I figured that draping the blog in our carnival season's purple, green and gold for the last week and a half would adequately explain my long absence. But if not, then there you have it. As for explaining or describing New Orleans' Mardi Gras and Carnival, no one ever has and I'm certainly not going to try. In any event, the big Fat Tuesday is tomorrow and then it's back to the ashen road of common existence. See you then.