Hi y’all, after spending about 18 very exciting hours yesterday exploring Our Nation’s transportation infrastructure (note: airports suck), I’m finally ensconsed deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas. The pre-trip work frenzy is over at last, and now I’m getting ready for my [classified]-year Palestine High School reunion (oh jesus). A veritable slew of articles are sitting half-finished in the old e.politics notebook, so let’s see what we can get through over the next couple of days, assuming I’m not too busy making things up for the benefit of my former classmates (“There I was. There I was. In…The Congo…”). Wish me luck! (I’m a-gonna need it). Please send booze.