Mike recently pointed out to me that this blog is sort of useless for anyone who might be looking for any kind of personal, newsy sort of information about yours truly. I guess I assume that that is not very interesting to anyone (although I do think that people eating giant hunks of cheese in public is interesting, and many of you have voiced an opinion otherwise on that score. So maybe I don't know best.)
So here is personal news, an update, if you will: I am headed home early tomorrow morning to the City of Roses (just in time for Rose Festival, you'll note. I missed last year for the first time in my entire life. I hope that is a one-time fluke. God knows that I need my yearly fleet week fix.)
My dear ones here in Austin seem to believe that I won't be coming back. That may be true. While I'm in Portland I'm going to look really hard for a job there. I'm tired of being away from gray skies and rocky beaches and mountains and my family. But it may also be that something will work out here in Austin, at least for another year or two, which would be slightly less preferable, but probably more financially responsible. As one hater reminded me--several times last week--Portland is not the easiest place in the world to find employment.
So, for now, things are up in the air. And I mean that. I don't know what happens next. Hopefully, I'll know better in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I appreciate your good wishes and patience. And I will reward those things with a long, long post about Patrick Lunch. It will all be worth it.