Is this an auspicious day to begin a blog? I don't know. But if I start consulting horoscopes it will give me the excuse for yet another delay before writing anything. As I type, the gentlemen you see on your left (who I like to think of as my office guardians) are contemplating me with their usual inscrutable calm. I, on the other hand, (trying to write something witty and amusing which will keep your interest alive), am aware of grinding gears, and the sound of rough unpolished thoughts clanking together like rusty buckets in a well.