YOU GUYS deserve to know why I've been totally missing with no warning these last few days. Tuesday last week I checked in at a Barcelona hospital via ER. After extensive testing, it turned out I had an acute sigmoiditis. Bad news: it did hurt. Good news: it was inespecific, meaning that it just happened and was not, as it often is, a consequence of an underlying illness, some of which are really ugly (ulcerative colitis, Crohn, or cancer). I was sent home yesterday to follow treatment there. So here I am again, a bit weak because of all the antibiotics, but otherwise reasonably well -- and ready to rumble!