January 29, 2001



Hand In


Not much to say tonight, but I figured I'd shock the world and put another new entry up in the same week as the last one. You know, just to keep my hand in.

I've talked a lot about Zoe in these pages, but I rarely post any photos of her. For all you know, my daughter could be a spore-headed mutant like her old man. Well, then, feast yer eyes on proof positive that Beth must have signed up for the Extra Special Service from the pool guy a couple years back. Here's Zoe's kindergarten school picture, taken just a few weeks ago. Not a spore or extraneous eyestalk on her:

Zoe, age 4

So I was poking around a couple of other journals this afternoon when I suddenly got the urge to do a little something more here than I have been doing. (No, not posting entries. Ha.) A little something different. I thought maybe I'd make it interactive, give you readers a voice here, and assuage my guilt over not answering all the email I'm so bad about answering. So I've added a forum. Yeah, I know. I'm kind of in shock about it myself.

I've gone ahead and started a topic on it, so now I just need someone -- or some-eleventeen of you -- to follow-up on my post, or even to start discussions of your own. Or you could ignore the forum entirely, or lurk in it without ever posting, or do any variation of any of the above. It's on you.

Whatever you do in there, I only have one rule: Anything goes. Just as I don't hit you up for donations for reading me here, neither will I limit you there to speaking only on topics and only in terms with which I'm comfortable. Everything is fair game, even me. If I don't like something you say, I'll keep in mind that your opinion is as valid to you as mine is to me and that squashing yours isn't the same as converting you to mine. The only person I'll censor is myself. Of course, I can afford to be big about it this way -- I know I'm always right.

Oh, by the way, I'm still not smoking. Just wanted to brag about that for a sec. It's been nearly a year and a half and I'm doing fine without 'em. No one, and I mean no one, is more surprised than I.

That is all.