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I am delighted to be back home in my familiar seat with my familiar array of monitors. I spent a wonderful week in New England, partly to take my family on a vacation, and partly to take my kids to a big fencing tournament. The whole trip went very smoothly. Here's a shot of me in the Boston Common:




Except for my stay at a very noisy inn located in New Hampshire (which I reported about here on Slope), all aspects of the trip were very smooth. I particularly enjoyed walking my young daughter in the park, since the squirrels of Boston are ridiculously tame and will eat right out of your hand; as you can see, they are well-fed and content.

I'm kind of catching up and getting organized from my week's absence, but I should be running on all cylinders a little later today; thanks for your patience with me and the blog, and many thanks to contributing writers such as Strawberry Blonde, Springheel Jack, BDI, Gary Tanashian, BKudla, and others I'm too dizzy to mention right now.