It was early in the morning, and I had a bit of a nose sniffle. Unfortunately nobody on my team had any sudafed, so I went out on the streets of
downtown of LA and asked around to see if anyone had any drugs.
is not something a white man should do in the vicinity of where most of LA's
crime statistics originate. The security
guard at the hotel - a man with a bald head, long face, and hideous
moustache - who is at least twice as
scary as the man who mugged me - said it served me right. He started
lecturing me about the perils of ignoring "moral hazard".
Meanwhile, the campaign has
seriously veered off course for John McCain this week with a large dip in the
polls (Obama is up nine
points). John McCain's new found love of regulation - after decades of
trying to scrap most of it - has outraged
the elites in Washington who believe in "holding people to their words".
But he's made a massive strategic blunder after he threatened to
cancel several appearances - including the first presidential debate. Although
for me - the bigger outrage is him cancelling
his appearance on Letterman. The tactic seems to have seriously misfired.
Obama is not that good at debating anyway - and he'll be able to continue
selling his message direct, while McCain travels back to Washington in one of
cars and bunkers down in one of his eight homes.
McCain's panic here is so
real you can almost cut it with a knife. Perhaps because it's a tragic event he
can completely empathise with. Millionaires are in trouble -- that's something
he can relate to. His campaign team are treating it like it was some sort of
Hurricane Katrina for the rich.
Meanwhile, I've decided to cancel all my
filming engagements for the rest of the week, too. Not so much in sympathy for
Wall Street, or out of panic about being mugged, but just because I can't be
So, I don't have a wallet, and I'm basically dependent on the
crew to be able to bail me out of this situation. But since I'm the only one who
signed the rental agreement on the car, I think we'll be able to work something
out. Mind you, I think I would prefer it if my trip was a little less