Slope of Hope Blog Posts

Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.

Total Dereliction of e-Duty

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It’s probably easiest to start by sharing an email that I’m sending out to all appropriate parties:

Allow me to begin with an apology by way of an explanation.

I’ve been using computers since 1979 and email since 1981 (hard to believe, I know, but true). During those four decades of using email, I have always prided myself on responding virtually instantly to any message. If for some reason I’m away from the computer for even an hour, I get jumpy with guilt about not responding more swiftly.

This morning I discovered (for reasons too uninteresting to explain) that many messages from my tastytrade account never landed in my email program. In fact, there were nearly 500 of them, some of them as old as half a year. For someone who is racked with guilt about one-hour old messages, you can imagine how I felt. Your message was among them!

Suffice it to say I am terribly sorry for appearing to utterly ignore you (which I would never do………ever!). The thing is, isn’t my primary address, or even my secondary address. It’s barely even a tertiary address. I tend to live on

Having said that, please accept my heartfelt apology, and if what you were writing about is still an issue, I absolutely want to hear about it. Just please drop me a line at and I can pledge to you a swift reply!

Thank you for your hoped-for understanding………


Good-Bye, Gilbert

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As is always the case, The Director told me about it first. I learned about Norm MacDonald this way, and Bob Saget, and I’ve forgotten who else. Anyway, our beloved Gilbert Gottfried died, and I will do a proper post for him in the next few days. In the meanwhile, I will just say that it makes me very sad – – in just six months, we’ve lost Norm, Bob, and now Gilly. To this day, it warms my heart that, even though I never got to meet him in person, we still got to exchange some goofiness online…………