Well, I'm back. I've been taking a long break from E2, in part to refresh myself and in part because I wasn't sure that I had anything more to contribute to the site. It doesn't really provide an outlet for my more creative works; and for a time that bothered me. I've managed to provide my own location for that now, so I'll be noding more often.
I've also just returned from vacation. My wife and I went backpacking in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area. It was a great deal of fun, even though the dominant form of life for the first half of the trail was the mosquito. As soon as the Bug Repellent wore off there were 5 or more of the foul, bloodsucking insects. But it was fun. After we finished the trail we hung out in Denver for a while.