There are a few things which commonly inspire people to write blogs (in addition to the obvious motivations of vanity and egomania). One of them is a trip to China. Another is cancer or some similar predicament.
I'm so typical.
The new tumour is behind my right eye, very close to the optic nerve, pituitary, cavernous sinus, and inoperable. Radiation treatment is a viable solution, so I've gone through six weeks of radiation therapy. Seems like things went well, but then it always does. A positive MRI in early September will hopefully reveal that the tumour has been killed and perhaps even have shrunk somewhat. Risks of blindness or loss of libido are minimal. Some loss of short-term memory is probable. Another good reason for a blog.