The DSL that was working last night at the place I'm staying was dead this morning, so here I am back at a quiet Pepperdine, where the wireless works.
A lot of people have written about the forthcoming testimony by Lemond, and there's little I feel like saying about it because it may come off as biased one way or another. I'll just say that Lemond was the one that Mrs. TBV and I started watching together in the tour, and Landis the last, and now it has come to this. Sad, sad.
An emailer wanted to know if his take was correct. The data files that Landis wants exist, but USADA doesn't want them to have them "for fear of tampering", and that Landis should have gotten everything he could possibly have wanted by having Botre do things for them in a few days a couple of weeks ago. This sounds incredibly lame to the emailer.
Well, it's pretty much a correct summary as far as I can tell. The only data I think is missing is the complete mass spectra from the S 17 tests, and maybe data on the contemporary calibration and stability runs. This may have been considered "not relevant" and not copied off before wiping the drive from the instrument.
I also agree it is bogus and lame -- it's clearly an attempt to prevent Landis from seeing what the data really says, which is often found by interactive exploration over time. It seems to me the fair thing to do would have been to give each side a copy of the data and the analysis software, with the data checksummed, and available for live demonstrations during the hearing. That is, if this were a search for the truth.
After session yesterday, I got a chance to ask Amber Landis some things I'd been wondering about -- What's going on in the family at the moment. Floyd and Amber are staying with the team about 5 miles away from Pepperdine, and not at home in Murrieta. Their daughter Ryan is staying with a classmate friend who's getting her to school and helping with homework. She doesn't know if it's a good idea to bring Amber to see anything, because it's pretty hard going even for the grownup.
Howard Jacobs just walked by with his roller briefcase, the first one in at 7:30, followed by the janitor checking the state of the trash cans in the room.
The parties have parking in the faculty lot, with reserved spots. From this, we learn:
Hiltzik walked in to save his preferred spot, and is going down to Starbucks to load up.
Now the rest of Team Landis have rolled by, at 7:40. The place is starting to come alive.
Floyd wandered by, wearing a black jacket, shirt and tie. Mourning?
At 8:05, Young goes into the courtroom.