Since I logged onto my blog against my best instincts (easier on the old bones than yard work)…Dave Barry never completely went away. But he took an indefinite leave of absence from his weekly column three years ago and has since restricted his work to Christmas gift guides and year’s-end reviews, as well as coverage of the odd political convention or Olympics and a couple of well-received books. In the meantime, the Miami Herald has been printing Dave Barry reruns. But on December 28, he published a brand new piece, These Cars Can’t Be Tuned, which looks every bit like a regular column and nothing like the occasional pieces that he has continued to do. I’ll keep my fingers crossed, but I won’t be surprised if it turns out that he had chosen this non-announcement to resume writing regularly.