I would like to take this opportunity to let my readers know that I will be leaving shortly to travel from my home with friends to attend a church event, the Winter Family Weekend, in Louisville, Kentucky. Though I do not celebrate Christmas, I am taking advantage of this opportunity to spend time with friends, encourage and find encouragement, and handle some business. I would like to use this note as an opportunity to handle some business as well.
I would like to thank those who have commented on this blog (I am aware that I am a prolific writer and it is hard to keep up with what I am writing). I would also like to thank Norwich University and West Virginia University’s graduate school departments for their fond season’s greetings–it’s always nice to get a Hanukkah card (*wink*).
“Sucka Free Zone”
I also wish to inform those whom I will be seeing shortly in Kentucky that despite the troubles within our church, that I expect the Winter Family Weekend this year to be a “sucka free zone,” free of any conspiracies of the wicked, plotting against legitimate authorities, fighting, squabbling, or abuse of the brethren. I will do my best to ensure that is the case wherever I am during the weekend, and appreciate everyone keeping things to a mature and responsible level of discourse that honors God and respects His divinely inspired authorities. Anything less would be conduct unbecoming of a Christian, worthy of judgment both here and in heaven above.
If, however, there are difficulties that cannot be solved by rational discussion, I propose that we solve our problems via the world’s largest ultimate snowball fight. If we must act like children, at least let us do so in a way that does not bring shame and dishonor to us, but rather allows us to get rid of the stress in a harmless way. If that proposal is acceptable to you all, please show your assent either now or when the festivities commence this weekend.
A Note To Spammers
I would like to comment as well that I get an abnormally large amount of spam (usually about 100-200 spam messages a day). It is tedious to clean this spam out of of my message filter, as it interferes with my search for the elusive and rare legitimate comment that I look forward to reading and replying to, so I am providing a fair warning that upon my return to posting, the ip addresses and content of spam messages will be posted in a note. You have been warned.
A Note on Future Entries
As I expect to return shortly before the end of Gregorian Year 2010, I expect to have a few entries to catch up on. Included are three book reviews about language books (two on Italian, one on French), an end of the year recap of the most popular messages of 2010 on my blog, an update on the righteous rebellion of Jehu, and perhaps an update to what I did while I was gone and a musing on the historian as a social butterfly. If I am able to write some of these during my trip, I will try to do so, but I make no promises. There will, of course, be other topical issues of interest (including Somaliland updates and whatever other subjects come up in the meantime, as is usually the case). Until then, I wish you all a wonderful time with your friends and family, with the reminder to stay safe and stay rational. Until we meet again.