February 29, 2004
I don't know why, but lately I have had a few legitimate email messages being sent to the spam folder by my ISP. Many of these messages contain stories which I don't see until I have checked my email via the web, which I only do on occasion. As it seems I have been missing and nearly deleting stories and other legitimate posts I am having to check more frequently.
The reason I mention this is because for the past couple weeks I have had to post some stories a week later than when they were submitted. This isn't the fault of the people who send them, of course, and there's nothing I can suggest they should do differently. I just want everyone to know that if you submit a story or write to me and don't hear anything back within a few days, it isn't because I am ignoring you (unless you are complaining, criticizing, condemning or otherwise submitting something so incredibly stupid that it's not at all worthy of my time, in which case you WILL be ignored), but because it may have wound up in my spam box. In other cases I am simply busy and it takes me a few days to get caught up on replies. Rest assured, if your email is not spam and isn't a complaint I will likely get back to you within a week. In the meantime, blame the spammers for this as they are the ones who made email filtering necessary in the first place.
I invite everyone to take note of this particular day. It is the last time this web site will be updated five times in the month of February until 2032. This assumes, of course, that (a) I am still alive by then (I'll be 62); (b) that I am still running this web site, and; (c) I am still updating it every Sunday. The reason for this is that it is Leap Day, an event which only occurs once every four years in order to keep the calendar from gradually going out of whack (over the course of a century we'd be off by almost a month). In a non-leap year it's not possible to have more than four occurrences of any particular day of the week in February. As this leap year's February 29 falls on a Sunday, it's the only time there will be five Sundays in February until 2032.
If you are reading this message a day late and missed noting the big event, take heart. You only have to wait another 11,688 days.