Usually, my wife and I don't celebrate New Year's. Not out of objection, but simply exhaustion. We host large family dinner parties for Thanksgiving and Christmas, which involves family and relatives staying with us for several days, trips to and from the airports, extra meal preparations, and entertaining. By the arrival of New Year's eve, our guests have left and we are ready for a rest. This year is not different; but friends invited us to a New Year's eve dinner we couldn't resist. Despite all our concern about personal and family problems this fall and winter and wariness about the economy's tribulations, which affect our planning, we look forward to a good year. So, removing the shroud of doubt for a moment, we wish everyone a happy new year!
Ready to steam into the new year!
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The "Durbin Rocket", an early twentieth century logging locomotive used in mountainous forests of West Virginia.