Now I'm really wishing that we had LHC collisions this week to distract ourselves with... unfortunately, all eyes are on the U.S. economy. The latest shoe to drop is Washington Mutual, which just happens to be my bank! I'd been meaning to uh ... switch banks anyway ... right? Looks like JP Morgan Chase has us covered, for the time being at least. It's pretty surreal to be abroad during such a volatile time. Well, I hope Stephen Colbert suspending his show gives the economy the boost it needs. In case you need a laugh:
P.S. On a personal note, Aunt Helen, I hope your surgery goes smoothly today. My thoughts are with you.
I'm a post-doc in particle physics at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. I work on the ATLAS experiment at CERN, and I am stationed at CERN for at least a year... ok more like 2 at this point...