which is the reason I am wearing a pink coat in this photo. Well, actually it’s the reason I posted the photo of me wearing a pink coat. These are horrible times, the whole world—American economy leading the way—has officially gone to hell in a handbasket. Last New Year’s Day, however, my friend since 1991, Brian, was in for his annual trip to Beantown to visit old grad school pals and enjoy first night festivities and Boston’s sights. We were freezing our butts off, but that didn’t stop us from going to Mike’s (in the historic North End of Boston, Massachusetts) for delicious Italian cookies. In times like these, I look at this photo, and it makes me happy and hopeful, and grateful for good friends and good health.