Reflections on being 21!

It's been a good trip around the sun.

I'm madly in love with a wonderful woman, I'm going to a great school where I'm surrounded by caring friends and inspiring professors, and I am lucky to be the son of wonderful parents. I've reached a level of comfort in all my endeavors - like I'm no longer trying to prove myself, but rather trying to improve myself.

That being said, I had a heluva good time yesterday. I went to the Irish pub Cregeen's in North Little Rock with my dad and Jim. The highlight of the night (apart from my first real Guinness) was the Lotus Elise parked on Main street, right outside the pub. What a car - I had to go stand by it and drool for a few minutes before going inside. I've actually had the opportunity to sit in the Elise's tighter, meaner brother, the Exige last summer.

It's been a great year, and I'm looking forward to another. Being a PA has been such great fun, thanks in no small part to Donna and the students. I'm doing research this semester that may have some real impact in our knowledge of the early galaxy, and the way that elements have been formed in the Universe. All around, this semester is looking like it's going to be mad, but rewarding.

I hope that everyone else is having a time this weekend. Enjoy the Super Bowl.