I hadn't really considered this, but I realized that recently just about every day, someone I don't know is inclined to start up a conversation with me. This happens pretty much anywhere: a sports event, the grocery store, or anywhere really. I live in a small town where people usually keep to themselves and people they've known for quite a while, which makes this even more unusual. Do you think that perhaps we are in an era of unusual optimism? Is it because it's a new year? There is definitely something going on.