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Installment published 5th March 1994.
Can it really have been four years since I wrote installment fourteen of this series? Is it really possible that six long years have passed since I began it? Funny how time flies when you're having fun, isn't it?
I won't spend a lot of time making excuses; only point out that things happen, and priorities change. In the four years since installment fourteen, I've managed to get laid off, get divorced, have a nervous breakdown, begin a new career as a writer, begin another one as a consultant, move, work on two real-time systems, and raise fourteen baby birds, three pigeons, six possums, and a duck. For awhile there, the parsing of source code was not high on my list of priorities. Neither was writing stuff for free, instead of writing stuff for pay. But I do try to be faithful, and I do recognize and feel my responsibility to you, the reader, to finish what I've started. As the tortoise said in one of my son's old stories, I may be slow, but I'm sure. I'm sure that there are people out there anxious to see the last reel of this film, and I intend to give it to them. So, if you're one of those who's been waiting, more or less patiently, to see how this thing comes out, thanks for your patience. I apologize for the delay. Let's move on.