So, I'm home sick today. I'm seriously streptolicious. It would have taken some major gumption to get off the couch and come in and infect my fellow BOTN'ers and TOTN'ers. There are only two things that could have propelled me into work, scarlet tonsils 'n all. One is this cake that Sarah makes (and she's a pushover, so she'd probably bring it to my couch). The other is the esteemed journalist, pilot and general suave-itude that is William Langewiesche. First of all, it's not just that he's generally in the middle of the biggest stories, getting the best quotes, but his prose is like... well, it's as good as that cake Sarah makes. The man can write. So, why am I still at home if Langewiesche is going to be on TOTN today? Because he's in London. Drat. However, the piece he's talking about "The Mega-Bunker of Baghdad"** is definitely worth hearing about — especially if you're wondering what 600 million dollars will get you in an embassy nowadays (for one thing; a food court). Any questions? Post 'em here. Spelling his name correctly feels really good — even if you have strep.
*Also, vice versa.
**No link, unfortunately... you'll have to either buy it, or stand and read it at your local CVS, Barnes and Noble, or dentist's office, depending on what errands you have to run.