This afternoon James Baker III, former secretary of state, kissed me on the cheek. That is all.
Okay, here's the story. He's an old family friend of my friend K (the one with the new kittens), and he was in town this afternoon with Madeline Albright, Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, and Warren Christopher for a two-hour talk called "Bi-Partisan Advice to the Next President." It's supposed to be on PBS eventually. James Baker had the conference site invite K and me to the lunch afterwards (dry chicken on white rice with soggy veg) and then we got to ride to the local airport with him in his towncar. He and K talked about family stuff, mostly, and I stayed politely quiet, but I got the gentlemanly buss as he said goodbye. I did not go "Phew! Republican!" and swipe my face with the back of my hand.
The big laugh from the talk was when James Baker said, "Madeline did something I never did, which was kiss Yassir Arafat," then Madeline Albright said, "I invented kissing diplomacy," and then Colin Powell said, "I kissed Yassir Arafat too."
Other conclusions: 1) Colin Powell should have served better people. 2) If I lived with Henry Kissinger, half my life would be spent screaming "TAAAAALK FAAAAASTER!!!"
I've spent the past week in Birmingham AL with my folks. I haven't uploaded all my pictures from NCAA Rounds 1 & 2 but here's the Sloss Furnaces, once one of Birmingham's major employers, now an industrial monument: