My students think it would be a good idea if I met a nice girl and socialized, thus reducing the amount of homework I assign. (It's difficult to argue with their logic.) So ... where to go from here? In "High Fidelity," DJ Rob Gordon opined, "What really matters is what you like, not what you are like. Books, records, films, these things matter." I agree all too well with this viewpoint. I enjoy hockey games (I am a former Detroiter ... "Go Wings!"), dancing, dining out, bowling, movies (Monty Python, Mel Brooks and Star Wars, among others), working out (Planet Fitness, yay!) firing up the barbeque, spending quality time with family and friends, and an ecelctic variety of music (with Tom Petty at the top of the list), Islands of Adventure/Disney, watching "Law & Order" on TNT and True Blood on HBO, and devising creative ways for Israelis to get along with Palestinians, Indians to get along with Pakistanis, North and South Korea to reunite, and to resolve the fiscal cliff.