A rare burst of domestic productivity will keep me out of the office for a few weeks in late August and early September.
I’ll be posting less frequently, giving you all more time to enjoy the best part of the year in the Northwest.
I may also take a break from the column for a week or two, in which case the paper will run what we call an “alibi.”
Alibis don’t usually say that columnists are on vacation, because some fear that’s an invitation to burglars. Instead they say something like “Columnist Joe Blow is on assignment.” My favorite alibi is the one that says “this columnist is off,” but it’s up to the editors to choose the most appropriate excuse.