Before we begin tonight’s celebrations, let me pause for a few minutes to wish all, and especially readers of this blog, a happy and productive 2013.
I take as my motto (no resolutions) that one should never look back; so no reflections on 2012 blogging.
Looking forward to 2013, I make no predictions, and express only a few faint hopes, including:
The forward march to production of those mines in the right place and which are doing things right.
An end to the play of mines in the wrong places that can only bring loss and negative impact to too many.
Successful conferences to those that choose to organize and go.
Increased attendance to the courses on EduMine where all can learn and expand their skills at a fraction of the cost of a conference.
Many more controversial blog postings here and on the many other blogs that deal with mining–support them by reading and commenting.
Great opera performances and opinions thereon.
Rising stock prices and interest on all our savings–if only.
Good weather to take more long bike rides, lose a few pounds and tone the muscles.
Fewer long flights even in business class–except for the fact that that may translate into lesser income–the compromises we live!
More difficult consulting assignments where there are no obvious answers and careful deliberation is needed.
More friends to dinner with more wine and good food.
More family visits and getting to know the grandkids better as the get older and smarter.
And all the other things you may wish for yourself and friends and family.