A funny thing happened on the way to the Internet...well, okay, maybe it's not that funny.
The last time I posted here I had just gotten back online after a long absence of several months. I even made a comment that hopefully that might be my last online absence for a while. Everything was working great. I was ecstatic.
The good times were over as quickly as they began. About two and a half days into my triumphant return, my Internet connection started acting a little buggy. It was dropping out and slowing down. After three days, I couldn't connect to the Internet at all. It seemed like the problem was with the ISP and I tried to work with them to resolve the problem, but it just wasn't happening. I finally discovered that the problem was on my end with my computer -- specifically, I think my network card might have kicked the bucket.
Rather than put any more money into my old computer, I decided to wait a bit and get a new one. Problems led to delays, and now here we are a month older. All the pieces finally fell into place yesterday and I'm back again. Thanks for your patience and understanding.