Great to see you are for the most part OK, as I (we) had feared the worst.
> I can walk and talk but my vision is VERY poor.
As long as you can see orange tape on a feed to a breaker panel. ;-)
> Reading is tough and slow, typing is tedious, driving is no longer in my future but I survived 74 consecutive days of hospital food.
Not sure which one of these is worst, I bet the food wasn't all that bad in comparison.
> I'll never forget your excellent explanation of terminations on balanced lines and minimizing reflections. Your illustration using ping-pong balls was brilliant and readily understandable, so good a reprint is in order.
Where? I'd like to read it myself, as I don't remember it. I was probably drunk when I wrote it.
> Your comment about my brain losing its neutral was timely and appreciated.
I figured you would see the humor in that, and get it. Glad you did.
> ...I awoke to find we'd lost one leg of our incoming electrical service.
That happened when I was about nine during a storm, so Dad turned off the main 100A "push-matic" breaker (remember those?), put a jumper across it, and turned it back on, and waited. About 10 seconds later, POP. He removed the jumper, turned it back on, and we had both legs hot. He had spot-welded the bad connection, wherever it was. Lasted for years.
Ron, if you would like to continue this off-board, and I hope you do, please feel to email or PM, my email hasn't changed since my website was originally hosted on a server somewhere in Pangea. We both remember those days. Do you remember the time you threw your favorite mammoth bone club at that brontosaurus so that I could get away?
I owe you one for that, I know how much you really liked that club, that you personally handcrafted with a flint rock. Nice ornamentation you carved on it, as I recall. Did you ever find it?
Yeah..., we go back.