[in a cab, 17th and R Streets, NW]
CABBIE: They talk, there.
DCEIVER: I'm sorry. What?
[The cabbie motions toward the police, congregating on the corner outside Steam Cafe]
CABBIE: They talk, there. And people die, elsewhere. Always.
DCEIVER: So. That's the way this night is going to go, I gather?
[in a cab, later, near Mount Vernon Square]
[The Cabbie turns on the radio. "Superman (It's Not Easy)," by Five For Fighting plays.]
CABBIE: [softly and plaintively hums along]
DCEIVER: Really? I'm sorry, but you are the least serious fatalist I've met today.
Saturday, May 09, 2009