There are a number of you who have contacted me by comment, email and phone expressing rightful chagrin that I did not give you a chance to visit with me either at my destination(s) or along the way. There are several reasons I did this, not the least of which was that I seem to be having trouble driving places these days without having unexpected interfaces with local and state cops. I made no announcement of trip or itinerary this time and had no problems. Not necessarily a cause and effect, but a relief nonetheless.
Also, the trip was expense-subsidized by Threepers who asked me to help them out (chat with them about various topics, "wargame" potential future scenarios, give a speech, etc.) It was important that every goal of the trip be met without difficulty or complication. This too was achieved. The speech (not a very good one in my opinion) was given. (It will be posted on the web soon for all to see.) I got to meet the folks who had done so much to get me there. New friends were made. I got to meet new folks and put names to faces of old on-line acquaintances. In all, a very successful trip.
Finally, I took the opportunity of going to the Midwest to see my mom in Ohio, who is 81 and in increasingly problematic health. I left Alabama early Wednesday, got to her house that night, spent all day Thursday with her, left early Friday morning for Indiana, arrived in Michigan Friday afternoon, gave the speech on Saturday, had great fellowship with those folks I had come to see, drove south to northern Indiana again, spent the night and made it home not terribly late on Sunday evening.
I was away from computer terminals for most of that, and I know I caused some of you concern, but it was unavoidable.
For that, and for robbing some of you of the opportunity to meet me, I do apologize sincerely. May God grant us the days to accomplish all that we need to.