I suppose I ought to come out and admit that I've been in the Evil Suburbs* all week. It's unlikely that anyone cares (or has even noticed), but it does appear to be customary on Teh Blogosphere to inform one's readers when one will be (more or less) on hiatus for a time period of such length. So, sorry 'bout that. I'll be back eventually.
*I'd play a game of "Guess Which One," but this particular suburb is so uninteresting that even raving Chicagoland trivia addicts have never heard of it.