1. Yesterday the wind was from the south, which meant that I was running into the wind. Today, on my long run, I decided to run north, thinking I would trick the wind. 2. Guess what. The wind switched directions and was stronger than ever. When I turned around at the river (not pictured), I said to the wind, "You're kidding me, right?" and the wind said, "Lol." 3. Flying back from Pittsburgh this week, I sat next to a family -- a mother and father and three children -- who were seeing New York City for the first time. They were so excited! When the plane crossed through the clouds, they pointed at One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. I showed them Central Park and City Island in the Bronx. My cynical inclinations to say "Welcome to Hell" and "Make sure you give yourself three hours if you're taking the A-train" vanished. "There's really no other city like it," I said with knowing pride. "New York is so cool," said the teenager. 4. But then I heard the mother talking to another passenger, and it turned out that the family was staying in New York City just long enough to transfer to a flight to Orlando. "Have fun in Orlando," the other passenger said to the mother, who turned to me. "Thanks for being our tour guide." "Anytime," I said. 5. Our garden was filled with fallen leaves, which like votes in the United States did not add up to anything. Elektra scanned the sky for flying snakes. "They're all in the White House now," she said. 6. Like DT, I resolved to do something to "clean things up." Here's the "before" picture. 7. And here's the "after." 8. The pin oaks, unaware that the flying snakes had landed, glowed happily.