To all of you, thank you.. This past year has had some serious ups and downs -- a large number of family health scares and crises*, serious work stress for both me and Dave, and a lot of other crap. I haven't mentioned it here (or in chats, or whatever) because this was my outlet -- this was my place where everything was normal and social interactions rose and fell on their own merits. I'm shy, and usually when the shit hits the fan I withdraw, and it's not healthy. This year, I didn't, both here and in person. And that's because you people were kind, and welcoming,
and all the things I expect from humanity as a whole but often despair of seeing in person.
The longest night of the winter is past, and I feel more ready to face the spring** than I have in a long time. Thank you.
* All of which are now resolved and everyone is okay.
** Well, hopefully we'll get some nice snow first. But you know what I mean.