I've been getting many people inquiring where I've been. The short story is, I hurt my back (inflamed disc), and was on short-term disability for a couple of months.
Hmm. That's the long story too. :D
I think the most important thing to bring out of that experience is, when you have a small back problem, take care of it immediately, or it will be a big back problem. It sounds logical and all, but up till this point, I've been nigh-invulnerable. I certainly never gave a couple moments of thought to any minor aches and pains, and never guessed the possible ordeal that I could be forced to endure.
I'd like to personally thank my management and colleagues for allowing me the time to heal.
Especially Sam Ramji--the most understanding and caring boss I've ever even heard of, never mind experienced.
So... I am back!