Hello again. I'm back in action and determined to finish this thing off, something I failed to do last year. I've got just a few more days to fill in, then I'll probably write some more substantial pieces to tie it all together. Or not. I'm notorious for promising more than I deliver, so we'll see.
Now to the family emergency. On Friday afternoon, my wife started receiving cryptic calls from her brother, alluding to "something wrong with our father." We came to learn that he'd suffered a major heart attack the previous day and they'd had considerable difficulty contacting us. Needless to say, this pretty much wiped out the remainder of the festival. There was no way we were going to sit through four more films while my father-in-law was being prepped for open-heart surgery. I mean, I'm not that much of a jerk. So we packed up our things and headed home first thing Saturday morning, for a fairly harrowing trip back (my wife drove, usually as fast as she could legally get away with).
For the record, it's all been resolved. His surgery was successful and he's healing at near-supernatural rates. We're now safely home and trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to recuperate and get back in the groove. We've got some new perspective thanks to this ordeal, and we're hoping it will push us to take bigger chances in our lives. Or we'll forget everything we've learned and sink back into our usual rut. It's either/or right about now....
Anyway, that's about it. Thanks for letting me ramble and be sure to look for updates in the next few days.