Snail blogging. How it's done when you're laptop free at 30,000 feet flying cross country. It IS possible to blog from up there -- there's a Verizon plug-in feature in the back of every middle seat on both United and Continental -- if you DO have a laptop, but so far it's prohibitively expensive. On the ground, there's wifi, of course, but we're not there yet.
On our way to Cleveland (via Chicago) Wednesday, we kept the blogging monster at bay by feverishly handwriting (you remember pens) in our little SpongeBob notebook. "Gotta get a laptop," we wrote:
Hey, Tuck, Valentine's Day is coming up, and I don't want one of those obscene "Vermont Bears." Have you seen the ads? A bevy of cheap B actresses saying things like "It's bigger than I thought it would be" and "I want to kiss it." Then a particularly airheaded red-lipped toothy blonde bimbo says "Wait till you see the gift I've got for YOU." Forget wardrobe malfunctions. Where's the FCC when you need it?
But speaking of sex appeal and the boundaries of good taste, our Christmas socks with bold sunburst patterns on black background were a big hit with the inspection gals. If you're going to have to take off your shoes in public anyway, flaunt it!
If we had any entrepreneurial talent at all, we'd be writing a marketing plan this very minute for a line of designer hose to knock the socks off our fellow travelers as we pad through the inspection gauntlet. Then we suppose some nihilist type would pick up on our initiative and come out with a line of suicide socks with built-in explosives.
Here's the lobby-blogging setup we told you about yesterday at the Hampton Inn in North Olmsted, Ohio. That's our mock-omelet-and-sausage breakfast sandwich upper left. As we mentioned before, just beyond a couch on the other side of the computer console was a big-screen TV tuned in to FOXNews.
Even without the stimulus of news and opinion from the fellow cybertravelers in our blogroll, the febrile blogging brain remained alert during our travels. It was a "snail link" from long ago -- an old-fashioned newspaper clipping from the New York Times Science Times nearly ten years ago to the day -- that helped clarify our thinking about what went wrong with the Democrats. Watch this space for details.