I checked to know, relievedly, that three friends of mine who are in Las Vegas are OK and safe. But I had to check.
Degrees of separation mean that tens of thousands of people know friends and loved ones who were on the Vegas Strip who are now dead or wounded or who came thisclose to being dead or wounded.
I felt the need to note this, as inarticulate as I now feel about what happened.
A Note: My earlier entry this morning, I wrote it last night before the shooting happened and set it as a scheduled entry — scheduled so that it posted after the killings. I didn't want that to be the only thing on my blog today.