It is axiomatic, with varying degrees of seriousness, that when we travel overseas, a substantial story breaks in the United States. When we were covering the Mandela election in South Africa, President Richard Nixon died. When we were covering the Pope's visit to Havana, Monica-Gate broke in the pages of Newsweek. Today, while the NBC Olympic compound was preoccupied with the departure of Michelle Kwan, an AP News Alert told us of a "shooting accident" involving Vice President Dick Cheney on a hunting trip in Texas. It is safely the most bizarre story we have tonight, second to the new record for snowfall in the City of New York. Most of our traveling party has been on the phone all day with loved ones at home, green with envy that we are missing this substantial blanket of white over the weekend. In my house, it meant instructing my son by phone on exactly where to shovel a path for the dog to negotiate the steps off the back porch. Others are asking their significant snowed-in others to relate the stillness and other-worldliness at home. Kevin Tibbles has forged new ground with a primer on all things Canadian, and enjoyed some quality time with our producer Subrata De, as proud a native of Thunder Bay as there has ever been. We will originate again tonight from a downtown piazza, and will like most at home settle in to watch the Olympics coverage tonight. We hope you can join us.