It's been quite a year, but as we ring out 2017 and get ready to celebrate the arrival of the 2018 model, my granddaughter Stasia has one resolution: to stay up until midnight to watch the ball drop. Groan... that means we, the Old Geezer and Geezerette, have to stay up as well. To build up her stamina, Stasia wisely engaged in a round of carb-loading, which was accomplished with the accompanying impish grin. This said to me, "It'll be OK... this is the reason to stick around." It was also the reason to remain conscious until 12. So long, old year... time to ring in the new... if I can only stay awake.