AIR TRAVEL UPDATE: My flights to and from Palo Alto went fine. Security was okay at this end, but at San Jose's Norm Mineta International Airport it was just about what you'd expect at an airport named for underperformin' Norman: slow, with long lines, and screeners who didn't seem very good.
Now a colleague who travels a lot -- a big Democrat, by the way, not a government-hating conservative -- just stopped by my office to rant about having to wait in a long line only to see, when she got to the gate area, 17 (she counted) uniformed TSA agents sitting in chairs watching the NBA playoffs.
She said she wished she'd had a digital camera with her so that I could post the picture. Me too.
UPDATE: This happened in Austin, Texas, for those who are wondering.