To quote U2, all is quiet on New Year's Day. And, let's be honest, New Year's Week.
But for most working stiffs, it's back to the grind next week. That's right: It's time to stow the holiday cheer and start coming to terms with another year of commuting in the Portland metro area.
I'm not the best at making predictions.
We could always turn to "Back to the Future II."
According to that 1989 sequel starring a young Michael J. Fox, we're only a year away from the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series and cars being retrofitted with Mr. Fusion technology that allows them to fly via great highways in the sky.
That's just silly.
I mean, come on, the Cubbies are at least three years from making a legitimate run for their first World Series win since 1908.
Oh, and flying cars? Yeah, that's not going to happen either.
Back to 2014: Let's look into the crystal hub cap and try to make five reliable predictions for commuters in the new year.
1. First, I see Portland's big bike share program rolling. Finally. But I'm not convinced it will be the runaway hit that supporters predict.
In fact, it's already in a bit of trouble.
If you remember, Portland received $2 million from the feds on the condition that the city found a way to pay for half the program. The plan was to sign up a corporate sponsor.
In other cities, that has been fairly easy. In New York, for instance, they have Citi Bike, named after CitiBank.
In Portland, however, potential sponsors haven't exactly been sprinting to City Hall for a chance to put their names on the bike-rental service.
An Oregon Department of Transportation grant application for the second phase of the project indicates that an announcement about sponsor is imminent.
But the bottom line is that Portland Bike Share was supposed to be up and pedaling in Bike City U.S.A. last spring.
Then there are the technology and labor problems that have vexed Alta Bicycle Share, the Portland company founded by former city bicycle program manager Mia Birk — who was employed by City Hall from 1993 to 1999.
Bike sharing will finally arrive (and rumor has it that it will be named after Kaiser Permanente). But when it does come, it could ultimately prove to be a disappointment in a city where so many people already commute with their own bicycles.
What's more, the urban core's high-density and walkability seems to work against someone feeling like they need to rent a bicycle to get around in Portland.
2. Bike share isn't the only hyped-up transportation project running behind schedule.
After months of delays caused by glitches during testing, the Oregon Department of transportation will flip the switch on a series of giant LED screens giving highway motorists estimated times to key locations and interchanges by early March.
You know, just like L.A., Seattle and several other major U.S. cities.
Meanwhile, the plastic will finally come off black-on-yellow variable speed-limit signs on Oregon 217, I-5 and I-405. When lanes get full, the speed downstream will drop to as low as 25 mph to ostensibly help keep traffic flowing.
Coming soon: sensors in Oregon 217's looping, crash-prone interchange with U.S. 26 that will take moisture readings and flash speed advisories to drivers when the pavement is slick.
3. TriMet was a big 'ol Teddy Bear in 2013. A year after Oregon's largest transit agency imposed the biggest fare hike and service cuts in its history, it decided to give riders a break by keeping the cost of a ride steady and announcing a restoration of frequent service.
The board of directors also seems open to increasing transfer times on single-ride tickets.
But TriMet may be just buttering up the public before starting discussions about another increase in fares and higher payroll taxes, which business owners and self-employed workers pay to help keep the trains and buses running.
After all, those budget-crippling health-care, retirement benefit and pension costs didn't go anywhere in 2013. With ridership down and a new light-rail line about to open, don't be surprised if TriMet starts laying track for higher taxes and fares -- and another raise for its executives.