Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Shuttle diplomacy

You meet some interesting people on the airport shuttle bus from the Twin Cities to Eau Claire, Wis. The perky young woman in the shotgun seat was sporting some spectacular tattoos and punkish accent jewelry. Her hair was a brilliant red.

She was happy, so very happy to be coming home. It has been five years. She lives in Wyoming, where the snowboarding must be fabulous. But this is Wisconsin in June, not a bad place either. She'll remember soon enough. Her old friends will help her. So will cold beers and refreshing lake water. And the music on her iPod.

I was curious what she was playing, but you don't want to interrupt someone who is so thoroughly engaged in her music. She's a rocker, that's for sure.

She was talking on her cellphone as we got off the bus, so I handed her an SSS card and told her to check this out. I don't know if she ever will. Call it one of life's small mysteries.

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