Hey, guys. Yet another in a seemingly endless series of medical traumas in the Republibot Household. We ended up spending the weekend in the hospital (No, I don't want to talk about it) As you may recall, I recently and abruptly lost my father over Christmas, it looked like I was going to lose someone else Friday. My own health is terrible. I'm fighting with lawyers and banks constantly to straighten out the estate, not to mention taking care of my bereaved mother, not to mention our ongoing so-poor-church-mice-give-us-handouts financial state, not to mention having a special needs kid, not to mention my guitarist dropping dead a few months back, and my bassist Mark dying of cancer (Prayers on his behalf would be welcome) and my drummer going semi-homeless, not to mention my increasing feelings of isolation from most of my life-long friends as they hit middle age and become boring and closed off (Miguel in particular is distressing), while I hit middle age and become more interesting, not to mention that as the new patriarch-by-default of the family, all the formerly-pleasant relatives are coming out of the woodwork and attacking for no good reason, apart from the fact that they like to stir the pot. I can only assume that they'd always been like that, and my dad just ran interference for us.
None of which I can help, none of which I can help, none of which I can help, even though it's my first reaction to try and help, and it's making me crazy.
Put all this together, and, guys, I am just tired. Just so very tired. And this site takes a lot of work. And I just really don't have the energy. Keeping it going after my dad passed was, I think and I thought, good therapy for me. Now, however, it's become onerous, and I don't want it to be that way 'cuz I love the site, but I'm growing to resent it. And I just don't have the time.
So I'm going to take a break. I need some time off. I don't know how much, I just need to go do something else for a while (I also don't know what that is) and I'll be back here when I feel like I can.
WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU:
Not much, really. I'm not quitting, we're not shutting Republibot down. I personally am just taking a leave of absence, which might last a week or two, or it might be several months. In the meantime I've got material scheduled out for months in advance, so new stuff will continue to pop up on the site. Odds are you won't even notice that I'm gone. Anyone with Blogging Privileges is welcome to post articles in addition to your normal reviews and columns, as you see fit. You guys can and do chat amongst yourselves, so just keep doing that.
Basically it'll be the same site it's always been, just a little bit less me-centric during my leave.
I'll check in from time to time, but I probably won't be posting much in the comments. If anyone has any questions or if there are any fires that need to be put out, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, and I'm sorry, and I'll see you all again when I've recovered a bit from the last four months.