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July 25, 2004
If you think about it, he's remarkably unremarkable. Nothing too special about this guy. Except for the simple purple bracelet he's always wearing around his right wrist. What does it symbolize? everyone wonders. What is this delightful disease du jour in need of funding by the fashionable?

No one asks him why he wears the thing or where he got it. They just smile at him in mute appreciation for his support for something, whatever it may be.

And he wonders: Why, all of a sudden, is everyone into the purple rubberband I take off each week's fresh asparagus bundle?