Hi Gang! He's Baa-ack!! ;-) [Well, mostly anyway - still a bit of a shadow of his former self at this point. Better looking naturally, but considerably lighter and much lower energy than before.] Wow. Rather disruptive few weeks for me here. Thanks much for the well wishes!! I'll catch back up on my grog allotments when the grog warden allows. Well, I took a day off last month to go in for my annual spring cleaning. (It's an 'old guy' thing. Note for future reference: Shop around for a petite doc with slender fingers! You can thank me later.) Anyway, a nasty little surprise turned up this go-round. They found a tiny spot of colon cancer! (I distinctly remember trying to argue with them that the name on my chart shouldn't say 'Sharon Osborne' but for some reason they just weren't listening to me.) Since I was already in the hospital we brought in an old oriental guy with a big knife (I think they found him at the sushi bar down the road, but I'm not sure) and let him play Samurai Champloo with my insides for a few hours. The good news is that my luck is as fabulous as it ever was. ;-) All the stars were aligned; couldn't have been smaller, couldn't have been more localized, couldn't have been less intrusive, couldn't have been detected earlier ... I lit up all the 'good' signs in an otherwise ominous sounding situation. No need for chemo. No need for radiation. Net-net once I get my appetite back, put on a few pounds, and start sleeping better ... I should be as good as any other refurbished unit on the shelf! ;-) The downside, of course, is that this pretty much stuffs my plans for learning to wakeboard this summer! Oh Bother! ;-( That fashionable guy with the new, extra large, 'C section' scar, RonL.