Noise makers proclaim the start of a New Year! Poppers spead confetti into the air. Happy New Year! As I look outside to the Northern California air, it is pretty clear skies, warmer than usual. Sitting here, sipping coffee, I have high hopes for the New Year. It will be better than last which is a tall order. So many fond memories of last year; engaged to my sweetie Erika, went to Yosemite; went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, went to Truckee, and was in Shrek the musical.