To all my gentle readers (if I have any left!) I apologise for my disappearance from the 'net. When I last posted in January, I was (a) in the process of preparing to emigrate and (b) suffering a severe case of "blogger burnout!" I had been posting daily since September, 2005, with the exception of unwilling hiati when my computer crashed. The combination of the "burnout" and the stress of the coming move ganged up on me and I "went missing".
Well, I'm back, blogging from Edmonton, Alberta. I can't guarantee that I will get back to the level of commitment I had before, but I will try to blog on a regular basis. Now that my US Passport has arrived, I have the joy of the Canadian bureaucracy to look forward to as I begin the long journey to citizenship, starting with permanent residency and permission to work.
As a monarchist, it was moving that, just days after my arrival, I was present at the annual dinner of the Monday night cribbage club at the Royal Canadian Legion, Kingsway Branch, #175. We drank the Loyal Toast to HM Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada and sang the Royal Anthem (God save the Queen) as well as O, Canada. While my liege loyalty to His Most Christian Majesty, Louis XX remains unaffected, I'm glad to be living in a monarchy and I look forward to taking the Oath to Her Majesty upon becoming a citizen.