OK, so 2005 it is! I'm caught between looking forward to the next year and back at the last. Such a fast year and I expect the next to be even more so. But if things continue as they are, it ought to be a good one. My college roommate, Amanda, came to visit for a couple of days before flying back to the Czech Republic to continue teaching at a university there (not bad for 25, eh?), and we rang in the new year up in Winston-Salem with some good friends (some also from college), a little Napoleon Dynamite, and some blackjack. I've discovered that I'm absolutely terrible at poker strategy, and so long as i'm not playing with real money, I make up for it by egregious amounts of bluffing. Guess I'll have to watch celebrity poker showdown for pointers if I decide to ever try it with actual money...or just stick to scrabble, since I'm killer at that.