As I said, I'm taking the train to Chicago, and there's no Wi-Fi as we head through the desert, mountains and prairie, so I've prepared some pieces ahead of time and scheduled them to post over the next couple of days until I arrive Thursday afternoon. I've asked the elves watching over the homestead to make sure this all gets out, but I can't swear to their reliability.
The train is scheduled to leave at 6 PM from Union Station in Downtown L.A., so by the way you read this, we should be on our way. And I thought that that would make this especially appropriate. It's one of my favorite scenes from a train movie -- the opening sequence from the 1974 movie of Agatha Christie's, Murder on the Orient Express.