Bah, that was the negative -- which i am working to ameliorate for my return. The positive was that i had brunch with my parents in Chapel Hill (inadvertently choosing just the right time for Chapel Hill to be a ghost town: it was graduation and many folks were off in the stadium). The day was beautiful and, as i ascended the Blue Ridge escarpment, it was like watching spring run in reverse. I can't believe i've never noticed fringe trees before. Chionanthus virginicus is what i've seen around my new home. I thought i was seeing it as i drove through Virginia and West Virginia but apparently it's some other tree that flowers in a similarly delicate dangling manner -- at least at highway speeds.
I took a nice break in West Virginia driving down the New River Gorge to Thurmond. It's a National Park and almost a ghost town. I stopped for dinner in Chillicothe, Ohio. Some time i'll need to arrange my travels so i can visit some of the mounds remaining from the Hopewell cultures.
Yesterday i had a lovely lunch with KQ, a woman who i used as my pretend manager during the time working for the horrible horrible director KS. She's not managing now, as well, and i wasn't sure what to say. I thrive not being a manager: i'm not sure she's doing so.
Dinner was with my California colleagues and one of the local folks. I ordered a salad that was delivered with bacon bits on it. I chose not to make a fuss, and assumed i'd made the error in missing the meat in the listing. Having not had meat for such a long while, i found the bacon unappealing enough that i may begin double checking salad orders in the future if it's at a restaurant where they might add bacon as an elegant finishing touch.
Regarding the news, the New York Times says (and i imagine wide, innocent eyes) that the President's handling of intelligence "could ... open the president ... to accusations of a double standard." I'm not sure how one opens a door that's been blown off its hinges.
I'm not sure how i feel about the NYTimes coverage. There's something on the edge of gleeful tattling in statements like this (admittedly not in the body of an article but in the more conversational morning briefing). Instead of comparing this event to campaign rhetoric and hyperbole, i think i would appreciate something more grounded. How have we shared IS intelligence with Russia in the past? I am glad for the officials who broke the story, but i really have no idea how outrageous it is. Assuming a responsible, normal president, and assuming intelligence that was ours to share, would a president actually broach issues like that? I suspect so, but maybe it's handled in other ways? I've no idea.