November 2001

Coffee, Tea, or Frangibles?

The events of September 11 are still fresh, and they sting, and even infuriate me. Every day seems to bring a new insult, either the mounting confirmed death toll (which seems to have settled around 6,000), or a new videotaped message from Osama bin Laden.

Beyond the daily irritations, however, more serious factors are at work. For instance, there is a new emphasis on security that Americans will have to live with, primarily at airports. I donít have a problem with that, except that I wonít be able to carry my 3-inch Spyderco pocketknife on board airplanes any more. Thatís a shame; it was handy for opening packages of crackers.

Since Iíll have to put up with inconveniences small and la...

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