I'd like to suggest to everyone concerned to not let these threads, which many have found valuable, degenerate into interpersonal pissing matches.
People read these to learn and advance their craft, and as "real" as some of the personal issues may appear to some participants, they are a distraction for many. I have received no less than five emails over the past day or so requesting that I intervene here.
So, I'm closing this thread. There is no last word.
If anyone would like to start a new thread focusing again solely on the topic of Blend If, that would be fine.