A few general housekeeping items...
First, folks who check in regularly (bless you) have probably noticed yet another lull in postings. I think it's time for me to quit apologizing for these, and just assert that it's how things are probably going to be around here for a while.
My current job is one where work can come in fits and starts, so I can end up with long stretches during the day, waiting on a variety of things, or I can end up with 10 hours of non-stop stuff to do. At the same time, I'm also pretty heavily involved in some community work around the Central Park area. (Hopefully more to come on this in the new year.) Combined with my other non-work activities (taking geography classes, sporadically singing with the church choir, watching basketball, etc.), there are times when I just don't have the time or the energy to blog, and after thinking about it a bit, that's probably not going to change any time soon. I really appreciate folks checking in regularly, and I wish I could keep up with the regular postings the way many of the other Durham bloggers seem to. I tried to hold myself to this for a while, but it didn't work. The posts are just going to have to come in bursts for now, I think.
Secondly, I realize that my blogroll is a crying shame. I've given up updating it for a while, because if I actually start adding anyone, I'll start feeling bad for the people I missed. Okay, so that's a sorry excuse, but in place of any actual effort put into it, I've asked Kevin at BCR (or one of the other TypePad bloggers) to see if he can find a way to publish his list so that I can incorporate it. Don't thank me, it's this kind of hard work that's my job here.
Lastly, I didn't notice it when it happened, but sometime in the last two months this blog turned one year old. That's a little startling to me -- Barry noted at his place that he started his blog mainly as a way to record thoughts for himself to go back and read. I think on some level, I started this as a way to drain off some of the thoughts bouncing around in my head, without filling up the comments sections on other people's blogs, spamming local mailing lists, boring my friends and family to death, or just wandering around mumbling to myself. In danger of getting too obsequious, I'll just say that the fact that a substantial number of you seem to enjoy reading it is really a wonderful surprise.
With that, I'll just leave it saying that feedback on what you like here and what doesn't work so well is always welcome.