Looking back at my first post, I laugh about what a stuffy-pants I can be. When assigned to write our blogs, the only parameters were to save political campaigning for happy hour, to not divulge sensitive matters of national security (as if anyone would ever trust us with any!) and to, in general, try not to embarrass AAPD or the people we work for. In other words, we can write about ANYTHING WE WANT TO. And what do I do? I start writing a lovely, boring expositional piece, explaining the AAPD program, identifying its essential elements, arguing why they are essential… Blah blah blah. It's not that my words were not sincere, but what I really wanted to write about were my new friends. However, the intense, university-trained taskmaster (think Prof. Snape) who reigns in my right brain thinks that I can only do so if I use an evidence-based argument to demonstrate why my peers are an essential element of a larger phenomenon of interest. Ugh! Someone, please go get Elton John to slap me in the face with a big, loud, sequined piece of fun.