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Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Watcher of the Skies

There's nothing quite like seeing a sniper on the rooftop of a nearby building.

Prevailing theory at work is that someone important in geopolitics is staying in or near the aforementioned building.

This is, of course, not anything I had to deal with back in Worcester, or in college, where the biggest danger to one's safety was drunk fraternity pledges doing something incredibly stupid as a part of an arcane (or pseudo-arcane) ritual.

Could you imagine any group of people in Washington playing "Water Assassin?" I couldn't imagine college without "Water Assassin."

Just a daily reminder that the stakes are higher here, so to speak.

Sometimes it feels better to be powerless, even though power is the currency by which things are measured in this town. I have a lot more freedom to move around unnoticed than many in this city, if for no other reason than the fact that no one really much cares where I go. It's the closest thing to privacy we can really hope for these days; if they're really watching all of us, their signal-noise ratio is so low as to make it pointless to really watch any of us.


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