Admin Post May I announce that Gerald is no more, and no laws were broken in his beheading. Actually, while I was present for the event, I was looking the other way at the moment of Gerald’s demise, not that I would not have cared to see him dispatched. Who, you might ask, was Gerald? Gerald was a skin lesion on the back of my neck, who had been there since the mid ‘70s, the Gerald Ford years. This stupid, tiny little thing, had been flaring up occasionally ever since. I could never get a doctor to take it seriously, until now. Gerald and I had an uneasy truce for decades. He would only irritate me on rare occasions and I could squeeze him like a pimple and everything would be fine, sometimes for months on end. But a few years ago, I was using something on the order of a hand sanitizer and wiped a bit on the back of my neck. Gerald must have been sensitive to alcohol, because ever since then, the durned thing gave me hell. Amazingly, Gerald’s beheading was swift and painless. < 1 CC of Lidocaine and one painless slice and Gerald was off to wherever evil skin lesions go when they die, with a short visit to the pathology lab on the way. Had it been malignant, it would have spread long ago, but according to the Doctor, Gerald was only 3mm in diameter. My guess is that Gerald was actually a foreign body lodged in my skin, possibly gravel from an asphalt shingle. Whatever the case, by all appearances, a very thin slice into my skin seems to have done the trick. I won’t know for a month or so, but all current indications are good and the Doctor felt that he had gotten to the root of it. I just had to post this. How often does someone get to say that they had their nemesis of 45 years beheaded?