Leading into the Thanksgiving season, something in the bareness of the trees and drop in temperature made me think of my cousin, Roberto Canessa, one of the two "Alive" survivors that climbed a 14,774-foot headwall to save himself, his friends and, he explained on the phone, his mother waiting in Uruguay.
Generally I approach accidents like a surgeon to her patients. Cool detachment. "Minor" incidents are a piece of cake. They are proof of our procedures working, every day. The major incidents are like old relationships -- you feel differently about each one. And for some reason, the missing Malaysian Airlines jet sticks out.