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For many reasons—some that you know about, others that you don’t—2014 has been, let’s say, a less than ideal year in the Drum household. So nobody here is bidding 2014 a fond farewell. More like a kick to the curb, with the hope that 2015 can hardly help but be better.

So that’s that. Goodbye 2014. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. And in fairness, it wasn’t all bad, as the photo below shows. This is what our new furballs do to cardboard scratching pads. For 2015, perhaps we’ll buy them a nice fresh one to shred to pieces.

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