Well, I think I fixed it....
apparently my computers battery is dead.... the date was set to January 1969... I just changed it to the correct date and now the thread opens normally.
Why that would matter, particularly on that thread, I do not know. Maybe it's just a coincidence and the date had nothing to do with it.
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.