Welcome to 2021! What a glorious time to (still) be alive … The horrid universal dumpster fire that was 2020 has finally passed into history, leaving us free to defeat the global pandemic, get everyone back to work, rebuild our economies, reconnect with distant friends and family, and consume a backlog of blockbuster movies. Everything will get better now, just you wait! That’s all I’ve been hearing throughout the run up to New Years. It’s all downhill from here.

Except … that’s not how anything works. It’s what most people want to happen, sure, me included. I’ll be the first to stand up and admit that I’d really like to go out in public again without the fear of being murdered by a passing deranged stranger who doesn’t comprehend germ theory or how masks work. If we can reach that point before this time next year, it’ll be awesome, and I’ll join everyone in celebrating. The keyword there is “if.” If we can reach that point. We still have some daunting challenges to work out.