Many of you remember me taking January off last year to attend my father's surprise 75th birthday celebration with my siblings. What many of you do not know is the things that happened since that. January 11 was the first time in nearly 20 years that all the children (4 of us living, the oldest passed on before I was born) had been together in the same building. It was a beautiful and moving experience. I also believe that things like this happen for a reason, and that those reasons present themselves to us at a later time. It was one of the most memorable times I've had with my family and it's a good family. Sadlly, five months later, and one of the other underlying reasons why I closed the auction house when I did, our father was put in the hospital and was very sick. It took them a week to find out what was wrong and it was news we all feared. In the end it was determined he has a form of cancer that can be slowed by chemo therapy, but not stopped, not put into remission. Since the end of May, he has been in Chemo and I've made trips down there to see him. Things have been going well till yesterday. This explains a lot as to why I haven't been in game all that much and when I am, have been keeping to myself. I tend to not share when emotional things are going on, even tho I should. Yesterday during a scan, they found dark spots inside of his lungs. First they thought it was a new area of cancer, but then they realized it was two sizeable blood clots. They're putting him on large amounts of blood thinners hoping to resolve them, but only time will tell. So that's where things sit for me right now. I'm hoping for the best, expecting the worse. So if I disappear without warning, this is probably the reason why. Figured I'd share what's going on so people didn't get cranky with me if I vanish before an auction. Thanks.