Suppose that back when we first undertook this task someone said to me, “You know, what you’re starting up right now will make you investigate terrorist training camps in rural Virginia, and then travel to Denmark, Brussels, and Austria — all within five years!”
What would have been my response?
I’d have said, “Hey, don’t bogart that thing, gimme a hit off it — whatever it is you’re smokin’, it must be some really good stuff!”
Yes, it’s been a pretty wild five-year roller-coaster ride. Let’s see if we can hang on for another five and make it an even decade.
What will things look like in five more years? Will Barack Hussein Obama still be president?
What will Slotervaart look like by then? Or Malmö?
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How much will we pay for a gallon of gas?
Will there be any gas?
Normally at this point I would thank all our contributors, translators, and tipsters. But the list has gotten huge, and I’m not at home, so I don’t have access to my Magical Vanishing Memory Machine. In my absent-mindedness I’d be sure to leave somebody out.
So I’ll just say thanks to everybody. You all know who you are, anyway.
And wouldn't you know the Nobel Committee would ruin a fine anniversary? What a dark cloud on an otherwise fine day.