This is from an Army captain stationed in DC.
To nobody'ssurprise there were protestors today in DC, they attempted to disrupt themetro system and block the Key Bridge, a leading artery into DC fromNorthern Virginia.
I got hosed twice because I come in from NoVAon the metro and it is raining hard which makes traffic worse anyway…tothe point — I got off my train in Rosslyn because I had to use thebathroom. . When I was getting back on the train there were protestors onthe train platform handing out pamphlets on the evils of America.
I politely declined to take one.
An elderly woman was behind megetting off the escalator and a young (20ish) female protestor offeredher a pamphlet, which she politely declined.
The young protestorput her hand on the old woman's shoulder as a gesture of friendship andin a very soft voice said, "Ma'am, don't you care about the children ofIraq?"
The old woman looked up at her and said, "Honey, my firsthusband died in France during World War II so you could have the right tostand here and bad mouth your country. And if you touch me again, I'llstick this umbrella up your … and open it."
I'm glad to reportthat loud applause broke out among the onlookers and the young protestorwas at a total loss for words.via eMail, Sat, 19 Apr 2003 11:14:21 -0400