Seeking a man date

The NYT has coined the term “man date” for when two heterosexual men nervously spend time together without the excuse of business or sports. It all sounds rather like something from King of the Hill: Depending on the activity and on the two men involved, an undercurrent of homoeroticism that may be present determines what feels comfortable or not on a man date, as Mr. Speiser and Mr. Putman discovered in their squeamishness at the Modern.

Itinerary

It’s starting to look pretty empty in the house, as most of our stuff is now boxed to go. With that in mind, here’s our approximate planned route: I-90 to NY via Springfield, MA. I-90, I-87, I-84 to PA. Possible stops at New Paltz. I-84, I-380, I-81 via Scranton, PA. Possible stop at Harrisburg, PA. I-81 through MD to WV, via Hagerstown. I-81 through WV to VA. I-81, I-66, I-64, I-81 again.

Work

As far as work goes, today was a change of pace, as I was asked to travel to Virginia to give a presentation to a bunch of sales account managers. These are the guys who handle the big customer accounts and keep the million dollar deals flowing, and the company needs to make sure they know everything there is to know about Lotus software… so I was asked to go tell them where they can find everything there is to know about Lotus software.

OJ’s hunt for the real killers

US News: On the evening of February 1, two dozen American officials gathered in a spacious conference room at the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va. The time had come to make the public case for war against Iraq. For six hours that Saturday, the men and women of the Bush administration argued about what Secretary of State Colin Powell should—and should not—say at the United Nations Security Council four days later.

Takeout, delivered

The following are extracts from transcripts of two tape-recorded conversations between undercover investigators from the Office of Special Investigations at the US General Accounting Office and two gun dealers in Nebraska and Oregon, respectively. The calls were part of an investigation by the House Committee on Government Reform into the availability of long-range .50-caliber sniper rifles and armor-piercing ammunition. With an effective range of four miles an the ability to pierce several inches of steel, .