It comes and goes so fast, and after all of the pomp of the holidays, taking down the Christmas decorations only emphasizes how bland January generally feels. There's a new year upon us, but keeping that surge of optimism alive for more than a couple of weeks is difficult as everything returns to normal. It's not that things are so bad either, it's just sad to see all of that celebrating come to an end. I suppose that's what keeps it special. For now, back to reality.