I'm back from my trip to the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Back in the country that actually calls itself "The Land of the Free," right in the country's name (Thailand). I'm very happy to be here, to be home.
The less said about the trip the better, although I'm sure that it will come up. After the nightmares stop, maybe.
Google, and Hotmail too for that matter, decided to protect me from myself for the entire trip. On this trip, and for the first time, after ten years of traveling around and signing in from everywhere, they decided that I was a security risk to myself because I was not at my customary IPO. There was nothing that I could do to convince them that it was me, either. Believe me, I tried. I was provided with codes that somehow never "matched the code in our files." Even after I got back it took me a half hour to convince them that it was me now and it had been me in Los Angeles too. I'm sure they'll apologize.
Nice to be back. Sorry for the forced absence.