It’s hit me. It’s bitterly cold and unpleasant outside and this is the time of year when all those outdoor neighborhood Christmas decorations, which have been battered by time and weather, start to get annoying and you wish they were taken down already. Now that the holidays are over, winter has lost some of its charm and I feel like we’re biding our time waiting for Spring. So maybe it’s the weather. Or maybe it’s because I’ve talked to a few of my friends who’ve been laid off recently and it’s just sounding grim out there as the recession seems to be finally trickling down to our industry. I go through alternating periods of feeling fine and optimistic about the state of things and being really scared for all of us. Mark and I are keeping busy for now, but as independent workers, there’s always that general overhanging fear that work and business will slow down. I think I need to stop reading the news for a while so I can be blissfully unaware of what’s going on, at least for a few days, to shake off the gloom. How is everyone else feeling these days?