Just so you all know, the following is a spontaneous and noticeably endothermic reaction:
Now that we have that out of the way... my apologies for not mentioning a single thing about NSB, USAMO, or ARML before those things happened. ARML needed an announcement, since I stayed behind for graduation. That meant I couldn't have been present for Friday's dinner, which seems to be turning into something of a traditional Mathcamp gathering.
Graduation was sort of fun; I find ceremonies to be incredibly boring, but the peer pressure to attend just couldn't be fought. At one point I noticed somebody who seemed to be wearing a Möbius band for a stole, but couldn't be sure because I only saw him from the back. Möbius bands would be so much more appropriate for Mu Alpha Theta people than mere honor cords.
The yearbook arrived a couple of weeks ago. I was disappointed (but not surprised) to discover that their cropping and resizing of pictures had ruined the autostereogram in my photo. Oh, well. At least the text I wrote to go with my entry came through unharmed:
For the record, it's hard to write parting words so early in the year. Let's start with "life's been good". Ugly things sometimes happened, but there's no need to dwell on those. Four years will soon have gone since this began, and many more may pass before some of us meet again. Feel free to wave to me if we do meet. I'll wave back if you get my attention. Even if it isn't me, think of waving. Such trivial gestures can still make people smile.