Welcome to 2004!

Happy New Year everyone, may 2004 bring success and happiness to you. Thankfully, New Years Eve came and went without a major terrorist attack anywhere in the world. While I’m sure the U.S.A. isn’t out of the woods yet, the various government agencies seem to doing a good job of working together in obtaining and analyzing the massive amounts of intelligence information out there. In addition, the longer we can keep luring terrorists into Iraq to fight our professional military, the better: Our troops are much more prepared and better equipped to fight the jihadists than we are on American streets.

Casey and I had a low-key, but fun New Years Eve. We first had dinner with friends at the Green Mill and later watched Hitchcock’s Psycho for the first time. I had, of course, seen the infamous shower scene before, but seeing the whole movie was well worth it. Hitchcock is an excellent story teller, using the black and white film and strings only soundtrack to great effect. One thing that suprised me was how early in the movie the female lead was killed off. Most modern thriller movies wouldn’t have the guts to do something like that.

I finally got to see The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Tuesday night. It was an amazing finish to an amazing trilogy. Compared to the other major trilogy finale of the year, RotK really delivered a solid and satisfying conclusion. Now if I can only find time to finishing reading the books!