In a sad twist of irony, some scientists predict that global warming will actually make the Pacific Northwest even more cold, wet, and gloomy (it's true; my boyfriend heard it on NPR). And since Portlanders' favorite SAD cure-all is booze, your seasonal binges are about to get longer and more intense in the coming years. And, since there's nothing more depressing that a lonely miserable drunk, it's important to remain social in this dreariest of dreary seasons. Get up. Get some pals together. Break out the booze. Play a game. You'll still be able to spend most of the cold months in the semi-conscious stupor that makes the bitter time pass quickly—but it'll be a helluva lot more fun.