I am now in lovely Anaheim, California, with friends, about to attend a gaming convention because I am an ubernerd. Alas, Mr P is not with me. He is home caring for the animals. Fortunately because of personal computing devices, it's just like he's in the other room at home sending me links & tweeting alarming things like asking how long it takes to die after you've swallowed a fishbone.
We fed some ostriches in Solvang on the way down. That was truly absurd. Ostriches are definitely alien creatures. So are elephant seals.
PS: Thank you to the person who sent me the "keep writing" vgift! I will indeed keep plugging.