Given my current circumstance, a line from a Donald Fagen song springs to mind: "Drive along the sea, far from the city's twitch and smoke..."
I'm situated seaside all this week, so new writings will be sporadic or, even better, non-existent. The normal regimen will resume next Monday, July 14.
In the meantime, I did play the Republican veepstakes game in a print column yesterday, with readers posting their own choices. Others have emailed me to lobby for this person or that. Feel free to add your own here.