Sources at Kaffeeklatsch News(ish) have today obtained a copy of a memo circulating from the headquarters of the National Rifle Association (NRA) to conservative news sources. In the aftermath of the United States' most recent mass shooting, the NRA sought to remind these news sources of their prime directive of obfuscation. Below is the text of the original memo, dated July 23, 1998, and updated in January 2014.
(I’m prone to alliteration. I won’t apologise—it’s a mindless form of entertainment and relatively harmless if taken in limited doses).
My first full day in Manila finds me fully rested and up at a relatively normal time. Trips flying west are typically not as bad as those heading east, but I tried to reduce residual jet lag by staying awake for most of the flight from LAX to Taipei. I had a nice sleep at the hotel in Taipei, a full day with my friend Sylvia in Manila, and a mostly good night sleep last night (getting up every hour to pee away the Elevation-Induced Elephantiasis notwithstanding).
This morning, I got up refreshed at 08:30 and came out to find a lovely breakfast of fruit and croissant awaiting me, while Sylvia (ever slender and lovely) works out at the gym.
I walked about taking a few snaps of this lovely residence (Roland is the Belgian Ambassador), and then, my idyll came to a crashing halt: no WiFi.
No cellular, either, as I haven’t had a chance to buy a SIM card. In other words, I find that I am stranded. Un-tethered, un-linked, alone in an etherless world; un-hinged, as it were.
Just me and … my thoughts and a laptop.
After my momentary panic subsides (okay, not so momentary: I went through every single setting on my iPhone to see if I had missed a button sequence that would magically launch the WiFi), I figure out that being un-hinged isn’t such a bad thing at’all!
I wrote up the posting about Upper-Case Compression Socks with no distracting research-induced rabbit holes. I simply marked those places I wanted to research later, AND I MOVED ON.
So there you have it. I am un-wired and still breathing!