I was out of town and got back to a huge pile of work and other urgent demands.
Thanks to everyone for your patience (see, I do know how to spell). I'll try to get to all the comments and adding new posts asap.
Just a hint on comments: if you want a comment answered quickly then keep it short and only address one issue. Long comments addressing several issues usually have to be put off until I have time to spend on them, and in the next couple of weeks I don't think I'm going to have much spare time.