There were more than 40 comments on this post that got gobbled up by a giant blogger outage. It was a raucous and provocative discussion. I am very very sorry it was deleted. To those who had posted so many long and thoughtful comments, just because they are gone does not mean they are forgotten (although I attempted a crude recreation of the thread).
As always, thanks to all my readers and particularly those who brave the comment section, be it once in a while or on a regular basis.
Now then, since it's Friday afternoon and there's nothing to be done, here's a pic--call it a love letter from me to Blogger over this debacle.