We had a lovely dinner chez famille IOZ last night. Mom and Dad prepared grilled pork with a sweet onion marmalade and a blanched-then-sautéd broccolini dish. Brother of IOZ brought the cigarettes. I brought a bottle of Pastis and a couple bottles of Jaboulet Parallèle "45", one of my current favorite $15-and-under reds, a very pleasant, rather spicy Côtes-du-Rhone that suits grills and outdoor meals very well. Talk turned, as it does, to politics. Mère IOZ suggested that the best bet at this point would be to redirect the exponentially increased opium production of Afghanistan toward Iraq. This is a basic medical principle, isn't it? Anesthesia before extraction? Granted, we're extracting ourselves. Physician, heal thyself!