After yesterday's rant about "Patrick,", I apparently gave the mistaken impression that I was upset about the situation, and received many comforting messages. While I love the attention of course (my friends are the coolest!), I should clarify that I'm not in great emotional distress regarding the topic. It was just an expression of annoyance more than anything.
Truth of the matter is, I am a very happy camper these days, and even my most pressing problems don't really get me down that much. Like Johnny Nash, the obstacles in my life aren't gone -- but I can navigate them with a happy heart and clarity of purpose.