A gallery of a few shots from Long Beach today... And with the gallery, like today, I'm coming out of hibernation a bit. That cold/flu stuff I mentioned a couple weeks ago never completely went away. The past week it was mostly just a cough, but it really wasn't going away. At the same time, I've been in crunch mode for one of the fastest turnaround projects I've done in a long time, so all my time and energy was devoted to that. Between that and being sick, I didn't leave the house a lot. By Friday, the project was almost wrapped, and I also finally went to the doctor, so the cough is nearly gone and I'm coming out of my hibernation cloud now. I'm not going to apologize for not posting for so long (only because I've made that apology too many times before), but I figure its time for a note about the evolution of the blog. The short of it is that I'm not planning to end it, though it often crosses my mind. When I started it 5 1/2 years ago, I originally thought it would be occasional updates and project news. It soon evolved into a mix that was more of a personal diary and travelog, especially while working on the Olympics in Torino and touring Europe afterward. At that point I tried to always keep it updated close to daily. I knew how checking blogs like those of my friends Rusty and Bill, who both tended to post daily, had become a morning routine for me every day. And it was a nice way to share with family and friends what I was up to. But this was before social media like Facebook and Twitter were factors. Today those are easier and quicker ways to share interesting bits and stay up to date, as well as ways to pass on a new blog post. But that has also made it harder to come up with content for the blog that I haven't already shared there. So I'll still try to keep updating a few times a week, but I'm easing up on my goal of posting daily. Gaps of several days like the last week hopefully won't happen, but if they do, you can always find out what I'm up to by checking my Twitter feed. That more than anything is always active and up to date. And of course, as always, thanks for coming along on my adventures and letting me share. Plenty more to come.