The first job candidate of the week . . .

The first job candidate of the week made it in last night – we’ll see if he can fly out on schedule tomorrow evening. The problem with flying out of Rochester or Syracuse in the winter time isn’t ROC or SYR – they know how to deal with winter up here. It’s getting the equipment out of, say, Philadelphia, NYC, or Chicago¬†during a big winter event. I’m so used to de-icing now that the extra 20 minutes on the ground after we pull away from the gate doesn’t even surprise me.

Sudden travel

I have to make a sudden trip South for a funeral. This is not a handy weekend for it, and I’ve spent a lot of time in the last 48 hours on the US Airways website. I must say its easy to navigate – the seat-choosing function is positively elegant!

Originally Rochester > Charlotte > Chattanooga.

Now, thank you Winter, Rochester > Boston > Charlotte > Chattanooga, and so much later-arriving in Chattanooga that the Tinklers won’t be at the visiting hours for Mr. Baker. We’ll still make the funeral Monday in Nashville, so long as US Airways holds up its side of the bargain!

Jesse Jackson (D-Mayo Clinic) resigns

This should be fun! No mid-term appointment!

¬†“It is with great sadness that we learned of Congressman Jackson’s decision to submit his resignation,” Pelosi said in a statement. “His service in Congress was marked by his eloquent advocacy for his constituents’ views and interests.”


The timing of Jackson’s resignation means he will not be sworn in for the new term beginning in January. A special election will be held for his seat.

First Frost

I was standing here at the kitchen counter (yes, I’ve gone to using a stand-up arrangement for my computers both here and at Houghton House) when I heard an awful racket outside. It sounded like someone in the parking lot was sawing pipe. I stepped to the kitchen window to see a neighbor scraping her frosty car windows. Summer is over!