Inertia can be defined as “the state of being inert; inability to move or act”. This perfectly describes my own state for the last month as well and is responsible for the dearth of posts here. I apologize for being a bad blogger but I have a good reason: On June 19th I’m embarking on another course of spinal surgery. More extensive than the one I had a year-plus ago, this one will again involve my lumbar area but include the installation of titanium rods, among other wince-inducing niceties. I put off my neurosurgeon for over a year but after enduring new and different pains in both my lower back and legs, and trying a number of remedies, I had to face facts. I’m sorry that my blogging duties have been derailed but I seem to need lots of time these days for just, er, being … visiting with friends and family and just plain resting before the big day. Unlike my other surgery, which I approached with virtually no trepidation, this one truly looms large in my mind. I ask your indulgence as I take this time before the date.
Post-surgery, the recovery period could be extensive; I might not post again for many months.
I’m pleased to know that even though I haven’t posted regularly for the last few weeks there are still a steady stream of readers stopping by. Some for current posts and some for posts now years old; some for posts that have taken on a life of their own with more than 10,000 views each …
There are over 500 posts in the archives so if you need to read something Rancho while I’m away, have at and leave a comment. To send a personal email use firstname.lastname@example.org; to send a card, a good luck charm or a slim volume of naughty limericks (illustrated, please), my address is 4380 Isabella St., Riverside CA 92501.
I’ll see you when I get back — Reuben
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