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Tanned, rested, and (almost) ready

Well, the wife and I just returned from a one-week trip to sunny Jamaica, and now we're back in this hell-hole! I'm slowly in the process of getting my act back together, but I get the feeling that I've got a lot of catching up to do. During the past week, I had absolutely no access to or interaction with the internet, a television, a radio, a telephone, or even a newspaper. I have to admit, it was kind of nice. It would seem, however, that I've missed a busy week and have quite a backlog to plow through.

Jamaica was very nice. The swimming, the snorkeling and the diving were all excellent, as was the food. (Jerk chicken kicks ass! Ackee, saltfish and bammy kick ass! Ital stew kicks ass!) The only real downer note of the whole trip was on our first full day there, when I stepped on a sea urchin, and some of the quills broke off and embedded themselves in my foot. We don't really have anything like sea urchins in New York City, but they're kind of like large, obnoxious, aquatic sandspurs, the bane of my boyhood existence in Waycross, Georgia. I won't go into specifics concerning the nature of the "cure" proffered to me by the locals, except to say that at first I suspected them of having me on (a cool joke on the Yankee tourist!). But by God, it seemed to work! By the very next day I was hopping around as if nothing had happened.

So now it's back to the grind. This post is to let both my loyal readers know that I'm back in one piece, and ready for action. It may be another day or so before I can comment intelligently on world events, however (insert sarcastic comment here).