Monday, March 17, 2003

On an early morning commuter ferry the other day a friend of mine leaned over to me and whispered "I've got a really good piece of gossip about someone."

"Oh yeah?" I said.

"Yeah. But I can't tell you what it is becasue he probably has a really good piece of gossip about me."

I laughed. He went on. "Don't you find that this island is kind of poised on the edge a little? Everyone has piece of gossip about everyone else. If one person were to spill the beans, the whole place would probably come unstuck."

I laughed again. "Yep," I said. "I think it's like that old Cold War doctrine of mutually assured destruction. It's what keeps us together as a community."

He smiled and sat back in his seat.

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