I am very grateful for the generosity of family and friends.
Two weeks ago, I read a piece by James Sturm about how he was giving up the internet for a while. I was inspired to try my own modified version of internet cut-down. Knowing that I couldn't give it up entirely, I was going to give up in-home internet access. Then fate stepped in and said, "Oh, really?" And right then, my computer died.
So I have been two weeks without a computer, without my internet friends. And I learned two important things:
1) I get a lot more done without the internet.
2) My internet friends are real friends. I don't want to let them go.
What happens next is anyone's guess! For now, it's good to be back.