My good friend Jim Swofford reads this blog, and good friend that he is, he struggles mightily to understand what the hell I'm talking about. That's what your old friends do: the rest of the world just moves on to the next blog.
Anyway, this morning he wrote with a theory of why I wasn't convincing him of much: He hasn't actually seen me since the 1980s, back when I was basically a scrawny little liberal college boy. His mental image of me, he said, dates to 1984.
"This doesn't have a big impact on the Iraq war or the budget deficit, but I
thought you might be interested anyway. I'm working hard to take you
seriously, but heck, you're 20 year younger than I am."
So, in case the rest of you are wondering, I these days I look like a cross between George Clooney and John Wayne, only smarter and more physically intimidating. Oh, and chicks dig me...