The Arte y Pico Award was supposed to be a going away on vacation post, but when I got up on Friday morning to check the blog, I saw this notice:
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Of course, I was shocked and began asking myself: What did I do to incur the wrath of the mighty Google?
Was it because I don’t use an “authorized” Blogger template?
All of the fears of my Black immigrant heart were awakened. What was next Homeland Security? Google rifling through my Gmail account? La Migra?
As is the nature of the Internet, one of my blogger colleagues, Dave Lucas, stepped into the fray with this post: Around The Blogosphere 02 August 08
Thanks for your support, Dave!
And then, this morning I checked my blog, all was well.
It was as if nothing had happened. No apologies, no text message, no e-mail. Nada. Not even cab fare.
All I know is that I’ve backed up my blog and hope that when I come back from my vacation (they may delete me forever after this post), it will still be here.