Arrived on the 30th badly needing a shower and very, very jet-lagged. I learned to never, never try to connect through Denver in the winter. We spent an extra day in Germany due to weather downrange. Arlene and the kids were visiting her sister in Italy for the holidays, so I was unable to see them. Agonizingly close to home. Probably for the best that I didn't go by there as an empty house is worse than being on the road. That, and I forgot my key.
Went up on a flight the day after we arrived and went in country twice. All went fine. One guy saw some tracer fire way off in the distance--probably someone celebrating the new year. As normal a flight as you can have in that part of the world I suppose.
All is well. I want to wish all my friends and their families a Happy New Year.