting on a new pair you got for Christmas.
Step Over The Line: It’s kind of a version of “step on a crack…” on the sidewalk. If you watch closely, baseball players usually skip over the chalk lines or hop over a foul line for good luck. I suggest you find your nearest baseball diamond and do the same on your morning walk or jog today. Your cooperation is appreciated.


Meal Before The Game: And finally, many of the guys I played ball with ate the same “lucky meal” on game day. Mine was a chicken sandwich with lettuce and mayo. I couldn’t even go to the field without stopping by Hardee’s first.


Since it’s New Year’s day, I hope that you will all join me and eat a BIG plate of Hoppin’ John, a traditional Southern dish that has all your bases covered with lucky New Year’s Day foods — black-eyed peas, ham, and rice. Serve with cornbread and collard greens, just for extra luck.


— Dave


A Few of Our Favorite Events

Festival of Lights at Hermitage Roanoke

1009 Old Country Club Rd NW | Roanoke, VA 24017

December 5 – January 1 | 6 – 9 p.m.

Hermitage Roanoke is inviting everyone to warm up the car, gather the family, and explore thousands of twinkling lights and holiday magic at their inaugural drive-thru Festival of Lights! The upscale senior living community is inviting all Roanoke residents (and visitors) to join them in a new COVID-friendly holiday tradition. This ongoing nightly event is free to the public to attend.


Illumination on the Lawn at Hermitage Richmond

1600 Westwood Ave. | Richmond, VA 23227

December 5 – January 6 | 6 – 9 p.m.

Hermitage Richmond is inviting everyone to enjoy a little physically distanced fun and holiday magic this season. From December 5 until January 6, the grounds at Hermitage Richmond will be transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland display of holiday lights and reindeer. Include your family pets in the festivities! The ongoing event is free to attend and guests are asked to wear masks and practice physical distancing.


Christmas Lights at Compass Mini Golf

100 Entertainment Dr. | Irvington, VA 22480

November 26 – January 1 | 5 p.m. – Close

Gather the entire family and jingle all the way to Compass Entertainment Complex this season! They’ve transformed their Mini Golf course into a winter wonderland — and all proceeds will support various local charities. Questions about this event? Call them at 804-884-4FUN!


CowanGates Memorial Blood Drive

13620 W Salisbury Rd. | Midlothian, VA 23113

February 16 | 2 – 6 p.m.


CowanGates, in partnership with Village Bank, is sponsoring a blood drive at Salisbury Country Club. Bring your mask and donate — giving blood will help save a life. Sign up today!

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“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” – David Bowie