I suppose I’d better apologize (again) for the paucity of posts recently. Several factors have ensued to cut down on putting something (anything?) on the blog. First, there’s work, but next week is an off week for us, since the students will be taking mid-term exams. So, that will give me a lot of free time for awhile.

Next, the weather lately has been utterly gorgeous, so I’ve been spending a lot of time outside–jogging, walking, bicycle riding and whatnot. After all, my least favorite season, winter, is just around the corner. Some of the trees have been showing fall colors, but the peak here is usually around the end of the month and the first part of November. We’ve been enjoying bright, clear days and warm afternoon temperatures, with a bit of a chill in the mornings, a harbinger of things to come.

Then there were the last few weeks of an exciting baseball stretch run, as the Yankees fended of the dark horse Baltimore Orioles to hang onto first place in the AL East. I watched most of the games on MLB TV and I’ll continue to be absorbed in the playoffs as long as the Yanks continue to win. Right now they’re playing those same Orioles in the first round, the Division Championship Series, on their way, hopefully, to World Series title number 28.

Last, and probably least, against my better instincts, I succumbed to the lure of an online game, Lord of the Rings Online (LotRO), a massively multi-player online role-playing game, or MMORPG for short. It’s free to play, although more advanced content may require some payment. However, the free-to-play segments can take hundreds of hours to play, and I’ve put in a large amount of time playing it in the past few weeks. My character is Narohir, a (so far) level 23 Elf Hunter. I’ve added a link to the game in the right hand sidebar, and if you play also, let me know in a comment.

That’s about it for now. I’ll seriously try to get some photos up here soon; I’ve got a large backlog of Expo shots and other images to process, so stay tuned for those sometime in the (hopefully) near future. More later.

My online alter-ego. Notice the resemblance to the real me?