Paris CDG Airport
3:49 a.m.

Sipping an Evian. Had a pain au chocolat and a croissant. Read a stack of magazines on the flight, then fell asleep. Elderly woman next to me seized my arm during turbulence then pulled away as if it had not happened.

There is really nothing you can do to forget you are going to Iraq.

I had some fine scallops before I left. They were served in a turret.

"Be careful," the barman said, "the turret is hot."

I made sure not to touch the turret. I liked eating at the bar because you were high up and alone.

A hurricane was coming, so the barman had to cancel a tattoo appointment. He was going to get a tattoo on his chest that read, "Royalty in Exile."

"It's a long story," he said.

It was a long story that maybe he wanted to tell. But that was a lot of letters to put on your chest, and I didn't see much mystery to it. I flipped the pages on the empty bar, no one to my left or right, plenty of room for the large white pages to fall slowly through the air, settling on the bar, as I searched with a small fork through yellow sauce in a turret for any remaining scallops.

The cab driver slowly lifted up a black nylon bag with two handles. Inside were a bulletproof vest and a helmet, but he couldn't know that as he set it down in his trunk.

E-mail Harrigan


I'm sorry, I don't understand which relative is "the Chop"... though I laughed anyway. At least your mom got close on the Burberry/Blueberry thing ... my mom doesn't know a Blackberry from a strawberry! It was good to see a blog from you today ... it had been a while! Stay safe in Iraq.

Amy
The Woodlands, TX


Steve,

I enjoy your blog and reporting. You tackle the tough jobs and get right into the story. When will you return?

Mike
Wyoming, MI

After such a great job of coverage of Katrina (in Miss. before and during the hurricane-then in the rescue boat), we have not seen Steve on FOX reporting. Where is Steve, our favorite reporter?

Jan & Bill


Steve,

I know you weren't trying to brighten anyone's day while reporting from Gulf Port as Katrina was showing her fury, but a friend and I were watching you from a hotel in Houston - safe from the storm - and smiling at your sense of humor. We needed that on that day as we watched our beloved city and the surrounding area take a hit from a terrible storm.

I'm not sure when I'll be able to return to the New Orleans area but I will.

Thanks again Steve,
Jo from NOLA


Steve, Just a short note to tell you how appreciated your coverage of Katrina has been to me. From the first images (almost comical) of you trying to stand in the wind to the fire burning in downtown New Orleans. You come off as the average guy but your work proves that you are far from average. All the best, Bill


Steve, I just found your blog, I must say that after watching your daring Iraq coverage that you are one of the most rugged and well-traveled newsmen in the business. You have a shade of Hemingway in you, even if you say you can't light a cigarette. I think I'd be doing a lot of smoking down there.

Martin