Anyway, this year's Mercury "Employee of the Year" is no other than our own arts editor/web sheriff Alison Hallett who has just done a bang-up job this year editing the best, and most accessible arts section in town as well as deftly managing our website/social media—which is a goddamn can of snapping worms, if you ask me. Also, Alison's one of the smartest writers I know, has a real passion for reporting and supporting Portland's art and culture scene, and has almost endless patience with the nearly daily parade of spoiled, entitled crybabies. (Something, as you can tell, I need to work on.) Thanks for doing such a great job this year, Alison. And I'm being sincere when I say this: You're a goddamn champ.