For a good while now, I suppose at least six months, I've been away from not only this blog, but also Facebook, and even personal email. It is not that I decided to cut down or draw back from Internet usage, though I respect those who have made such decisions. On the whole, Americans have become too disconnected from the real world. This, however, was not a decision of that sort. The reason I have been away is simpler and less philosophical, though it will be hard for some to understand. Namely, I have been kept from it by lack of time & energy. Beginning, I suppose, around the start of the summer busy season at the brewery this year, my days have been dedicated to long hours at work, which is not to complain about my work, just to share with you what's been going on with me, ie., not much besides shipping and invoicing beer.
I'm trying, finally, to get back to interaction with my friends on the Internet and my activity here, etc., which is helped by the fact that my boss convinced me to take some vacation time. It feels weird to be away from my job. Suddenly, about half of Springsteen's oeuvre doesn't apply to me. You know, all those songs about a guy who's been working all week, or who's late for work, or who's getting off work, etc. The first few days of my vacation were consumed with Christmas activities and so forth. Now, I seem to have come down with a cold-almost of a type bad enough that I would not want to be at work if I were not on vacation. So I suppose it's a good thing I'm on vacation. So, while I'm in no condition for social interaction, these next few days of my vacation should enable me to spend some overdue time in my study, getting some good reading, maybe a bit of writing, and hopefully even making an appearance on Facebook. I was actually thinking of getting back onto Facebook first, then posting something here, but I couldn't think of my password, so I created a new one, and updated some other information, and as a consequence, Facebook is requiring me to wait 24 hrs to log in.
So for now, I'll let this serve as my notice that I am back online, and my request that you forgive any failure to respond to anyone in any Internet format: Facebook, blog comment, email, whatever. I was not consciously ignoring you. Rather, I was literally ignorant of all activity in this realm, and so was not here to respond, let alone correspond. It's certainly not that I didn't have anything to say. Perhaps I'll finally get back to sharing some of those things here.
And now, I wish to give you a little treat on this the Sixth Day of Christmas. And I dedicate it in particular to my sister, Fatime. (Please note that Fatime's name is spelled in the Albanian manner, but is pronounced the same as in the following Youtube video.) On Sunday mornings, as I drive out to the edge of town to pick up my nephew for Mass, sometimes I say a psalm to myself, other times I have a CD playing, sometimes I have NPR on the radio (WUWM 89.7 FM), sometimes I listen to the Catholics (Relevant Radio 100.1 FM), sometimes I check Radio Milwaukee (88.9 FM), and sometimes I turn the dial to WMSE (91.7 FM). One of the things you will hear on MSE on Sunday morning is Frontier Radio Theatre, which plays old radio shows, and once in a while the show played in that time slot is an episode of the old Dragnet radio show. Yes, you guessed it, when WMSE broadcasts the old Dragnet shows, the listener also gets to hear the commercials that were made for that show back in the day (circa 1951). I confess that I find these commercial ads most amusing (so does my nephew), for they cannot help remind us of the Fatime that he and I both know (my sister and my nephew's mother).