OK, actually, it's more like THANK YOU for inspiring me!! They look fantastic! Wooo - one more thing I've always been kind of skeered to make, MADE like a boss!
ETA: MMGODSGOODDD - ok, I finished chewing, Oh my gods, so good!!
Here's the link to Chritter's recipe (which is perfection, seriously): Chritter's Project Breadway, Bagels
And the final word is in, from NYC born & raised Uncle Kim (who was dubious last night, even though he said he wasn't): SCORE. "AuntK, these.. these are amazing."