Amazing that year 24 went by so rapidly… So much has changed. I’ve lost and gained family, made many new observations and had many new experiences at work, traveled to some new places in the US, lost and gained friends (well, I guess I never really lose friends, but some do become distant over time… frequency and quality of interaction is really what I’ve lost). I think that I’ve become more critical of the world in the past year. I don’t expect as much of the world and that bothers me because I used to have so much more optimism. I’m hoping that 25 will see much of that lost optimism regained. My birthday today gave me a boost; friends and family shared their wishes for another fantastic year. I’m looking forward to it… the next quarter century is now underway.