August 13, 2016:

Regular Army in civvies. Blacks on one side, whites on the other. Three per side, man on each end, woman in the middle. Striking dynamic, you wonder they don't see it?

Children squeal, announcements compete, loud voices break through the wash of noise to demand individual attention. I feel brittle and distracted.

For breakfast I have caffeine, sugar, and fat. Add something frozen to cover all the major dessert groups.

Not off to a good start.