So quickly up, so quickly down. And totally surreal since I've been in this sick daze that has had me KO'd since Friday. But it's only the first week of January still, and the decorations are packed away and the City of Tacoma Solid Waste crew just yoinked my tree from the where it was laid in the street. Bye bye tree ... so long, farewell, and all of that. Time for a new year. And despite this cold, I'm still optimistic it's going to be a better New Year ... ready or not, 2008, here I come.