I know I’ve been sleeping on the job here for several years, dear readers, but I did manage to wake the other day to notice … oh … I dunno … that we were bombing Syria and Iraq … that the Israelis shot down a Syrian plane … that Vladimir Putin was denouncing U.S. bombing of Syria … and meanwhile Russia is basically invading the Ukraine .. and ebola is apparently out of control in West Africa.  And that’s just to name a few of the noisy interruptions to my REM slumber.

It may be time to get this cocktail party started again, my friends.