They finally let me come back to work. And contrary to rumors, they had not cleaned out my office. I put a couple of surgical masks on the edge of my desk, just in case anyone was nervous about talking to me, but so far, no takers.
Strangely enough, it was nice to get back into the routine. Although deciding what to wear is more difficult, especially with the temperatures now in the 80's - quite a change from the *SNOW* of last week.
How awesome. US Forces Capture Abu Abbas.
U.S. led forces in Baghdad have captured wanted Palestinian terrorist Abu Abbas.
He was sought for the 1985 hijacking of the Italian passenger ship the Achille Lauro, during which terrorists shot and killed elderly wheelchair-bound U.S. passenger Leon Klinghoffer, throwing his body overboard.
[This war on terror is producing unanticipated - tremendous - results.]
On a brighter cruise ship note, I saw an interesting headline on the CNN screencrawl: Norwegian Cruise Lines has purchased the SS United States, with plans to restore it to its former glory.
The Miami-based company said it will convert the ship to a "state-of-the-art, modern cruise ship, creating 1,000 maritime jobs and 5,000 shoreside jobs.
Norwegian plans to use the ships for mainland U.S. stops. The cruise line converted another fabled ocean liner, the SS France to the SS Norway, which is used as a Caribbean cruise ship.
The 51-year-old ship, designed by Philadelphia-born naval architect William Francis Gibbs, still holds the record for the fastest Atlantic Ocean crossing -- three days, 10 hours and 42 minutes. Its service speed is 35 knots. At 990 feet, it is the longest passenger vessel ever built in the United States.
Why is this interesting? Because the SS United States has been a rusting hulk docked about two miles south of my pier, a shabby retirement for a once grand lady.