This has been a miserable day. I know blogs are often (correctly) characterized as being simple “bitching” diaries that are totally open for the whole wide world to see and read. I rarely write as though my world is ending… Disaster is completely relative. I normally get mad when something difficult or trying arises, I rarely feel totally helpless, or depressed. This isn’t a natural disaster, it isn’t even that my flight went down into Laguna de Ba’i (not Laguna Bay, which is utterly wrong) and my checked-in lechon in a box is now soggy. It isn’t a divorce, a loss of a pet or a business deal gone bad. But for this blog, it is worse, far worse. I have had complete and utter laptop failure. I have apparently had a hard disk crash and burn. I am not a techy. And all I know now is I have lost everything. Everything. Yes, I had professionals look into it for 4 hours today and they just shook their heads forlornly. No, “how dumb can he be?”, you say to yourself. How could he not have backed his (4 year old) laptop up? I did, but the last time I did a full back-up was in April before our trip to New York. So I think I have lost 5 months worth of photos (over 2,000 images or so), and the material for at least 70+ posts that I had in the works, at least 12 more posts from the New York trip, the remainder of the Ilocos trip, a post on Friday’s in Boracay, several dishes I cooked over the past 2 months, a review of Mamou, Premium Wine Exchange, stuff for the holidays, etc. etc. I even had the part II of the Sitio Remedios review with 15 or so photos and yes, it was a rant. Worse, I have lost every single one of my emails and all my addresses. All of Lee’s designs for the marketmanila t-shirts went POOF! Everything. On my flight back to Manila this evening, I even thought this was the sign to bring a good thing to an end. Maybe three years is a good time to bury this blog for good. But what about the kids that I just visited in that public school? Slap yourself a few times Marketman and dip your head in a sink filled with water and ice!!! I am sorry, but it may be days before I manage to get my act together and recover from this… I cannot get my emails so I won’t be responding to any of your questions by email.