Mike, I am totally not trying to be dramatic here at all - I think you have every right to try to keep the thread on the topic you chose when you wrote it - but I am not nearly as interested in having the conversation you want to have as I am in the conversation I want to have, based on what your post prompted me to start thinking about.
Thanks for the food for thought!
Wow. But, what if I was interested in both lines of conversation? Really...