by Daniel A. Kaufman
To EA’s readers and contributors.
Tomorrow morning (Tuesday, January 11), I will be embarking on an 18 hour drive to New York. I will be splitting the drive into two days.
My father is very near his end, and my mother is no longer capable of doing even the household bookkeeping, let alone the very complex accounting involved in our family businesses. I am going primarily in order to try and gain control of things, but it is also very possible that this will be the last time I see my dad.
I am driving for two reasons. The first is that New York City is one of the major Covid-Omicron hotspots in the US, and my father has not received — and cannot receive — the Covid booster. As I have to fly through Atlanta, this would involve spending potentially hours in both Atlanta and LaGuardia airports. The second is that I must have at least two full weekdays there to meet with accountants, lawyers, investment advisors and the like, and air travel now is extremely unreliable with hundreds and hundreds of flights being canceled.
I expect that these travels will affect my ability to regularly moderate comments, as well as process submissions and edit posts. Please understand that aside from the artwork and design, I do virtually all of the work on EA myself. My plan is to have returned by Sunday evening, but with my father in the condition he’s in, anything could happen, and I might have to stay longer.
As always, I cannot adequately express my appreciation for EA’s readers, podcast audience, and contributors. And I appreciate your patience and tolerance as I make my way through this difficult and challenging time. Much love to you all.