At lunchtime today, while walking the streets of downtown Columbus, Ohio, a man in lederhosen ran up to me, his hand outstretched.
"Are you ready for Load 14?," he asked.
"Yes," I said, shaking his hand in what was intended to be an approximation of a complicated Masonic ritual. "Are you ready for Plan 9?"
It seemed to satisfy him. I suspect this does not happen very frequently in what Sarah Palin calls "the real America."