January has never felt like the right month for the year to start. It doesn’t have the back-to-school excitement of fall; it doesn’t have the everything-is-growing excitement of spring. In fact, January rarely has much excitement at all. More than any other place I’ve lived, the Puget Sound area goes into hibernation.
2009 feels different, though. On one hand, there’s an absolutely loopy degree of excitement, best illustrated by the flag-waving, national anthem-singing celebration that happened in my neighborhood on election night. (The anthem was led by a drag queen; the flag wavers took over several major intersections and passed around bottles of Champagne.) On the other hand, more than one friend has gotten a layoff notice recently.