well, lads and lassies…it has been nearly a decade since I first sat down to compose my first WordPress post. some of you may have been there for the first post…but most have gone the way of wind, driven off to some other venture. for those of you who have been around for nearly a decade, I would like to congratulate you on continuing to support WordPress as a free beacon of speech and civil expression. while I cannot promise another 8 years producing like I did in the first few, I do not intend to disappear from the blogosphere anytime soon. despite more aches and pains, I am not leaving.