Opening Act: Christmas

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Dec. 23 2011 8:12 AM

Opening Act: Christmas

I'm traveling part of the day and finishing up my end-of-year rundown of old predictions, to see what I got wrong, so blogging will happen at a slower pace. Plus, you should be heading home to be with family, or at least drinking (and staying off the road) to block out bad holiday memories.

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