Well, apparently for him and some other expat Americans on the bus this was an "emergency." I was requested to hurry to the New York Times site and check out the score of the World Series. Ahhh, so that's why I had heard him turn on the diningroom table laptop for just a second before he left for work.
OK, the Yankees (personally I never liked them, they made me think of boring white bread) were ahead in the 8th inning. He asked me to check again in a few minutes. I did and then called him with the news he had wanted to hear: