i'm not dead. yet. i've just been away from internet access since friday afternoon, and cell usage since saturday night. i will provide highlights of my time away as i feel compelled. which will hopefully be this evening/night and/or over the next day or two.
i will mention now i had over 850 messages waiting for me in one of my inboxes when i returned, only 16 of which weren't spam. (although most of the 16 were bulk email.) that's over 200 spam messages per day. i know others have it worse (there are some accounts at work i admin/use that get it worse), but that's a lot of hitting the "delete" button per day. still, having the same email address since 1998 is nice.