Well, I made it, and am sitting here in the CES. I have a few moments, so I figured I'd jump in here briefly. "Making it” was not as simple as it sounds – there was horrible, dense fog around the Cajon Pass for about 5-10 miles. Traffic didn’t come to a standstill, but slowed to about 25-30 MPH. (Normally, people are zipping by around 75 MPH.) I’d say that visibility was only around 70 feet. It was somewhat eerie, driving through the pass and foothills, at least what of them one could see, surrounded by the miasma..
I gather from the radio that heavy rains were beginning to hit Los Angeles, and they're expecting a lot of mudslides. -- though eventually I got too far away and lost the KNX CBS Newsradio signal. It was starting to sprinkle when I left at 6:30 this morning, but nothing problematic.
Also, before I lost the signal, I was able to hear most of President Obama's press conference about executive orders he'd be making for gun control. The signal got very staticky as he described what he'd be signing, but I got a pretty good sense. But I heard almost the entire speech leading up to it. I'm sure it will drive Republicans in Congress crazy, as they pander to the their corporate-own NRA overlords (horrors! Making everyone have the same background-check rules!), but I thought it was a reasonable first step. And considering how little has been done to confront the continuing debacle of gun deaths and mass murders, a "reasonable first step" seems like a leap across the Grand Canyon.
Anyway, I've got to head now into the morass. CES beckons. And Pepcom's Digital Experience event (for press with a ballroomful of vendors and food (!) awaits tonight. Then, the ShowStoppers event tomorrow night. And the CES circus in between.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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