My parents say having two little girls along on the 1973 road trip down the Pan-American was like having two extra passports. I am not nearly as cute anymore and my research at the Library of Congress is making me more nervous by the day. None of our relatives could bail us out of a Latin American jail if we get arrested and I am no longer employed by any company willing to pay a ransom if we are held hostage. But I was once a reporter. And I’ve played one in a mock terrorism training exercise so realistic I kept the press pass. Which Gary cheerfully re-shoots and alters in Photoshop. Lanyards are easy to find in DC and add an official provenance, don’t you think?
Just in case VNN seems too “virtual” south of the border, Gary makes me a CBS News business card for good measure. Never let the truth get in the way of a backup plan.
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