Delusion of grandeur. -- The final talk of the year is behind me. And the series ended on a high note: it's not every day that more than 200 people show up for a lecture of yours truly. The tickling of my vanity gave me exactly the boost of energy and adrenalin that I needed (and made up for the four Christmas parties I was missing back in Vienna). And my hosts -- Katia Saporiti, Joachim Schulte and others -- were a lovely bunch of people.