After a six-month sabbatical, I have returned to the Dope. Immediately upon my return, the admins grabbed me, performed a minimal goat/octopus re-initiation ceremony, and slipped the moderator harness back on. It seems tighter this time, and I think the buckles in back may be soldered closed.
It was a good sabbatical. I finished the book I was writing, and then built the most awesome Minecraft home/garden/ranch you’ve ever seen. Now that is productivity!
Oddly enough, I’ve never seen that before. Hmmm. It makes my original Straight Dope name (Invisible Wombat) even more interesting!
Okay, okay. I’m trying to ease back into it so I don’t do something silly like ban everybody on the whole board. 'Cause I’d probably get grief about that for the rest of my life.
Hey, everyone, she asked! That gives me one free shameless self-promotion!
The book is my 18th Who Pooped in the Park? book of scats & tracks for kids. This one is set in the Cascade Mountains, and will be available in the springtime at a bookstore near you (assuming you live in Washington, Oregon, northern California, or southern British Columbia). You can also order copies directly from my bookstore and I’ll happily autograph them for you.