Notes: This Christmas week the color-coded terror alert was raised from yellow to orange. It struck me as ironic that it had been yellow while Saddam was on the loose.

Also during Christmas week, the first case of mad cow disease in the United States was diagnosed. A cow unable to walk at a slaughterhouse was determined to be ill with mad cow disease.

Additionally, the flu outbreak continued along with a shortage of flu vaccine. However, the flu season has peaked in some areas of America, so even if you didn't get a flu shot, you may simply avoid exposure

I like off-the-wall dialogue, and indulged myself in this one for the holidays.