Back. Not yet in the groove, but back.

We just returned home after an eight hour journey up I-5.  Whew!  It wasn’t too terrible, though, despite the long drive.  We didn’t get stuck on the Grapevine, where a storm was brewing; the car performed perfectly; no one got sick; we had no scary traffic moments; and the kids watched the old Dick Van Dyke show, which is fun to hear, even if you can’t see what’s going on.

Barring a few glances here and there, I pretty much stayed away from the news for the whole five day weekend.  It seemed important to me to focus on family and take a break from my news obsession.  I returned as obsessed as ever but definitely feeling mentally refreshed.

I’m getting the house ready now for re-entry into normal life, and I’m assiduously avoiding the news now too.  Tomorrow morning is soon enough to break away from the Thanksgiving spirit and become acquainted again with all the ickies out there (including the Wikileaks garbage).

Until I get up and running, please feel free to treat this as an Open Thread.  Or better yet, if you haven’t already done so, enjoy reading the wonderful posts that DQ and Danny did.  I can’t thank them enough for taking the time and energy to make such thoughtful, erudite and enjoyable contributions to this blog while I was away, dining decadently on delicious turkey and other beautifully prepared Thanksgiving viands.

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  • Earl

    Have a gander at the parody post that Zombie has up…..Pelosi’s San Francisco.
    As someone born (second generation native) in the City who still has warm feelings for the place, this is just sad.

  • BrianE

    I used to go to school in LA, and would make the drive from here in WA state in one long slog (record was 19 hours). It was always depressing to get to Sacramento and know I still had nearly half the trip ahead.

    Your blog has had vigorous traffic during your absence. DQ kept it lively with talk of God and Reagan. You only need to add a post about SSM to hit the trifecta. (I don’t know what that means, but it sounds cool).


    Bookworm…Welcome Home.
    The earth is still rotating on its axis.
    No one at this point should own or be eating leftovers.
    And Congress is making its re-entry into anything but a normal life.

  • BrianE

    I started taking some drug that is supposed to support memory.

    It’s working! I’m having lots of memories.

    My only concern is I’m not sure they’re mine.

  • suek