from Oregon. Where it doesn't matter if I'm in the
Asscrack of Nowhere, because, Umatilla County spares no
expense when it comes to their county fair. I'm talking a
major Rodeo (featuring 16 of the top 20, ummm, "rodeo
guys" in the world), and none-other-than Ted Nugent
on the main stage.
When in doubt, I whip it out, I got me a
rock 'n' roll band; it's a Free For All! Whoooo!
of whipping it out... the reason this update has been
delayed by a day is because my attempt to post this column
last night (using the hotel's complimentary PC) was
foiled. Because the front-desk guy was sitting at the
lobby PC looking at porn. For like 90 minutes straight.
Granted, it was 2:30am, and he probably wasn't expecting
any new customers coming in, but what about
customers who want to not be grossed out when they try to
do a bit of drunken webmastering?
So anyway, eventually, even I just had
to give up and go back to the room to get some sleep,
instead of feeling like a creep for intruding on some
perv's extended wank session and then tip-toeing away.
Because, hell, maybe it was "only" 4am local
time when I gave up, but my body is still not entirely
free and clear of the eastern timezone, and was feeling a
bit like it was 7am.
Thus: you get this column that was
cobbled together on Friday and Saturday, but which I'm
only getting around to publishing on Sunday. Sorry. But
we'll be getting back on track come Wednesday, and
resuming our normal schedule. Promise.
Here's a quick bit of rasslin' news and
analysis to tide you over till then:
Let's sort of go with a "brand
round-up" to start here, cuz there's a lot to be
said about both WWE brands, as well as about TNA...
RAW first. Because you can go back to Monday night,
and my main thesis remains intact: that WWE is simply
doing "less with more." They have plenty of
talent on the roster, they SHOULD have more than
enough creativity on the writing team, and yet, they
are limping towards the second-biggest PPV of the year
with exactly one (1) feud/match that has anything
resembling heat on it.
Thank the gods for Shawn Michaels and Hulk Hogan, who
are cashing in on decades of goodwill, weaving
together a touch of Real World Shootiness and Simple
Straight-Forward Wrestling Storytelling to create an
intense and intriguing rivalry. I don't know who will
win, I don't even know who I think SHOULD win... I
just know that this may well end up being Hulk Hogan's
last great match, and that I don't want to miss it.
And WWE's damned lucky they got me roped into that
match. Because everything else? I could stand to skip
out on it, and not feel like I'm missing out on a
damned thing. The Cena/Jericho storyline has been
pretty badly bungled to the point where I think you'd
have to visit the school served by The Short Bus to
find somebody dim enough to take Chris Jericho
seriously as a WWE Title Challenger. Edge made a
half-save on the Edge/Hardy feud by doing a WAY more
logical job of "shooting" without completely
violating the internal logic of WWE's Fictional
Universe, but this is still a deal where I just don't
feel the sizzle that WWE seems under the impression it
is delivering. IC Champ Carlito doesn't seem to be
doing anything related to the IC Title... Masters/Big
Show? No thanks; that hash should have been settled
weeks ago... the mess that is the tag division? Not
PPV-ready.... Rob Conway? Viscera? What passes for
women's roles on this show at the present time? No
sale, no sale, and no sale.
OK, I guess maybe I do find myself liking the
Angle/Eugene feud. Problem is, it kinda DOES feel like
a bit of a foregone conclusion... which is the right
thing to do (since Angle will be Cena's next main
challenger), but which does sort of relegate the match
to an early-card filler, instead of an upper-mid-card
sizzler. It's almost exactly like when Eugene and HHH
blew off their feud last year (also at SummerSlam, I
think, right?): the ride's fun, but when you already
know the final destination, it takes away just a bit
of the spark.
If you haven't read the RAW
Recap already, then what the hell is your problem?
It's been like 5 days! But since this is all I'll say
about RAW's current status, I'll encourage anybody who
wants more details and analysis to check that out. RAW
may not always be excellent, but the OO RAW Recap is.
SD! is doing no better than RAW in
terms of moving towards a compelling SummerSlam card.
But at least they can KIND OF claim to have an excuse:
at least one match they wanted to present was scrapped
because of pressure from UPN. Hasta la vista,
In his place? JBL gets another shot at the World
Champ, Batista. And that right there is everything one
needs to say to illustrate just how underwhelming the
last month of SD! has been. JBL, who made us all eat
crow by being a serviceable heel champ last year, has
simply run out of juice, and his shtick simply doesn't
click the same way as a challenger as it does as a
champ. You *will* be interested in seeing an unworthy
champ metaphorically de-pantsed... but nobody gives a
shit about an unworthy challenger faking his way
through title shot after title shot.
After that, SD! is putting a TON of time into the
latest chapter of Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio.
Problem is, before investing the time, they forgot to
invest any effort into coming up with something
resembling a compelling, wrestling-related reason for
them to still be feuding. The latest twist: Eddie is
demanding custody of his biological son, who just so
happens to have been raised by Rey as a Mysterio. Whee.
This gets dumber and dumber. And as we learned at the
GAB PPV, as good as Rey and Eddie are, even they are
prone to half-assery when they have to worry about
telling a lame story ahead of having a kick-ass
wrestling match. So as good as they could/should be at
the PPV (and as much as they ARE still SD! best chance
for a good match on the show), I have these
reservations that I just can't shake.
Undertaker vs. Randy Orton? Bleh. Not saying it won't
be good (it certainly exceeded expectations at WM21,
and that was with Orton working hurt), but it seems
like they decided to not bother coming up with any new
ideas/story points on the second time through.
"Gay Spooky" video packages here, Orton
smacking around some guy who feuded with Taker over a
decade ago there... is this August or March? I'm not
saying I don't care: but I will say that I certainly
don't care any more about this go-round than I did
about the one five months ago. Because WWE hasn't seen
fit to give me any reasons to do so.
Beyond those three things, let's see... what's SD!
doing? Animal and Hawkenreich are the tag champs, and
I couldn't care less at this point; nostalgia has
given way to apathy.... the US Title is once
again wearing its Cloak of Invisibility, because WWE
foolishly decided to NOT let Benoit begin the rehab of
the belt last month at the Bash; nice work, monkeys...
the cruiserweight title changes hands; but on a
B-show; and then that change is not even addressed on
Thursday night, because heaven forefend that guys who
can work a non-boring match be given TV time...
Christian is SD!'s Shelton Benjamin: the guy who is so
clearly deserving of better, but who is being
inexplicably jobbed out for no good reason... and the
tag team who SHOULD be wearing the gold are currently
feuding with a singles wrestler; somebody explain to
me what the hell is going on with MNM vs. Booker T...
I'd say you should check out Danny T's SD! Recap, but
I think we must have gotten our lines crossed with my
vacation, cuz I don't have a SD! Recap for you guys.
I'm working from an alternate e-mail address, so it's
probably my fricking fault. Sorry, OO Nation. Because
if a lack of a SD! Recap forced you to consume some
crap-ass recap at The Torch, or something, I have
truly wronged you.
Maybe just take solace in the fact that if you missed
SD! this week, you don't really need a recap, anyway.
I pretty much hit the highlights, and can assure you
you're missing nothing. BOTH brands are really limping
towards SummerSlam. It's quite perplexing.
Then there's TNA, who actually have a
PPV THIS weekend. Sacrifice takes place on Sunday
night, and has at least as many intriguing match-ups
as SummerSlam does at this point... problem is, TNA is
ALSO kind of limping along at this point, as they are
still without TV (until October), and that makes it
hard for all but the most loyal of fans to follow
Luckily, OO has just such a fan hanging around for
your education and edification. Jason Longshore has
kindly supplied me with a quick rundown of the
announced TNA Sacrifice PPV card. Here it is:
Raven/Sabu v. Jeff Jarrett/Rhino:
Sabu made his triumphant return to TNA in the past
month to help former rival Raven out against the
dastardly team of Rhino and Jarrett. I like the fact
that Rhino and Sabu are facing off again, playing off
of their fun match at the ECW PPV. We know three of
these guys can really brawl, and Jarrettís been in
some old school Southern concession stand clearing
scraps himself. Donít look for a technical
masterpiece here, folks. It will be bloody and it will
be violent. Iím interested to see who is set up as
the challenger for the NWA World Title coming out of
this, they really could go with any of the other three
guys. Most people are hoping for Rhino, most people
are terrified itíll be Jarrett, but Iím actually
hoping for a cool scenario where Sabu ends up
challenging Raven. They never did get to finish their
feud before Sabu was injured and hospitalized for
months. Finishing it over the NWA World Title would
work for me.
Super X Cup Final- AJ Styles v.
Samoa Joe: These two
were the survivors of the Super X Cup tournament that
has been going on this past month on Impact. Itís
really been worth checking out. The winner gets a shot
at the X Division Title at next monthís PPV. Joe has
been killing people since his TNA debut, and the crowd
has been loving it. However, they might not like it so
much when Joeís maiming their boy AJ. Iím real
curious as to the crowd reaction for this one. This
match could be the match of the night, itís probably
the favorite going into the show.
Jerry Lynn v. Sean Waltman: Lynnís
refereeing decisions during last monthís Styles/Waltman
clash set the table for this one. It reignites the
feud that put both of these guys on the map, way back
in Global Wrestling on ESPN. Iím mainly psyched to
see Lynn back in action in TNA, he was such a huge
part of the early days that itís been a little
strange without him in the ring for so long. Say what
you want about Waltman, but heís been delivering in
the ring as of late. These two will definitely be
motivated and the match could be a pleasant surprise.
Christopher Daniels v. ?: Daniels
is facing the winner of a vote on TNAWrestling.com of
indy stars who havenít set foot in a TNA ring
before. It looks like ROH Champion Austin Aries will
be the winner, he was leading the vote by a huge
margin at press time. I havenít seen any of the guys
in the poll (Roderick Strong, Jay Lethal, and Matt
Sydal are the other contenders), so I canít really
comment too much. We all know the greatness of the
Fallen Angel, so I doubt that the match could suck.
Since itís non-title, I wouldnít be shocked to see
the new guy get the win, especially if TNA is going to
use them in the future.
Monty Brown/Kip James v. Konnan/Ron
Killings with BG James as guest referee: Can
we finish this saga? Please? I think Iíve typed that
every month for the last six, but they still havenít
resolved this story. Iím not going to recount
everything thatís happened so far. Since BG slipped
up in an interview and said that he and Kip (aka The
Outlaw, aka Billy Gunn, aka Mr. Ass, aka Rockabilly)
will be teaming up soon, this could actually be the
final chapter. BG turns on his former homies in the 3
Live Kru and reforms the New Age Outlaws (except they
canít be called that). K-Dawg and The Truth go to
Miami to find Luther Campbell.
The Naturals/AMW v. Team Canada: Iím
really looking forward to this. Thereís tons of
backstory between all of the teams involved. Everybody
hates the Canadians, but AMW and The Naturals had one
of the best feuds in TNA history themselves. I hope
this kicks off the show, because it will definitely
get the crowd going. I want a wild, crazy brawl where
they go all over the arena. If it was my booking, one
of The Naturals would get the pin, and then get
destroyed by a jealous AMW. Itís time to turn them
Other matches on the show are
Abyss against Orlandoís favorite Lance Hoyt and
Shocker versus Alex Shelley. For matches that are
pretty much throwaways on this card, they should be
pretty damn good. Iím really looking forward to this
show, on paper it should be outstanding. Hopefully TNA
can keep the momentum rolling into their October debut
on Spike TV.
Thanks to Jason for the rundown, and you can look
forward to JL's full-length Sacrifice PPV Recap being
a part of OO's "catch-up update" immediately
upon my return home.
In breaking news, a FOURTH brand made
headlines last night... ROH finally took their title
off of WWE's CM Punk.
But they put it on WWE's James "Jamie Noble"
Gibson. Huh. Wasn't it just 2-3 weeks ago when I said
that ROH's preferred option for dethroning Punk was
Gibson, but that went down the toilet when Gibson
agreed to return to WWE? Looks like the only thing
going down the toilet is The Rick's credibility.
The title change took place last night, ironically
enough, in Dayton, OH. Allow the conspiracy theories
to beginulate! The Rick conveniently leaves town when
some jerkwater indie fed decides to come to Dayton and
shake things up! And now, I don't have to put them
over! Because I wasn't there. I was 2300 miles away!
Anyway, Gibson came out of a 4-way match (which also
featured Chris Daniels and Samoa Joe) with the gold.
Punk is believed to be done with his ROH bookings, as
tonight's ROH show in Chicago is billed as Punk's
"farewell match." Meantime, I guess Gibson
has at least a few weeks of freedom left before WWE
will bring him back as Jamie Noble. Otherwise, the
title change makes no sense.
I think Matt Hardy also exhausted his
ROJ commitments this weekend. I know he's got one
additional major indie show (teaming with Rhyno
against the Dudleys in the Duds' first match after
their WWE contract expires), but I think other than
that, Matt is now going to work exclusively for WWE.
Trish Stratus returned to a WWE ring
last night at a house show in Canada. She just did a
little non-physical angle in which she was
"interviewed" by Stacy, and the two did some
girly tittering at Lita's expense for a bit. Then Rob
Conway came out to hit on them. Then Viscera came out
to "save" Trish and Stacy and beat Conway in
Allow me: ugh. Reason one: Trish will come back as a
babyface, make no mistake. But that doesn't mean she
should be all friendly with Stacy and the other
Useless Divas; it goes counter to her established
character (which is fetchingly independent). And also:
the only interaction that should exist between Trish
and Viscera is Trish masterminding Viscera's demise.
He is, afterall, the "TV reason" why we've
been Trishless for 4 long months.
It's possible Trish just hit the show because it was a
short drive from Toronto... but these sorts of
appearances also tend to be harbingers of what we can
expect to see on TV. It might finally be time for
Trish to get back on RAW. Hopefully in a capacity that
makes a hell of a lot more sense than the little skit
they ran at the house show.
Speaking of TV returns...
Triple H's will not be happening "after
SummerSlam" as I've been discussing. Well, it
WILL be happening "after SummerSlam." Just
WELL after SummerSlam. October, to be precise.
The current plan is to hold back HHH's TV return until
RAW's return to USA Network on October 3. At that
point, who knows if WWE still goes with the HHH vs.
Flair storyline, or if they'll have something else in
I'm kinda torn on this...
One part of me wants to celebrate the fact that we've
got at least 6 more weeks of people other than HHH
monopolizing TV time.
Another part of me realizes that with Jericho being
mishandled (and quite possibly taking some time off
this fall to do Fozzy related things), HHH's absence
really does hurt the heel side of the RAW roster a
bit. Kurt Angle's good... but is Michaels staying a
heel after SummerSlam? If not, things get sparse. Then
again, might Edge be able to extricate himself from
some of the Matt Hardy "shoot" silliness and
be involved in something interesting.
And a third part of me is just a total cynical
asshole. Because when RAW jumps back to USA, they'll
be upping their cable TV penetration by a few
percentage points, and their average rating is likely
to tick upwards just a bit. Is HHH positioning himself
to be the man who takes credit for that, instead of
wanting to come back sooner and try to contribute to
fixing RAW's current stagnation in the ratings?
Probably not, but I wouldn't be an internet jack-off
if I didn't at least raise the issue.
So anyway: pencil it in... HHH (and Ric Flair) will
return to TV on October 3, if all goes according to
plan. Till then, it even looks like Trips' house show
and dark match bookings are gonna be limited. He's
completed the round of shows for which he was
announced, and will be focusing more on backstage
duties for the next 6 weeks or so. Such as trying to
perfect his technique for running Jericho out of the
company on a rail? Nah, that's just my Inner Jack-off
spouting off again.
A newspaper article last week
indicates that Detroit's Ford Field is already making
a serious play at hosting 2007's WrestleMania 23. It
would be the 20th anniversary of the WWF's
record-setting WrestleMania 3, held at Detroit's
SilverDome. And it would also mark WWE's return to
huge stadiums WM after 3 straight years of smaller
venues (WM20 at MSG, 21 in LA, and 22 in Chicago).
It's WAY too early to call Detroit a front-runner
based merely on a quote from Ford Field personnel, but
this might be a marketing slant that appeals to WWE.
Lord knows they are trying to turn back the clock to
the 80s in just about every other facet of their
business.... so why not try to recreate the magic of
WM3 by returning to a huge football stadium in
My only concern: we may still have Hulk Hogan, but
he's not the same Hogan we had in 1987. We don't have
anybody even close to an Andre. So how do you recreate
the WM3 magic? Without some serious foreplanning, WWE
might only underscore how less-thrilling the company's
top stories are today versus 20 years ago if they go
for the "anniversary slant." Then again: I'm
not joking when I say that if you DID want to try
this, you should seriously start booking for it NOW.
Start forging on-screen relationships/interactions
that can be built up believably and slowly over time,
only to be tragically torn asunder in 18 months.
That's the ONLY way you could do a WM23 that comes off
as a compelling "sequel" to WM3.
Dusty Rhodes has clarified his
situation with WWE. In a recent interview, he says
that he remains open to possibly working on the WWE
creative team, but that it'd only happen under
specific circumstances in which he knows he'd be able
to contribute meaningfully to a team that would
respect his input while also challenging him to
improve his own efforts.
As of now, though, he is NOT affiliated with WWE in
Instead, Dusty says he's only signed up to be a part
of WWE's "Legends" program. Which means
they'll bring him in to work on DVDs, set him up with
personal appearances, and stuff like that. You know
A little ratings catch-up...
Monday's RAW did a 3.7 cable rating. I think this is a
drop of a tenth from the week before, and continues
the trend of RAW performing below expectations.
Thursday's SD! did a 3.5 cable rating, which is about
as strong as the show has done since the end of the
Draft Lottery, and is finally back to roughly the
show's usual benchmark. Also: because of the vagaries
of cable vs. broadcast ratings, this was a week where
more fans watched SD! than watched RAW. That doesn't
happen very often these days.
There's been some drama related to
Diva Search Ashley's phone number (given out on
RAW)... first, the number only got you to the voice
mail of some dude (and boy, when I heard about that
last Tuesday, I was crossing my fingers that he was
some toolbox ex-boyfriend feeling Ashley's wrath,
because *that* would have been funny). But then the
story is that Ashley got the new phone number, and the
voice mail was the previous number's owner, and things
were all sorted out by the next day.
And now, apparently you can call the number and at the
very least hear Ashley's own message. And more than a
few people have said they've gotten through and
spoken, in person, to her. The conversations, not
surprisingly, have tended towards the brief and
awkward. This might be a great marketing ploy by
Ashley, but I can't imagine that there's a single
variation on this conversation that would be
interesting to her at this point. But points for
And as I start running out of
pertinent info to pass along, let's just quickly set
the stage for the coming week, with a look at Monday's
RAW, and how it'll lead into SummerSlam...
Because for as much as RAW has been missing the mark
lately, they might have the pieces in place to deliver
a quality show on Monday night. Although I kinda
"fantasy booked" an even better final pre-PPV
RAW (check the RAW Recap), WWE's broken my ideas for
meshing things together into a cool six-man match into
two different matches.
On RAW, we already knew that we'd get John Cena vs.
Chris Jericho and Carlito Cool in a handicap match; I
disagree with this match for many reasons (related to
how it waters down Jericho's credibility, how it keeps
Carlito from focusing on his IC Title, how it is
retarded to have Jericho and Carlito so chummy after
setting the tone of vague hostility between them a
month ago), but those are kinda smarky issues, and I'm
sure it'll go over OK with fans.
And now, it's been announced that Kurt Angle vs. Hulk
Hogan will be another marquee match. Which should also
be very entertaining (if guaranteed to end in a cheap
schmozz). Still: call me crazy, but wouldn't there
have been about a thousand better ways to book last
week's show so as to put heat on a Hogan/Angle match
(like having Angle show up during the post-promo
Michaels/Hogan brawl?), or on a tag match featuring
Hogan and Angle (again, I liked the idea of Hogan/Cena/Eugene
vs. Michaels/Jericho/Angle, as tying those storylines
together would have made for better TV over the past
two weeks, and then the pay off match on Monday would
have been the sort of match you slot for 25-30
minutes, and would have been tremendously
Still: two potentially good matches is more in-ring
promise than RAW's had in over a month. The show
hasn't had an above average match since June, I don't
think. The return of a bit of the Wrestling will be
Obviously, with Hogan/Michaels and Angle/Eugene being
the SummerSlam matches, it's a veritable lock that
Michaels and/or Eugene will be involved in the
Hogan/Angle main event. All I can hope for is that
somebody remembers that Angle and Michaels (despite
currently both being heels), don't exactly see
eye-to-eye, and give us a few interactions between
them to play that up. It could be as simple as Angle
claiming that he's gonna prove he's better than Shawn
by beating Hogan before Shawn gets the chance to do
it, or as complex as Michaels and Angle doing a series
of skits in which they overcome their rivalry for the
purpose of getting the better of Hogan. Lots of
possibilities there; I hope they explore some of them.
The Cena/Jericho feud is much more self-contained in
that handicap match. My guess? Jericho will pin Cena
via nefarious double-team means. Because that's WWE's
idea for how to build up Jericho's credibility. Dum
Matt Hardy vs. Edge is the fourth and final PPV-caliber
storyline to be addressed on Monday night. Last week,
Matt won a match, and Edge tried to make sense of the
"what's real and what's fake?" silliness
that Matt introduced a week before. Also last week,
Matt and Edge had their estimated 972nd and 973rd
pull-apart brawls. I don't know who'll talk and who'll
wrestle this week, but I'd put good money on #974
taking place. I wouldn't rule out #975. That just
seems to be how things go in this little storyline...
Other than that, non-PPV things likely to take up time
The Diva Search will be settled. I gather one girl
will be eliminated (and it'd better be Leyla,
America), and then the two remaining will do some
challenge to determine the winner. Either that, or WWE
will just award the crown to the one of the three
survivors who got the highest vote total over the past
week. I'm sure, at this point, that couldn't really
care much less. If the 2004 Diva Search taught us
anything, it's that it doesn't matter if you win or
lose, you STILL get a job.
Trish returned on a house show; again, that could be a
sign she's about to return to TV. It sure would be
nice having a girl I care about on RAW again.
Conway seems to be somebody's pet project. Viscera
isn't going away. I guess the Hurricane/Rosey vs.
Heartthrobs thing (and quasi-related Stacy vs.
Victoria things) is probably WWE's idea of a pressing
issue. Me? I'd focus on the bigger names and
SummerSlam-ready stuff to create a top-to-bottom
exciting show... but I wouldn't be surprised if some
or all of these little things show up on Monday night,
wasting valuable prime time air time.
And I'd be remiss if I didn't at least mention that
Monday's show is in Montreal. WWE already solved the
"Hebner Problem" a few weeks ago, but my
guess is that Michaels will be crucified if he shows
up in the arena. Those damned Canucks just can't get
over something that happened 8 years ago. And what of
Hulk Hogan's completely superfluous mention of Bret
Hart last week? I'd guess Red Herring. Because really,
what kind of physical role is Hart capable of playing
at this point? The answer is "not much of
one," and thus, I don't quite understand the
fixation people have on booking him like the situation
Still, whether WWE (via the Hogan mention of Bret) has
artificially inflated your expectations to the point
that they can do nothing but disappoint you or not, I
kinda think Monday's show is shaping up like it COULD
be a strong final bit of pre-PPV punctuation if they
just avoid some of the lazy mistakes they've made over
the last month. Two big matches, enough potential for
interesting interactions/skits/promos to fill in lots
of the rest of the show without resorting to
Heat-caliber crap, and I think you've got the makings
of a good show.
So of course, I'll not be getting to see it till I get
home on Wednesday. First ROH does a title change while
I'm out of town, now WWE looks like they might be
doing a quality RAW that I won't see till 36 hours
after the fact. Damn you all!
Luckily for you, you won't have to wait until I get to
watch my recording of the show and file a recap on
Thursday, or anything. Because Erin Anderson,
strengthening her already-remarkable stranglehold on
the Awesomest Broad in the Universe crown, stepped up
before I bolted town and volunteered to recap the show
in my stead. As Tenacious D once said, That's fucking
teamwork. So I'll have her bRAWd Recap ready to
publish as soon as I get home. It might be published
the better part of a day later than you're used to
getting your Recap, but it'll be a day quicker than
it'd be if I had to do the job myself. I always knew
repressing my standard assholitude and trying to be
nice to Erin would pay off some day....
Also coming in that immediate "catch-up
update": the TNA PPV recap from Erin's fellow
Atlantian, Jason Longshore... the RAW Satire from
Matt... Heat/Velocity Recaps from the Cubs Fan... and
maybe one or two other things, depending on how things
work out. Then I'll do a "make-good" column
on Thursday to get us caught all-the-way up on news,
and then I'll be quarterbacking the traditional Team
Coverage PPV Preview on Friday.
Things'll be back to normal soon enough, schedulewise,
folks. Just a few more days. Thanks for bearing with
me. Be safe and be well till then, and I'll be sure to
do the same on my trip back home...