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December 21, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Hoodies aren’t just for hoodlums

I am the butt of a running joke among my relatives and friends. They say I will buy anything with a hood.

They are correct. I own hooded sweatshirts, T-shirts, jackets, robes, blouses, dresses and a worn-out, ratty beach cover-up. And although I’d never heard the term before letter writer R.J. Palyo used it in the letter to the editor “Gangster culture leads to violence,” I am a “hooded person.”

I live in a middle-class, gated community and, from time to time, I walk to and from our neighborhood pool to lay out, read books of questionable quality and work on maintaining those nice, crisp facial crevices so popular among women of a certain age.

Out of respect to the aesthetic sensibilities of my neighbors (and my own justified sense of body shame), I wear a hooded beach cover-up. I also carry a black beach bag, but I suppose it might be construed as a some sort of burglar booty bag. In the interest of full disclosure, I sometimes sip a bottle of iced tea as I amble along. I readily admit I am a fashion atrocity, and could even possibly appear suspiciously out of place in beautiful, youthful Las Vegas.

My question to Palyo is: Am I in danger of being followed?

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