As many of you know, I have been away from the boards (that I love) for quite some time. Depending on whom you heard it from, I have either been busy establishing a new country in the South Pacific or have been closed for my annual refurbishment (during which something Gnu was getting into your Dusty Sage). The truth is somewhat less exciting, and all too work related (with just a touch of personal sadness at my growing another year older thrown in).
Tomorrow, it will be my sad duty to start laying off at least 50 and perhaps as many as 100 of my loyal employees in India. I am crippled with grief and sorrow at having to part ways with so many that I have known for so long. While the Irony will not be lost on some, that for once the jobs are leaving India, it will still be quite a tragedy in the lives of these otherwise impoverished people whom I have grown to love and respect. I am at my wits end, as the negative is not my strong suit. Bitchy, yes. Evil overlord, never!
I suppose you could say that I am going through a difficult patch, from which I am bound to soon recover. Since I count so many of you among my friends, I thought that I at least owed it to you and myself to explain, at least in part, why I have been under a rock - and why I am fighting the temptation to crawl back under it for a while.
-The Dusty One