After Friday, August 5, I will be absent from our newscasts for a while.

I will soon be undergoing a total hip replacement.

If you're saying, "Wait, didn't you do that LAST summer?"..the answer is yes.

I had the left hip replaced in July 2010...and it was so much fun I decided to do the other side as well.

Or my surgeon needed more practice...or money!

Either way, I will soon have two bionic hips and hopefully, less pain.

But like Douglas MacArthur...I will return....especially in time for our new 9pm newscast to start in September.

I'll miss you, and I hope you miss me, too.