Writing and Other Afflictions

"If it was easy, everyone would do it." –Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own"

New Year, Fresh Start

The vacation really helped. I woke up this morning thinking about the projects I wrote out to accomplish this year and immediately had a pretty good insight into one of them. I did make some resolutions about this year, but you can pretty well guess what they are generically, so I won’t bore you with them.

We had a good holiday, going to extremes of nature in Colorado and of “civilization” in Las Vegas. There was skiing and shopping and eating and drinking and family and lots of enjoyment of life. Vegas in particular is a great place to people-watch. Everyone has a story, but it seems like in Vegas we wear our stories much more visibly. Either that, or there are just more people around and so there are more with really interesting stories. Plus, you couldn’t ask for a more stimulating setting. Looking for the guy spinning slots for his ten-year-old daughter? The drunk guy on his one vacation of the year yelling at the craps table? The wedding party, the school vacation, the girls who are having a girls’ weekend out? Just sit by a bar and watch for an hour or two.

I’m looking forward to a productive 2008–may we all make good on our resolutions, whatever they are.

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