Friday, 11 April
It's kind of ironic. The Dalai Lama is in Seattle for nearly a week to spread his message of peace and compassion. That's all good, and I'm glad he's here. But this morning he is speaking about 1/3 of a mile from my office, and unpeace prevails. There are at least 2 helicopters circling, and I'm guessing they're military/security because they don't seem to conform to any noise standard (except loud). The Secret Service is buzzing around in its black SUVs on footpaths without much thought for pedestrians. A coworker of mine (from Israel) was about to call the police because of the unsafe and erratic behavior of one of those SUVs. I guess there's peace, and then there's peace and quiet.