I've not been painting lately because I've volunteered to Chair the committee to handle all the local organizing for a scientific conference called Virtual Observatories in Geosciences (www.voig.net). Even though there are 6 committee members, I'm doing 75% of the work. One of the other committee members is an extreme pleasure to work with, she is very sharp and responsive. The conference is now less than 2 weeks away and the pressure's on. Next time I vounteer for something like this, I'll only do it if more folks on the committee are like her. Lessons learned.