Reading some back stuff here... (reading...reading...)
Glad you are feeling better! I have some experience with depressive free-falls, and they suck. Primal has helped me a lot, in that the foods on the naughty list are turning out to be foods that really affect me badly, and I just never knew. So, all in all, I am feeling much more balanced than one year ago.
I love your description of your building's maintenance guy! Have you ever been a writer in a past life? Seriously.
New species discoveries both scare and excite me - they scare me in that I figure that now their existence is public, some shithead poacher army will head off into the wild... And excite me in that somehow we haven't managed to absolutely screw up every corner of the planet yet.
I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC