Just to let you all know we are not only alive, but well:
Half the proprietorship of this blog recently ran a mile a in 6:12, a time outstanding for a 30 year old, very good for a 50 year old, and out of this world for someone within a year of being able to collect social security, albeit reduced.
The other half has only the fact that his weight declined to under 180 pounds to brag about. It isn't exactly the same as running really fast, but the loss of over 25 pounds in eleven months does seem to make the trials of those months more than worthwhile. Actually, I have forgotten those trials completely, and am concentrating on losing another 10 pounds, but that might be a little tougher than the last few.