Doc posted this on one of the Yahoo groups so I thought until he updates here this would suffice in the meantime.
It appears that I will finally be able to sit here and complete a sentence at least a bit coherently and only slightly under the influence of all the multi-colored pills parading in front of me. A huge, and really appreciated "thanks" to all of you who wrote both privately, through discussion groups, and directly. Your thoughts did a lot to keep my mind off of things and it is much appreciated.
Things did not go quite as well as expected but I have some terrific surgeons and I owe them far too much money at this point for them to let me slip into the starry abyss. But I am a tough old coot and there are still a few comets left to catch.
I knew that if I took a few days away that Meade would end up in Chinese hands, so I apologize for letting my guard down on that front. (qualifier: I had to say that in case they want to go back in here later today and remove my funny bone.....)
Again, everyone: thank you sincerely.
Arkansas Sky Observatories
MPC H45 - Petit Jean Mountain South
MPC H41 - Petit Jean Mountain
MPC H43 - Conway West