The features section of our newspaper is all but going away next week. Thus, after 20 years with the company, my "position" was eliminated yesterday afternoon at 2:30. Unfortunately, knowing I didn't have to get up and go to work this morning didn't have an effect on my inner alarm clock. Fortunately, I'll have all the time in the world to take a nap later. I'm not afraid of the future. In fact, I'm looking forward to it. There are a million ideas and projects on my back burner, waiting to be reignited. Meanwhile, in an email, a good friend asked me how I was feeling. My answer - for lack of a better one - was "very American."