Let me begin by offering a sincere apology to the hordes of loyal readers of this blog for missing my new normal two-week blog interval last week. I suppose I had a pretty good reason–but who wants to hear excuses? I should be back to my blogging self now.
On a completely unrelated note, I had an appendectomy a week ago last Friday! It was pretty exciting, as I’ve never had any surgery of any kind. In fact, I’ve never been in a hospital for my own personal well-being (other than an emergency room a couple of times) since I was born. So it was a new experience for me, and was more than a little disconcerting for my wife.
The reason I mention the removal of my more useless organs (really–nobody knows what, exactly, the thing does!) actually has to do with the Red Cross (surprise!). In the emergency room and, later, the hospital bed, I was asked many times what I “do.” Every time I said I worked for the Oregon Trail Chapter of the Red Cross it caught me off guard how quickly smiles would break across faces. Every time, without fail, there would be a surprisingly positive response. I wanted to share that in this blog because it made me feel very proud to be a part of an organization like the Red Cross. It seemed to tell these people something about me, and I liked what it said.
Thanks, Red Cross.
(And I’m feeling a lot better now, thanks.)