A few bloggers have mentioned the lack of posts from The Evil Dictator (aka my 13-year-old son Adam) the last few weeks.
There were a couple of reasons for this. First, the little Ibook I got him for Christmas last year was on the fritz. The Ibook was giving us the dreaded "kernel panic" warning. I took the Ibook to the Genius Bar at the Skokie Apple store and discovered that The Evil Dictator had apparently inadvertently thrown out an important system file in the course of throwing out some other file. Fortunately, thanks to our friends Greg and Christina, who are Mac people like us, and had a System X disc, we were able to fix the system files. Big bonus: none of the files on the computer were lost, including music files.
In checking out The Evil Dictator's Itunes to see if his music files had been lost, I had some surprises. Ian Dury and the Blockheads' "Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll" was on there, along with some other old punk and new wave tunes. Did I raise him right or what? Wait a minute... Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll?
The other reason he was unable to post was that he was in China with my ex and much of her family for ten days. He returned this Sunday with many tales and pictures he took on the digital camera I got him before the trip. I returned his now-repaired laptop to him today and he's got a post up already, where he talks about spending a total of 35 1/2 hours on airplanes, Olympic jade medals, sampling Chairman Mao's favorite dish, inexpensive souvenir keychains, the most popular drink in China ("What?") and being grilled by machine-gun toting Chinese policemen (I'm not making this up).