No, I haven't fallen off the planet. I've just been on vacation and just got back from a newfound joy-finding a doctor in a strange town. Not that strange; it's northern metro Houston where my in-laws live. Still, I had to hunt to find a good urgent care place to take care of a budding case of bronchitis that I brought back from Rockford.
When did we stop going to our regular doctor for garden-variety illnesses? That used to be the case, but most GPs are booked solid and some sort of doc-in-a-box urgent care clinic is now the norm for treating things like sinus infections.
The PA who treated me was very good, hooking up a nebulizer inhaler to get some immediate relief to the lungs and getting some steroids and antibiotics to clear up my sinuses and lungs. I guess I need to hold off on my Olympic career for a bit ;-).
I haven't been watching much football during bowl season; I've been on the road a lot and my in-laws don't have cable, so no ESPN.
The bowls have been cheapened quite a bit, which is good for mid-majors, who now get bids they would often get snubbed for in the past. Now, a pulse and a 7-5 record clinches a bowl bid, and a 6-6 has been known to get in. Down in Houston, the locals saw Rice beat Western Michigan in the Texas Bowl for Rice's first bowl win in 54 years.
Rice is one of the few school that's been downwardly mobile, going from being one of the doormats of the old Southwest Conference to being competitive in Conference USA. Had they been in the Big 12, they would have had a much harder time getting to a bowl and probably been slated to face a better team if they did manage to limp in with a 6-6 record.