This was supposed to be a quick and light note, letting you all know I’m working my way back online following numerous technical problems (including not one, but two crashed laptops) and a number of home projects that kept me away from the blogosphere. Unfortunately, this post must take a sadder tone.
You’ve probably heard of the shooting of a Canadian soldier at their war memorial in Ottawa, just outside their Parliament building. The soldier, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, was a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Why does that matter? The Argylls are the sister unit of my beloved adoptive Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, both serving out of the John Foote Armoury in downtown Hamilton. I’m not ashamed to say I’ve shed more than a tear or two since I heard that – I still think VERY fondly of the Rileys, remembering a herd of WW2 vets who took me out to lunch, their treat, simply because I had bothered to drive up from Chicago to see their little museum. The feeling of honoured veterans thinking I was worthy of such an honour is impossible to describe.
I don’t have the spirit to say much more, other than to wish the Canadian soldier wounded in Monday’s incident a full and speedy recovery, to give my condolences to the friends and families of both the soldier killed Monday and to Corporal Cirillo’s, and to let all my Canadian friends know that they are in my thoughts more than usual tonight.
As to my status, I still need to get Email working so I can actually reply to particular folks. I do want to give a HUGE shoutout to Archon, of Archon’s Den, for detouring from a Cleveland knife show to come hunt me down and give me a swift kick in the pants to get back online. Archon, message well received and understood – and if you ever drop in like that again, ya better know CPR, ’cause the shock of your visit dang near did me in! ;)
So hang in there, everybody. It may take a while for me to respond, but I’ll do my best. And thanks to all those who have missed me – Frank, ‘Rants, and Benzeknees in particular. It’s always nice to know that somebody out there misses me. Take care, all, see you soon!