- I thank the wonderful people who have enough faith in my knowledge and experience to pay to read what I have to say. (And those who appreciate my sense of humor.)
- I also thank my wonderful wife who doesn't complain when I'm at the computer at (like now) 1:30 in the morning, instead of in bed next to her. Marilyn says she'd rather share me with a computer than with another woman. Besides, when I'm out of the bed, she sleeps with my furry substitute -- Hunter, our golden retriever.
If you wonder what will happen if you write a book, try it.
Or, as the folks at Nike say,
Spending New Years Eve at your keyboard will be much better than being in the hospital because some drunken fool smashed into your car.
For today, for tonight, and forever, I say this: Be safe. Be productive. Have fun. Do the right thing. Don't be afraid to piss people off. What you think of yourself is more important than what others think of you. Write to please yourself. It's nice if your words cause others to smile, say "thanks" and pay money; but self-satisfaction is more important. Not everyone has to "get" you. Even a small happy audience can be satisfying. Don't leave the keyboard until you're staisfied with what you've written, because you never know what will be your last words.