I guess I was in California for a week and a half. I thought I had said something about that, but I guess not.
It's weird to return to New England after spending time in California. You don't realize until you've been gone awhile that Massachusetts has a distinctive smell, but it does - dead leaves, fetid soil, mysterious antiquity. Traveling from California to Massachusetts in the space of a day is like going from Less Than Zero to "The Dunwich Horror" -- one minute it's all, like, "No one ever merges on LA freeways", the next you're crawling across cyclopean ruins and among the abandoned hulks of dead civilizations. Fun!
Anyway, expect real blogging to resume tomorrow. For now, here's some pictures of Helen Mirren: