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Posted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 12:00 am

OK, I’m ready to discuss in depth why I pretty much disappeared from the scene for the better part of a week. See, it came down to an illness I can’t understand or very much describe and some fairly surreal moments that don’t make much sense.

I can say that I had a several-day encounter with what appeared to be a severe fever that seemed to come and go — which also made me come and go at the same time.

Now, here’s a little something that I can’t account for. After writing those first couple of sentences, I closed out my file and everything disappeared. As if it all didn’t happen, but I guarantee it all did. And no, as I write this, I have no fever.

OK, I closed out again and it saved that last paragraph, so maybe the ghost of Rod Serling is not involved in this story.

Anyway, I’d love to give a long, involved description of what went through my mind most of last week. Except I can’t. My mind is incapable of retrieving memorable experiences.

Now I would wake long enough to watch fairly long episodes of daytime television, but there’s really nothing odd about not remembering that sort of detail. In fact, if you recall too much of that kind of dialogue, there might be something fairly significantly wrong. I feel better already.

Anyway, the blank moments I can account to being asleep or mostly blacked out. I will say that when the fever was in control, I didn’t want to be in control. It hurt too much.

During this ordeal, I did have several phone conversations with fellow workers that I judge did not make too much sense. At least that’s what I can read in their faces when we’re discussing such bizarre circumstances.

Now I can recall thinking that the fever had passed by Wednesday afternoon or evening, although there are indications my mind may have been playing tricks on me.

I think I even made a statement that I’d be back to work on Thursday.

That prediction was proved wrong when I awoke on the floor Thursday morning. Sometime between the time I fell asleep Wednesday and came to on Thursday, I decided that sleeping on the floor was best for me at that time. No, I didn’t fall off the bed and just fall asleep. Judging from the lack of external injuries, I just made the decision to sack out on the floor.

And I guess that choice was acceptable because I made the same decision the next night. Another bright new morning on the carpet. At least I didn’t have my remote control in my hand, so I avoided having to recall more television dialogue.

But it was at that point I concluded that I wasn’t ready to head back to the office for decision-making. Unless, of course, everybody was ready to sign off on my doing that while deliberating from the floor.

I made the finally made trial runs to the office with no ill circumstances on Saturday and Sunday. And didn’t once feel the need to lie down or listen to daytime television.

Given the circumstances, I think it’s fair to assume that lack of fever and a solid stance on the floor does a whole lot for your image. But that may have been something I heard on daytime television.

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