I have not been keeping abreast of current events here.
Also, here is a follow-up on our banjo playing friend:
There are jokes which I find amusing. Simple country jokes.
"Use fascinate in a sentence."
"Ray's shirt has nine buttons but Ray's so fat he can only fascinate."
And so on. I heard a new one the other day.
"I'm not saying Ray's inbred, but his parents are cousins."
Sadly, I will be here all week.