Some of my near and dear use my blog posts as a way of checking to be sure I'm not in a ditch somewhere or otherwise in a dire situation. The only dire situation I'm in is the need to grade essays. I have no earthly clue what happened to all the time I thought I had today, but I'm going to be here until god knows when getting things marked. So, for tonight, this is as much of a post as I'm going to be able to manage. I'm "upright and ambulatory," as my father would have said, and I think I'm at least reasonably compos mentis ... but now I have to reapply my nose to the proverbial grindstone.