The holidays were absolutely lovely; Grace and I got to spend a lot of time with my friends, who are quickly becoming her friends as well. And that’s a wonderful thing; there is very little in the world more rewarding to me than when two people I like meet and become friends with each other. We’ve spent nearly every day visiting, attending small parties, going to dinner with people, getting high and otherwise celebrating, and even though I need to put her on a plane tomorrow I don’t feel that same sense of profound sadness that I did last year at this time. That’s because I’m committed to our plan that will allow us to see a lot more of each other in the coming year than we have in the past two; I have a really good feeling about it, and I’ll let you know more as it unfolds.
Of course, the holidays weren’t all fun and debauchery; I worked a good deal as well (including catering to a gentleman’s librarian fantasy, as you can see in the picture), and I’ll be leaving for my tour a week from today. My San Francisco calendar is pretty full up, but I may be able to fit one more appointment in if you’re flexible; I still have pretty good availability in most of the other stops except Phoenix, so if you want to see me (and especially if you want to take advantage of the special) you need to contact me by this weekend at the latest. I’m thinking about rerouting my return trip to stop in Salt Lake City instead of Denver; whichever of those cities books an appointment first will win the stop! Last but not least, thank you so much to Celos for sending me the Universal classic monster movie collection! If anyone else wants to send a late Christmas present from my wishlist, I promise I’ll overlook its tardiness.