I returned home from my one-night business trip to Pittsburgh to some bad news. Desol Crab, our kids' beloved hermit crab, was pronounced dead by Amy, who had been monitoring him for the past week, trying to determine whether he had died or was molting. I haven't been able to talk to the kids yet to see how they're taking it, but it's likely that the prospect of getting another crab will cheer them up sufficiently. Still, it's a little sad to lose a cherished pet. We'll miss Desol, and will always have a soft place in our heart for our very first pet.