Well, fellow Adventurers, welcome to what is predicted to be the worst day of the year (emotionally, anyway). Psychologists at Cardiff University in Whales have developed a formula for measuring emotional high and low points throughout the year (based on both personal and seasonal factors), and January 23 is supposed to be this year's biggest stinker. Lack of daylight, the accumulation of holiday debts, a lack of holidays to look forward to, and a lack of social interaction (often brought about by way of inclement weather) tend to make people feel gloomier this time of year. Of course, in Texas we have the vicious wrath of cedar pollen and other allergies to add to our woes.
I don't know if this prediction is accurate, but there does seem to be some kind of general blueness that kind of dominates the emotional spectrum this time of year.
So fight it, kids! Invite people over! Go out on the town! Plan something fun so you'll have something to look forward to! Plan on taking a day off at some point for a midwinter holiday! Don't give in to the winter blah.
Not too much other news to report. Steanso did a lot of rocking this weekend (including playing at party with Mono E) , so he's tired today. Hope everyone is doing alright. In a closing note, I saw "Hot" Karl Rove on TV this weekend arguing that this new Osama bin Laden tape is proof that the Republicans are right and the Democrats are wrong and that only conservative leadership can bring us through this time of danger and instability. My answer to that? Conservatives have already been running the country for the last 6 years, and despite the torture, The Patriot Act, the wiretaps, the secret prisons, and our endless war, we still haven't gotten Bin Laden and he's still out there planning his next big screw job for the U.S. In fact, I would argue that this administration is making it harder for us to catch the man (thereby making our country less safe), because all of our crappy foreign policy has resulted in a world in which no one wants to help us. In Pakistan, public sentiment continues to lean further and further toward sympathizing with al-Qaida as the U.S. blows up more and more stuff in the Muslim world.
Anyway, gotta stay positive. After all, it's January 23rd.....