I look left. I look right. Curiously, the carol isn't coming from a car stereo. Or a store. I'm not Dorothy, but I stare at my shoes; will Santa and his sleigh go away if I click my bronze MBTs three times?
There's a pigeon flying overhead when Eugene and Kaori Oda open the front door. And another. And another. Three in all. They land in the living room, where they're sitting in a row on the sofa, which is protected by a pair of plastic tablecloths.
Moustafa Elshiekh places a color photo reverently on his desk. It was taken this year, on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, and in it, he's standing between Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.