November 8th, 2001

don't fear death

darkened locks

well....big change here. i'm not a redhead anymore. everyone told me i should dye my tresses before going to india because my red hair really stands out. under normal circumstances i wouldn't have...nor would it probably be suggested, but with recent attacks on americans in india (and elsewhere abroad), it is the safest thing. it is the safest thing. it is the safest thing. that is what i keep telling myself as i look in the mirror and see this stranger looking back at me. i don't like it...not at all.

i wonder how many little things in the lives of ordinary americans the terrorists affected. we hesitate before opening our mail, we go to the airport two hours earlier to stand in line for extensive security checks, buildings evacuate and close because one of our own called in a false threat, we stay glued to the news....

after all, hair is just vanity and, as a friend of mine told me last night when she saw it, it is a small price to pay for safety.
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