Our proximity here in northern Virginia to "The District" is at times perplexing and also entertaining.
Not long ago a tourist, clearly from a small town somewhere quite distant, climbed out of his car in downtown Washington, D.C. Seeing a man standing near the curb he said,
"Listen, I'm going to be only a couple of minutes. Would you watch my car while I run into this store?"
"What?" the man replied with utmost indignation. "Do you realize that I am a member of the United States Senate?"
"Well no," the tourist replied hesitatingly. After a moment's thought he continued,
"I didn't realize that. But it's all right. I'll trust you anyway ..."