Off to Canada once again. In some funny way these weeks up north are like a vacation. Taping 15 shows in four days is grueling, easily the hardest work of the month, but because I have to focus on that and nothing else it means I can leave behind mundane worries about doing the taxes, catching up on podcasts, returning phone calls, and all the normal cacophony of day-to-day living down here. I even put a message on my office phone saying "I'm out of the country so I won't be able to return your call until next week." Of course my phone works just fine in Canada, but the words "out of the country" are like a magical talisman. No one expects a call back when you're "out of the country." I might as well be staying in a yurt in Outer Mongolia.