Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Well, you may pelt me with walnut shells and corks if you wish, but Ol’ Non-Essential Robbo finally went back to work today after Uncle’s imposed vacation.

It was genuinely strange to leave at my usual time this evening, six weeks or so after the winter solstice, and see how much lighter out it was.  I always enjoy that point after New Year’s when I first start noticing the lengthening days because it gives me a sense of hope that what I’ve always called “The Time of the Mole People” is almost over.  Usually this is a gradual thing, of course.  Getting it all at once is a bit discombobulating.

But I’m not complaining.

Another advantage is that I now have a 50-50 chance of actually spotting the dumb kids in the crosswalks at George Washington University.  These crosswalks are pretty poorly lit, which is to say basically not at all, and said dumb kids usually don’t even bother to look up before starting across.  [Ed. – Is that an advantage because it makes it easier for you to miss them or because it improves your aim?]  Wouldn’t you just like to know, now?