I have also gotten an intermittent error when searching the forum recently. Using Mac OS 10.5, Safari and Firefox.
I don't recall the exact message, some sort of server error, or non response or something.
I get it exactly if I see it again.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.