New Year’s Day


2004 ends on a sad note, with an incredibly huge “natural disaster”:http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/12/31/asia.quake/index.html (please “help”:http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/12/28/tsunami.aidsites/) and a smaller but tragic still “man-made disaster.”:http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/americas/12/31/argentina.fire.ap/index.html Tomorrow might just be another day, but it begins another year, and we can choose to renew our hope and promise for a better life next year.

As for me, well since the birth of my daughter I don’t stay up any more, much less ring in the new year with champagne. (I did spend one new year about 10 years ago reading _Queen of the Damned_ and listing to _Optical Race_.) However, I do end this year on a heavily contemplative note. I’m not yet sure what, but some things are going to change in 2005.

I wish you a happy new year.

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