After a day and evening of unpleasantnesses, the less said about the better, I finally ended 2008 at a party to which I am invited each year. There was plenty of food and noise and interesting conversations. I made sketches, the way other people knit, just to have something to do with my hands. All of the people there are fantasy and science fiction fans, my tribe. It's 2009. I've made it through into another year.