First, I want to send good thoughts out to those still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. While the incoming storm stopped my research trip short so that we could get back to our house before any tunnels and bridges closed, we really didn’t suffer as much as those north of us. My less-than-four-hours power loss pales in comparison to those still in the dark and flooded. I hope that everyone affected gets help and care. In an ideal world, this week after such a great trip should have fueled my writing. But I found myself spending countless time on the internet looking at pictures of devastation and reading articles about how the effects of the storm will affect the coming election. Frankly,…