Spare a postive thought for faithful commentor Yatsuno (aka Yutsano):
At 10 am on December 17th, 2013, I go in to surgery at Swedish Orthopedic Institute to have my left hip replaced. This is to correct a disease called avascular necrosis, caused by steroids. And no I didn’t use them like Pay Fraud. :) I will have my computer in the hospital and will send/post updates as I have them. Off we go!!!
May your surgeons be skilled and your recovery swift, Yuts.
Other news of the cycle, per NYMag:
The political world is already fixated on analyzing a presidential race that hasn’t started yet, but we shouldn’t forget to speculate about the fate of the man leaving office in 2017. The New York Times reports that Obama insiders are already jockeying for role in building his presidential library, with top adviser Valerie Jarrett reportedly taking an interest in the project. There’s much to plan, from what issues Obama will focus on in his post-presidential years to where the library and foundation will be located. So far Hawaii, Chicago, and New York have expressed interest in hosting the library, though we suspect New York is just trying to annoy Chicago…