I indicate I will wait for him as he swings around and parts his late model sedan - not big, not small but newish - and rushes out, fixing his tie as he approaches. He is professionally dressed, white shirt, tie, black pants. He puts me in mind of a politician's campaign manager or the like.
He continues to rush over to me, smiling, extending his hand further enforcing my opinion of his profession. He is gushing, I think, welcoming me, telling me how glad he is he spotted me.
He tells me he's always wanted to ask CodePINK a question. I tell him to shucks, go right ahead.
The amazing question he wants to know is does CodePINK think that we can just be kind and stop invading countries and that will solve the world's problems?
I am stunned. Does he hear himself? Could he possibly hear himself. I know he intends to point out our extreme naivety, our pathetically simplistic attitudes that certainly could never grasp the complexities of the world.
As he attempts to continue to speak of the necessity of war, I stop him. I make him repeat his question. Over and over.
I repeat his question and ask HIM what does he think? Does he hear what he says? Kindness and cease invasions.
He seems to get it but it's like a kid who gets Santa Claus is a nice idea but a child's idea.
Imagine that - if we were kind to the world.