Talk about paranoia--surely caused by excessive cable news consumption.
I skim several newspapers from around the world each day. This morning, I stumbled across a headline, which made me pause. My brain told me that I had read: US to evaluate citizens.
How? Would the government ask about patriotism (grilled by some jerk that has never served in the military, much less been to war, but did vote Republican). Or about sexual orientation? Perhaps about off-shore accounts, which every corporation may have, but not citizens? Surely, the government (prodded by politicians' most fervent supporters) must be concerned about every citizen's consumption of corn syrup, sugar, msg, transfat, etc.--all things flavorful, harmful, and profitable.
I had to read the article to learn the bitter truth, so I could worry properly, complain bitterly...and develop an evasion plan.
Of course, I had misread the headline. The "US" was not planning to "evaluate", rather to "evacuate". This program dealt with the situation in Egypt. What a difference a letter can make.
Slipped disks may be painful, but slipped letters cause stupidity...or worse.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.