As a number of my friends and colleagues already know, I’ve been out of commission for the past nine days. I underwent surgery eight days ago for a ruptured appendix. A few days thereafter, shortly after I had been discharged from the hospital, I developed a rather significant fever and needed to be readmitted for some additional treatment related to an abscess. I returned home yesterday afternoon and I’m now slowly getting back into the saddle. Trusting that none of you are waiting with bated breath, nevertheless, let this short quip serve as a notice of my intent to post something soon.