If you're interested in following the details of my progress, my personal assistant / apprentice / foster son, Jo/e Noakes, will be retweeting his tweets on the surgery and aftermath at my Twitter account. If anything major and unexpected happens, he'll also post a longer notice at my blog/list.
I'm not sure at this point how long my recovery period from the surgery will be; most likely I'll be getting back to work very gradually. If I can, I'll post my usual holiday gift story on time. Otherwise, I'll see you folks next year.
As usual when I'm offline, Noakes will be monitoring my e-mail. Please mark any urgent e-mail with the subject heading "Time-sensitive."