Welcome to the Wednesday that feels like a Monday. Here are some things that you might have missed while all the merriment was going on, although with some of these bits, you might prefer that I just post some more holiday videos.
- Travel across the country could be interesting as snow and wind continues to spread after leaving destruction from tornadoes and other nasty weather over Christmas.
- President Obama may cut short his vacation in Hawai’i to get back to work on the fiscal issues.
- A body has been found in the home of William Spengler, 62, the gunman who ambushed and killed two firefighters in upstate New York on Christmas Eve. It’s believed they are the remains of Spengler’s sister who lived with him. Spengler, who killed himself during the incident, left behind a screed about his plans to “do what I like doing best, killing people.”
- If you thought the schism at the Tea Party between Dick Armey, FreedomWorks, and the rest of that interesting group of wingnuts was just words and hurt feelings, apparently it was a lot more, verging on armed conflict. And that’s not a metaphor.
- Mitt Romney didn’t want to be president anyway. So there.
- Two amazing actors left us over the holidays: Jack Klugman, who gained fame on TV on The Odd Couple but had a long career on stage and screen before and after; and Charles Durning, a veteran of World War II and the kind of character actor that made small parts into gems.
- Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) was busted for DUI. I thought Mormons didn’t drink (yeah right).
- Queen Elizabeth II gave her Christmas speech to the nation and the Commonwealth in 3D.
- Speaking of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, it is Boxing Day in most of those countries, including Canada. For a lot of folks, it’s back to work for a short week. And for some, it’s the day to start writing thank-you notes.
Today I’m taking the Pontiac to the body shop for some cosmetic surgery and touch-up work in preparation for its debut as an authentic antique automobile. According to the rules of the Antique Automobile Club of America, it will achieve that status on January 1, and I’ve already registered it for its first nationally sanctioned meet in February. Yes, 1988 was twenty-five years ago.