I am writing this to officially state that I am taking a reprieve from Slashdot and other sites. Mental and physical health have been in decline. And although I have never been what one would call a regular poster or commenter, I thought I would take a few moments to say farewell, for the time being. I've un-flagged the notifications for new journal entries so I won't know when people write them. But after my diagnoses, both physical and mental, I need to simplify things and reading Slashdot regularly was an item to be removed (as is regular computer use). I will miss many of the ranting and raving of virtual lunatics and friends as well as the coherent conversations that would sometimes come between. Then everything got really difficult to do on this site. I'm not abandoning it per se. I'm just taking a break. I contributed very little to it anyway.
I hope this message finds everyone in relatively acceptable health. And good luck to you all, even the assholes.
To Stoolpigeon: Sorry I was never able to come through on a meet-up. Sociability and follow-through are just not strong points of mine. If you're still in the Orlando area you can try to arrange a meet-up if you'd like. But I seem to recall that you've since been removed from the area.