A horrifically annoying 12 hours.
First, that flash ad (which I was unable to cancel at first) gummed up page loading. I pulled ALL of the blogads code, and now the page loads about 47 times faster.
Compounding the problem was connectivity issues since last night (Thanks, Cablevision — you guys are "optimum"). I could not access my blog code to make changes — which I finally managed to do this am.
Posting will resume this morning . . .
Meanwhile, talk amongst yourselves. Topic: Is this bounce for real, or merely of the dead cat variety?