Sorry, folks, for my prolonged absence, but I was traveling at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and then I got sick ... all of which kept me away from 7th and Montana for a while. But this morning I was back on board and not a moment too soon. Rigolatte -- our Friendly Neighborhood Opera Loon -- was in rare form, mumbling incoherently in a deep baritone. I was so happy to see him I nearly pulled my chair in closer to give him a friendly wave 'hello.' But as any good cruise ship captain can tell you, that's just asking for trouble. As for Rigolatte, he had other things on his mind. "Off with you, Beelzebub!," he screamed at no one in particular. And with that, he walked right into Starbucks to line his coffers with artificial sweetener. It's good to be back ...!