Thank you all so much for your wonderful, kind comments about By the Sea and Toy Gatherer. Thanks especially for not mentioning that it took me 13 years to complete. Of course you wouldn't point that out. You are my people! You understand my plight.
You are not, however, the only ones who deserve accolades. Indeed, you will remember that the dude was playing chess this weekend. On Saturday he was the co-leader. We were pretty proud of him. On Sunday, he came home with the trophy and a small cash prize! He won the tournament outright! My what a big brain he has!