Welcome to 2013. I hope your new year is going well, and it is filled with a pleasant mix of stable plentitude and exciting surprises.
A few tidbits:
1) Gurdy the Cat is doing well, thanks for asking, after his first and last adventure outside. He escaped out of the broken screen door, which is now fixed and should no longer allow him to wander into the clutches of evil lurking beasts. Although he hasn't even tried to get out there again, so I'm not worried. He prefers to stay on his favorite step, and occastionaly chase the red laser dot while running along my furniture Parkour-style and looking like a total boss.
2) Alas, the same cannot be said for the wonderful man who lived in my building. He recently moved out of his apartment and into an assisted-living facility, where he will presumably live out the last of his days dealing with his progression of Parkinson's Disease. I chatted with him last week when he came by to see a friend, and his eyes seemed to move in different directions from each other. Looking back on his life, he said his biggest regret: not owning a home. All these years living his life, and he threw away money on rent. At least he didn't say he regret not paying attention to his friends, because there is nothing sadder than that.
3) What's your New Year's resolution? Mine is to focus ! Stop with all the distractions, Dan! Not so much time-wasting. For instance, I deleted my Yelp account--this linked story is a few years old, but the same situation just happend to a friend of mine, with them posting only negative reviews of his restaurant but saying he could have the positive reviews appear if he paid them money. Yelp is over. I am going to nursing school; I don't need to waste time writing free reviews just to help Yelp make millions of dollars.
4) I have a new pet. His name is Simon, and he is an endangered sea turtle.
His name isn't actually Simon; and he isn't mine, as sea turtles are endangered so even touching one is illegal. But I met him at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon Key, which is where I tool this photo, and we got along really well. So he's mine now in my own little world. Simon told me he is excited to be returned to the ocean now that his injured flipper is fixed, but he doesn't want to go back before he gets a chance to watch all of Season 3 of "Downton Abbey."