And this message is a recording, as I'm on the early-early shift. It should be the last one for awhile.
The early shift meant an early bedtime, long before midnight. I did wake up briefly around 10:45 p.m., to the sound of fireworks and possibly small-arms fire: people may have been in a hurry to see the last of 2016. Me, I'm not so sure -- years bring what they bring; the wheel turns and the world spins on.
By the time you read this, I will have - knock wood! -- made my way though a sleeping city to work, in the dark before the dawn of a whole new year.
Welcome to 2017.
5 months ago