It was a Warm Welcome Home for Neighbor Richard today as he made the scene at 7th and Montana after his recent neck surgery. Naturally, Richard regaled the crowd with strange-but-true tales from the Operating Room. Doctors, it seems, slid his Voice Box and Carotid Artery aside, removed the discs from three of his vertebrae, and replaced them with Cadaver Parts. "I'm dead from the neck up," he quipped. While I know Richard was in the best possible hands at Cedars-Sinai, the whole thing makes me wonder: Did the surgeon wake him up by shouting "It's alive ... it's alive ... for the love of God, Igor, it's alive!" Fortunately, there wasn't any lightning involved in Richard's procedure, but he does have to wear an Electric Bone Stimulator for the next few months. Welcome Back, Richard. I'm glad the operation was a success!