Free tickets are never really free.
Case in point: to get from Austin to Baltimore, normally a direct, 3 hour flight, I had to go through Houston and Jackson, Mississippi. From the time A picked me up to the time I arrived at the CPP's house was 10 hours.
The CPP is not actually here, but SAM is. Turns out the CPP got a last minute directive to go instruct the leaders of a major professional sporting organization in the finer points of what documents they can and cannot shred.
Just goes to prove you never know.
Anyway, despite the long journey, I'm really glad to be here. I needed a break from Austin, and DC is where so many of my closest friends live. It will be nice to catch up, get some rest, and, of course, get some dissertation work done at the LOC.