Well, the time has come to return home (to the land of the painfully slow dial-up connection), and therefore this blog will be laid to rest for this year. Don't fret, though, as the ressurected corpse of this blog will rise next year, feeding on the brains of other blogs, and generally making itself a nuisance.
On parting shot, though: On the front page of yesterday's New York Times Arts Section was an interesting piece on last night's Barbara Walters special on the afterlife. "...Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf...quarrels only with the widespread misconception that Islamic martyrs get 72 virgins. Seventy-two, he says, is the Arabic expression for 'countless.'"
I like the concept of counting to seventy-two and then giving up. You think my local Porsche dealership will accept "countless" dollars for one of their cars?
The funny part is, we inherited our numerical system (we work in arabic numerals) from people who thought seventy-two was countless.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.