The mood was different at the gym on base yesterday. Nobody was smiling or even really into their workouts and traffic was lighter than usual for that time of day. On my way home, I saw TV crews parked at the entrance to the gate and reporters doing live shots. They were there last week too, when it turned out a military jet had crashed a couple of miles from my house.
I'd been hunkered down all day at work and didn't realize the war in Iraq had claimed more casualties close to home. This likely explains why the guy with the Virginia Tech T-shirt, who usually is friendly to this fellow Hokie, just stared straight ahead during his exercises. I wonder if he and the others there that day were trying to remember ... or forget.