inter alia: "Here's the thing about blogging -- after September 11th, it just doesn't seem as fun. I really want to post stuff, because this is such a great way to communicate with folks back home in NE, or friends scattered to the four winds, but, lately, it just seems like I feel stupid writing about football, or books, or movies, or really anything. Because then I hit CNN or ABC news or any media and I hear more stories than my mind can really handle. [more...]" I guess Erik's not quite as prone to tuning things out as I am. I consider it a key skill, which I developed through years of practicing repressing my emotions, though I'm not sure if my reliance on it in this case is good or bad.