I understand that this will be one of the coldest New Year's celebrations for many a year and the first this century. As I look out at the blue skies, the sun and the heat, nothing persuades me to entertain a celebration at home when I can make my resolutions in a warmer and sunnier clime. That was my resolution a few years ago and I have managed to achieve this for a number of years.
My chosen venue this year is Miami South Beach, a set of mangrove swamps transformed by human capability and property bubbles into a charming city with the widest disparity in income within the United States. Does this matter? Not really. Inequality only matters if it is permanent and there is no way for those at the bottom to aspire. As we know, only socialists pull the ladder away .
I wish any readers who pass by an auspicious 2009, and remember like is harder, faster, better and more exciting the further we explore this new century. The darker the clouds, the better the silver lining.