[We have] been notified by the National Apartment Association of a possible terrorist threat targeting apartments and hotels. . . . Attorney General John Ashcroft, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge and FBI Director Robert Mueller raised the national terrorism threat level to "orange" indicating a "high risk of terrorist attacks."
I note that the terror level was lowered back to "yellow" a few days before this notice was distributed, and that Al Qaeda's number two man was captured as well.
I bring this up to put into perspective my tardiness and lack of updates in this journal. Anyway, if my journal is similar to anyone's, it would probably be Scott Rosenberg's. Last time I was here, I was asking you to stay tuned to Josh Marshall and his investigation of election day shenanigans in New Hampshire. Well, he's done the followup and beyond.
Elsewise, I was promising to talk about what I did in Detroit and the funeral. Anyway, I'd rather not. There's too much trauma with me and that town for me to dwell on it in length. And that doesn't even have anything to do with the funeral, which turned out to be a ho-hum affair. And since I'm not going to talk about Detroit, it doesn't seem to make much sense to talk about the ride home, where I got stranded in the President's Weekend Blizzard. No posts about the 14 1/2 hour trip home. Eight of them being in Pennsylvania. Two of which being outside Pittsburgh behind a multi-car accident. (I wasn't involved-- don't worry.) Anyway, that blizzard was over two weeks ago, and the snow from it is almost gone. I suppose that story will have to wait for the eventual book.
Anyway, I've been following the news, but it's taken on a surrealness that's defied commentary.