I went ahead and marked off 2007, even though it's only April.
Waiting until December to close out another year is starting to feel a little too literal.
It's probably not too early to mark off 2008, too.
I just returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., four days entirely spent between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, and you could never tell we were a "Nation at War", as the saying goes. No sign of a war anywhere but at airport security.
People who aren't making any sacrifice are just as disconnected there in D.C. as they are in Portland and in Salem.