after way too long, I finally made a new post for my LJ and promptly, my account was hacked... I deleted two bogus posts that had a list of Russian website links. Seems, every time I've tried to interface with LJ in the past couple years, something like this happens or I'm deluged by a shower of spam comments or my post breaks and I can't post pics. Makes it hard to consider posting here.
ps I haven't given up yet though... I have changed my password and security question