detail from Labels for Hair Ribbons by Manuel Ocampo a delectable selection of oriental appetizers
Thursday, February 01, 2001


: . Press clippings concerning the recent capture of Al Joseph DeGuzman, Filipino bomb enthusiast, now old news: "You look at this kid...He looks like an all American kid...He's a choir boy, like a straight-up school boy...He edited 'The American,' the yearbook of Independence High...He played tricks with a Zippo lighter, threw X-Acto knives at a makeshift bull's-eye and sculpted a crossbow out of metal rulers, a staple gun and paper clips...He dyed his hair purple for the high school prom...He sent his friends neat stuff, like household fabric softener -- he'll say if you put one in your shoe, it will smell better -- nothing destructive...He was like a MacGyver...He was always handy with things. He could fix broken computers...One neighbor said that his profile was so low that she didn't realize they went to the same high school for about half a year -- even though he was cutting her family's lawn...He was just that type of person -- you really didn't notice...He had a little adorable face where you don't think anything bad will happen...He was not the kind of kid you'd ever think was going to blow up something."

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