Happy new year everyone! Deborah and I are at the Vancouver airport, sipping our last glass of Pale Ale at the Milestones bar next to our departure gate. In one hour we will be in the air on our way to Mexico City. We ended the day yesterday quite exhausted — the past two weeks have been a blur of frantic activity as we struggled to disconnect ourselves from work and personal life in Canada. That included getting a lot of work done and training our replacements, dealing with repairs to our car (it’s still at the autobody as we speak), attending to health issues, unsubscribing from everything (it took four calls and several hours on hold to finally reach someone at Shaw to disconnect the cable), packing up everything we own (our entire material life now fills a 6 x 10 x 10 foot locker on Mitchell Island), and saying our goodbyes to family and friends — sorry we didn’t see everyone but our love and best wishes go out to one and all.