This is Ezra writing -- thanks to Chris for doing such a wonderful job in my absence. He gets 50 blog points, redeemable for poorly constructed prizes at the counter.

Well, it has been fun.  I want to thank Ezra for the opportunity to make a fool of myself for fourty eight hours.  And, like every bad house guest, I stayed longer than expected, made a lot of long-distance calls and drank all the liquor.  Thank you, Ezra, and I'm sorry again for ever recommending you read Hugh Hewitt's book so you can make fun of it.

A couple of things before I leave.  I had been an admirer of Mr. Thompson's and found his Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail one of the finest books of campaign literature I have ever read.  This is a fine tribute, I think.

If you're in the Kansas City area, feel free to send me an e-mail

I'll leave you with some thoughts on something that probably interests only me (the Kansas City Royals) below the jump.  I'll see you in the comments section.

-Chris R