Every so often cartographer and I like to declare a new year in response to a particularly crappy series of events and stresses. 2005(a) was okay and lasted a good chunk of the year. 2005(b) was much shorter, it only lasted about a month as I recall things. 2005(c) on the other hand is shaping up magnificently.
I could go on at length about everything that happened but anyone who was there will know most of it and anyone who wasn't won't be too interested. Suffice it to say that I think everyone had a good time, the weather held off long enough to cook everything, and despite intending to avoid celebration my birthday was groovy. Somewhere along the way I also somehow lost about 2lb. I didn't provide the promised semi nudity thanks to a wifebeater shirt I was wearing under my tee shirt to protect myself from the searing heat of the BBQ but I like to think I was no less impressive. Other things happened but I'll leave it there for the sake of decorum and sparing the (tick as appropriate) privacy/embarassment/feelings of those involved.
So thanks to everyone who turned up and made it cool, we should do it again sometime.