Happy New Year!

Yeah, I’m home this year. I didn’t really feel like going out and doing anything. Ten years ago, New Year’s was the most important night for me – I really felt like a chump if I didn’t have big plans, parties to attend, people to see, etc. Now that I’m old, I don’t really care so much. So, rather than go out, I had a few friends over (Steve, Lorraine, Carla and Kevin) and we just chilled. Carla and Kevin took off early, because they wanted to ring the new year in with Carla’s parents (and they’ve got a painfully early flight back to San Diego tomorrow), and Steve, Lorraine and I sat down to watch the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate. It was an excellent movie. Tremendously well acted and intensely suspenseful. I predicted all the major plot “twists”, and yet I was pretty much enthralled for the whole movie. I don’t know how it compares to the original, but now I’d like to find out.

In other news, pertaining to my last post, I read in this post on William Gibson’s blog that the Canadian government is matching donations to several relief operations that are working from Canada. So I encourage you to chase the link to Mr. Gibson’s blog and donate to one of the listed charities. I donated before I knew this to Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders and was pleased to see that they’re one of the charities for whom the Canadian government is matching donations. The government is only matching donations ’til January the 11th, so please, if you are able, donate soon.