Monday, December 12, 2011, at 11:39AM

By Eric Richardson

It's been a bit, hasn't it?

Various topics that I've neglected to mention here over the past year and a half: starting a newspaper, closing a newspaper, looking for a job, taking a job with a public radio station and moving twice (though only a few blocks each time).

And yet with all of that, it is actually a vacation that has me getting this blog back up and running. On Saturday, Kathy and I will board the world's largest airplane and head off on a 15-hour flight to Australia, where we'll spend a few days in Sydney and a week in Melbourne.

Back in 2000, when I did things like blog, I spent six weeks in Sydney. It only seems appropriate to bring the site back up to speed before I return.

I do anticipate taking more photos this time around. Back in 2000, most of the visuals I left with were crappy camcorder video. I think I've gotten a little better at taking a picture since then.