Well, I watched approximately five minutes of television. I must admit to being taken aback by Dick Clark's voice and appearance. But, having read in the tabloids that he was near death on many occasions recently, I will also say that it made me feel good to see him, however briefly, and hear him say the stupid shit he said for so many years prior to his recent health troubles. The countdown felt hollow without him last year. Anyway, I wish all of you a hearty, "Happy New Year!" I'm lifting my cream soda in solitary salute.