Ah, I can swallow again. The surgery was a success and the sutures come out next week. I have had my hiatus, my sabbatical, my contemplation of my navel, my extreme lotus position, my not religious retreat, a case of beer and a bag of pretzels. Christmas is coming, I am full of good cheer and I miss you guys...somewhat. After Christmas (God's time) and New Years (Devil's time), I'll cinch 'Ol Betsy up, knee her ribs to get it tight, throw my leg over and begin another ride. I'll have the sutures out and give you my New Year's resolutions. I'll give you some stories and contribute to this wonderful organization when I can. Some stories in mind, not on paper, just in mind... "Don't give 'em anything to grab." for Sgt "SomethinsDragging" "How not to shoot a horse in the head." for Baitchunker. "All my mother did was lie." for Sharon. "The Truck." for Kenny the Catfish. "Touch the Blood." a philosophy piece to explain myself to hunters, trappers, fishermen and other macho men I have encountered. "Control Freaks and Power Managers." recipients unnamed. "Of windmills and ketchup." to some ornery guys I know. "Don't read the Will." a question I have for you. Need some help with that one. My biggest disappointment lately. "A cop who was actually my friend." for Kutter. This friend was a guy, one of a few I miss. "Foul Sausage, Part II." Addendum to one of the first posts I made last April. "Wrecking balls and New York" a character I wish I knew where he was. 'I'll bail you out if you bail me out." for my brother. "The Black Man who saved my life." for Bert. A lot more more, but that will be a start for those of you who want to read them. Most won't, some will. But it will be fun for me. John. See ya sometime in a few weeks, enjoy your Thanksgiving. (Heheh) Might be back sooner, depends on if I need help with Christmas dinner. Will prob. ask some questions in Tanyas what's for supper thread. Whatever, later Dudes.