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Ugh, I hate when life gets in the way of good goldfish enjoyment. The last year hasn't been a great one for my family and me health-wise, although things are looking up. I just had the one-year anniversary of my brain surgery a few weeks ago, and we seem to have gotten my mom's issues under control as well. Here's to smoother sailing in the next 12 months! So although I was once again forced to take a Koko's sabbatical, I think it's safe to say that I'm back again, hopefully for keeps this time, although perhaps not quite as frequently as I'd like. And what's the latest with my finned friends, you might be asking? Not much, and that's a great thing. Astro the butterfly and Hula the bubble eye are alive and swimmin' and growing like weeds. The two of them are still the goldfish version of The Odd Couple, and they give me an awful lot of pleasure. Couldn't ask for nicer fish, or cuter ones, for that matter. I just posted a thread this afternoon with updated photos of both of them. My former ranchus are still going strong in the care of my best friend. It's been a year, and I can't believe how well she's taken to the world of goldie keeping. She was terrific enough to take the fish while I was in the hospital, and now she's downright crazy about them. I need to snap photos next time I visit. The biggest ranchu, King Triton, is ridiculously huge. And even dear old Chowder, the calico ranchu, is thriving, and going on 4 years I think. I wish so much that I could maintain a big tank again, but that's just not in the cards right now, and I'm so grateful that my little lovelies have landed in such good hands. I always scope out the available goldfish on the various sites, just for fun, and came across this positively stunning jade seal oranda tonight: I'm not normally a huge oranda fan, but I sure wouldn't boot this beauty out of my tank!