This has really been quite a difficult year for me personally; financially things were tight (and will probably continue to be tighter than looser for the time being), there was the lingering death of my mother, and difficulties elsewhere, but still there were great things about it.
I'll never forget my now-23 year old favorite niece talking to me as were were being driven along near Dandong, when she noted a guy skinny-dipping in the Yalu river, and noted that she was seeing the largest genitalia she had ever seen "so close to North Korea." We had the best meals we ever had so close to North Korea.
I have a wonderful family, both immediate and extended, and it is gratifying to see them come together like that.
There's special sitting I'd like to do on New Year's Eve, but it won't be around midnight, because we will have friends over.
So it will be on New Year's day.
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