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January 1, 2017
A Russian friend once shared an observation with me: what cheers Russians up is that the worst in life is yet to come, so today is not so bad. She found that what cheers Americans up is that we have hope that the future will be better, so we can bear the problems of today. It was a casual drunken remark, but I still think about it.

I go back and forth between these different ways of thinking about the future. For 2017 I am leaning towards "It can only get worse, so I'm going to enjoy my day off."