The last response I made, a little while ago, specifically to something Frank said, has given me pause.
I had to work hard not to be completely dismissive and irascible. I try to be evenhanded, fair, and as open as possible, but lately it seems I've been putting my foot in my mouth, reacting badly, and overall failing to live up to my own standards. I could cop to being under a lot of stress (I am) and a persistent series of illnesses (there have been) and a basic lack of enthusiasm for much of what I do (there is) and all of that might explain a shortness of temper and lack of patience. Donna's parents have been melting down over the course of the last year and this has heaped a load of necessary but unwanted crap on our plate which we've been dealing with well enough but it's taking a toll. I'm continuing to have a frustrating time career-wise and over the last five months I've hurt myself physically three times, resulting in annoying impairments and an inability to indulge one of my big stress-relievers, i.e. working out. Now in the last couple of weeks we've had a number of unfortunate events that have soured the zeitgeist, one of which happened practically in my back yard, and along with all that the concomitant dealings with morons and shitheads, both online and in the flesh. I'm behind on a couple of major projects and several things are threatening to go pear-shaped and I can't seem to allocate the necessary energy and resources to just manage it all. (I say "seem to" and I mean that---I am managing, things are getting done, but it doesn't feel that way.)
All of which has bent my attitude lately and I feel that I have been unusually surly and insensitive, not just here. If I have offended anyone, I apologize. This is one of the best places I come to visit on the internet and I don't wish to make a mess. That said, I think I'm going to stay away for a little while, till I get a handle on things and feel less put-upon. Some distance, some perspective, might help. Now that things have started improving here, I do not wish to be in any way responsible for undoing the good work.
I'll be back and it may only be a week, but it might be more. Thank you in advance for understanding. Take care.