As is the fashion, I’ve spent quite a lot of my time here reconnecting with old friends, including two important ones: Günter, my best friend from middle school, and Daniel, my best friend from high school and college roommate. (I need to stay in touch better.) I also ran into my now-retired high school chemistry teacher by accident. In a few hours I’ll be off to Christmas lunch to visit with the family. It’s been a pleasant trip, but as always, it will be a great feeling to make it back to my apartment, and just have a few days off to myself before heading back into work.