December 12th, 2009

Conrunner Kevin

Out & About in Columbus

Today I slept in -- 8:30 certainly being a lie-in if you've spent the past week getting up as much as four hours earlier -- and took my sweet time over breakfast. To give housekeeping time to do my room, I went and walked a mile on the treadmill. (I needed to exercise anyway, having had one of those sweet rolls in the breakfast bar.) Then it was another soak in the hot tub. I ambled back to my room thinking of maybe actually starting to do something today.

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It was not a terribly productive day. But the weather was very nice for this time of year: about 6 C (around 43 F) and bright sunshine. I needed my sunglasses. With a 90% chance of rain on Sunday, I'm much happier to have been out today doing errands. Tomorrow I'm apt to be cooped up in the hotel room trying to get more work done on the project that is the reason for me being here in Columbus in the first place.
Not Sensible

The Watts Incident

I hope that by now most of the people on my friends list have heard of the Peter Watts Incident. Watts, a Hugo Award-nominated writer, was detained and charged with assaulting Customs & Border Patrol Agents as he was returning to Canada. (Yes, CBP agents do apparently sometimes inspect people leaving the USA.) The Port Huron Times-Herald has what amounts to the CBP's version of events here and here.

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As I've said elsewhere, as a white, male, native-born American with a family pedigree stretching back before the founding of the USA, it's relatively unlikely that I'll ever run afoul of the CBP. I don't meet their profile, mostly. I know how to act meek and quiet and answer their tick-box questions the way they want to hear them. But that makes it that much more incumbent upon me to protest when incidents like this happen, lest there be nobody to speak for me when the Security Police comes for me.