I start by bidding a sad farewell to Army Major Andrew Olmsted. He was killed by a sniper in Iraq on 3 JAN. Before he died, he entrusted a friend with his final blog post to be published posthumously. You don't have to read long before you realize that our great nation is eternally in the debt of troops like him who risk and sometimes lose their lives in their faithful service. As he asks that his life not be used by anyone to make a point, I'll say no more, but let his words speak for themselves.
We had to take down our pictures of our faces morphed onto animals or movie posters. The list of "Most Wanted Terrorists" who bore a strange resemblance to the surgical staff with scarves wrapped around their heads, such as the dread criminal, most wanted terrorist #6 "Hous Bin Pharteen." And yes, it was a early excuse to sweep away the menagerie of Christmas toys on the counter (don't you all leave Christmas decorations up until April?) However, as unlikely as it may seem, we are professionals, and work goes on, sans flair.