- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 23, 2002

We saw a young man probably a Hill staffer walking to work yesterday near the Capitol. His athletic bearing, youthfully smart clothes and stylishly casual hair cut suggested that he and his friends probably think of him as cool. But the illusion of his sangfroid (what cool men were said to possess before the word cool was invented) was belied by a few odd movements. He was constantly looking around him, his head seemed to bob unpredictably and he didn't seem to be walking in a normally straight line. He wasn't exactly zig-zagging, but almost. Even a cool young man of 25 doesn't want a bullet in his head. He hadn't studied hard all these years, got a lovely young thing and damned good job just to end it all for no good reason. Perhaps we are projecting a tad, but it seemed as if that young man like a lot of us these days was literally walking a fine line between foolish nonchalance and unbecoming timidity. Usually we keep our inner fears hidden behind a facade of normalcy. But with the sniper and terrorists on the loose, the price of that facade has suddenly gone up. It's tough being cool today.

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