Here’s (The Violent World of) Parker!

Greetings dear readers! After a long hiatus, I’m back.

A very brief version of the past couple of years…

The URL expired because I wasn’t on top of things. I went to purchase it, assuming it would be available. Who would snatch up a URL like that with no monetary value?

Well, someone did, and judging by the page that came up when you went to the site, it was someone in Japan. Frustrated and angry, I still tried to offer the owner some blood money, but I never got a reply, likely because whoever grabbed it didn’t speak English.

Following that, I purchased, and through much trial and tribulation got the site working again. I briefly did pretty well with it, but then two things happened.

First, I found out that I had somehow lost all of my files other than what was posted on the site. I had loads of stuff not yet posted. This was deeply depressing, and, in conjunction with my other difficulties with the site, dampened my enthusiasm for the project.

Second, I went through a series of health issues, one right after another. I’m a pretty healthy guy overall, but I had three separate health crises in 2019.

So not much happened with the site.

But I did check in on the .com URL every now and again, and one day, it was available again! I quickly snatched it up.

And, miracle of miracles, I recovered nearly all of those files. I had a dead hard drive I had been using for backup that I’d retired long ago but hadn’t gotten around to destroying yet. I decided to roll the dice and paid a lot of money, and voila!, most of the files were there. (Before anyone tells me to be better about backing things up, I was doing it. Something, I’m not sure what, just went horribly wrong somewhere along the way.)

Also, I got past all of the health issues. I’m not only fine, I’m healthier than I have been in ages–the New and Improved Trent is here! (Well, my back is still a little iffy…)

So the site is back, and I’m excited to be working on it again. It felt like something important was missing from my life for the past couple of years, so I’m champing at the bit to get galloping again.

I am indebted to Isaac at Austin Web and Design for his excellent assistance with getting the site back to the .com URL and helping me upgrade the back end–it turns out a lot has changed with the web since I moved the site to WordPress a decade ago. (Please rest assured that despite the company’s name, the flawed site design is all mine.) I highly recommend them for your website design needs, and please let them know that I sent you.

Thanks for sticking with me, thanks for reading, and please spread the word that I’m back. And do check back tomorrow for an exciting bit of news…