It seems this curse has followed me to the present day.
I thought the LFMTP paper was pretty decent, for, after all, it had been worked over pretty heavily in a few versions, and I had been helped a lot by Frank in writing it. Result: REJECTED, and I could hear the reviewers scratching their heads in the wording of the reviews.
I thought the HyLo paper was, relatively speaking, an incomplete piece of imprecise gesticulation that I wished I could make much better if I only had the time, but heck, I wrote it under some considerable deadline pressure since I only found out about the extended deadline two days before it expired. Result: ACCEPTED with two "strong accept" reviews.
In conclusion, I'm-a goin' to Seattle in August. Woo! I sure do want to make time to see the zillions of my friends that have settled out there.