It was a morning of Crossed Words and Mixed Signals for Kathy today as she made the scene at 7th and Montana with an embarrassing story to tell. Instead of spending the day in Chicago with her family, as planned, she was sitting at Starbucks doing the Crossword Puzzle, as usual, with me and Genevieve. Why? "Well," she explained, "I got all the way to the airport last night, only to find out that I wasn't scheduled to leave until today." The story gets better: She didn't ask the airline whether they could still get her out last night, anyway. Instead, Genevieve, who had dropped her at the airport to begin with, made a return trip to bring her back to Santa Monica. For the record, folks, Kathy usually isn't this flighty ...!