By Andrew MacQuarrie

On the morning of May 21, 2018 the city of Washington, DC began its day with the most inconsequential of miracles, but a miracle nonetheless, when Thomas Fricker forced his way through a mob of loutish commuters and narrowly squeezed aboard the seventh car as the 27th passenger on the 9:05 orange-line train from Vienna to New Carrollton.  This, in itself, was hardly a remarkable occurrence, but when considering that these very same 27 citizens, only one year, three months, and two days prior, had then too made up the entire population of the 7th car on the 9:05 orange-line metro train from Vienna to New Carrollton, it was actually quite extraordinary.