Catching Up

So, like the new digs? Through the generous offices of someone who for whatever reason would like not to be voluminously praised, I got a new design and some restored motivation to post more than once a month. I'm sure, though, if you're a little observant you can figure out who he is. Thanks, XXXX!

Where have I been, you ask? Let me 'splain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

Work during the fall was nearly overwhelming, as a couple of local bloggers who were helping me out can attest, and then in late December, Vicky became ill again. I'm not going to go into details, but for those who remember what she went through last year, let it suffice to say that this is much more serious, and not a little bit frightening for both of us. On the upside, they may have found the underlying cause for the nerve damage she suffered last January. On the downside, other more serious conditions developed before they ran the tests that would identify it. She, at least, is home and not stuck in the hospital, but it isn't much fun, and the treatment and testing continue without pause. We were really looking forward to leaving 2006 behind us, but the medical nightmare had other plans.

I have, during my absence, realized yet again what a good outlet the blog can be, so barring a piano falling from the sky and crushing me (which doesn't seem that unlikely anymore) I'll be here to be as unenlightening and entertaining as always.

Over the Barrel

You know, it's a really good thing that we decided to lessen our dependence on foreign oil by ratcheting up domestice production. Otherwise, this BP shutdown could really drive up gas prices. And, undoubtedly, women and minorities would be hit hardest.

Oh wait, we didn't? Well, at least when I'm spending $90 to fill up my 12.5 gallon tank I'll have the satisfaction of knowing that the caribou are happily frolicking amongst the daisies with no fear of smudging their fur on an evil, dirty pipeline. Besides, most of the major oil producing nations are stable utopias that would never wish us harm, right? Oh, crap. Never mind.