A long time ago, when the internet was just getting noticed by the great unwashed mass, the way you communicated through computers was with bulletin boards.
Wikipedia says it way better than I could:
A Bulletin Board System, or BBS, is a computer system running software that allows users to connect and log in to the system using a terminal program. Once logged in, a user can perform functions such as uploading and downloading software and data, reading news and bulletins, and exchanging messages with other users, either through email or in public message boards. Many BBSes also offer on-line games, in which users can compete with each other, and BBSes with multiple phone lines often provide chat rooms, allowing users to interact with each other more instantaneously.
Originally BBSes were accessed only over a phone line using a modem.
I was an avid member of many such BBSes, which had a “variety” of content. We will leave that right there. Asis.
I made friends with the owner/operator of one of these systems and we had long chats both on the board and and on the phone. He was an interesting guy and we liked each other.
He one time told me that he had to “take the board off the hook” for some maintenance. At that point he had several hundred incoming phone lines so it always struck me funny, that phrase.
Long story short here. I am taking this blog “off the hook” for a while.
Two reasons for this:
The amount of regular readers here, driven by Facebook postings mostly, is real small. No offense regular readers but you are not worth my time.
And… I need my time to be worth something. So I am going to spend at least the next month endeavoring to turn water into wine, a loaf of bread and a fish into a meal for thousands and…you get my drift.
Yesterday was the first time in over two years that I missed a daily update. The world did not come crashing down on my head. The sun came up this AM. I felt guilty but I will get over it.
I have already at this point cut back by 1/2 on these posts. Now I am going “off the hook” at least for the next month.
Thanks for all the comments, all the time you spent reading here (both of you) and I hope to see you back someday.
So long. Thanks for all the fish.