So AMS was fun. For me. I don't know about you. But as usual I got to see old friends, only this time it seemed as if there were more of them, which means I saw fewer papers than I have in the past. I liked the ones I saw (one develops a certain skill in reading abstracts for promising papers), but there wasn't an awful lot of stuff in my line. Some of the jazz and pop people who came to my paper told me they saw almost nothing else all weekend -- there just wasn't a lot of American vernacular culture on offer. Not saying this was done on purpose (who knows what the submissions looked like), it just is what it is. Every year seems to have a distinct lean towards (or away from) some area or other.