Just arrived last night in Arlington in preparation for the ISEP board meeting, commencing this afternoon with a strategic planning session. Accompanying me is House of Earth, a Woody Guthrie novel from the 1940s which was never published, until the manuscript was recently discovered. The text dates from the same era as Grapes of Wrath. I'm an habitual reader of books with some connection to where I'm travelling, but this idea was Sandra's, who knows my habits too well. It's a great read, introduction by Johnny Depp and Douglas Brinkley. I also like to get out and about a bit when I arrive somewhere, so went to a local bar for a (vegie) burger and to watch a bit of baseball last night. I thought the Orioles might get up against the Yankees, but they eventually went down in the 10th inning. And the Red Sox lost so a double blow at the start of this trip. Woke up early this morning and went for a run down to the Arlington cemetery and the Iwo Jima memorial. You can't escape America's war history in this part of the US, and they do the memorials very well. I couldn't help wondering though at the number of headstones in the cemetery. Running back I was obviously distracted by these thoughts and forgot they drive on the right side of the road here. I managed to avoid disaster, but I feel now I have well and truly landed in the US. And I'll stick to pedestrian crossings from now on as well.