I tooks a short break from the computer for a while to spend some more time with my family, and while that was only about a 2 day thing and I would be back soon after, I suddenly found myself on a plane to Pennsylvania to see my brother who was graduating from a special effects school there.
After my week in Pennsylvania, another sudden thing was dumped on me: my long awaited surgery to straighten the septum in my nose and to rid my head of two poisonus cysts hidden under my eyes. Needless to say, I was out for a few weeks. As a matter of fact, I'm still kind of recovering and still have very low energy levels.
That's some of the reasons why I've been absent from the community and may continue to be absent for a while longer. I'm sorry I didn't give anybody much more warning than what you got (just a chatroom message saying that I was going to be in Pennsylvania for a while).
I guess you can consider this message a combination of a "hello" and a "goodbye for now".