I ran into an Ice Queen I once knew, back in my first years at a school I shall refer to ambiguously as attended by me. She was walking her dog down the main drag of my new neighborhood. And the interchange went something like this: "Ice Queen," I call out en passant, but using her real name. oh she says barely turning without punctuation or capitalization hi "How are you," I continue sagely in the time-honored tradition of friendly banality. fine "Nice to see you," I lie in happy conclusion. bye she walks on Perhaps I have offended you some lines ago, reader, with the cognomen Ice Queen. Allow me to prove myself worthy of your judgement. I do not mean this as a class-action insult in any way. Not at all. I mean it quite personally. Ice Queen, as I shall continue to call her to protect the innocent & guilty alike, was the most hostile person I had ever met. Ice Queen, having been out of school ten years, had perhaps higher emotional stakes on the line in that school game than I. I succeeded where Ice Queen failed for whatever reason & certainly not for lack of intelligence. More of an attitude question really and who am I to blame her, except the unwitting representative of everything she hated, male & straight, and/or perhaps wanted to be, on the fast track & young. And/Or perhaps she thought I harbored some notion of putting moves on her, and who knows, back then I was capable of all sorts of absurd romantic attachments. After all, she was not unattractive in that distant, at times desirable ice-queeny way. But I assure you, I never engaged in any behavior in the remotest way resembling even the most innocent of the borderline yellow-light examples given recently by the Navy in its sexual harassment guidelines. All I really wanted to do was not even baby be friends with her, just effect a modest temperature change for the good of all humanity. Now it is quite likely I will be seeing that icy stare again in the cold white liberal not-in-my-backyard corridors of my own backyard. If she ever takes those shades off. Sure hope it stays sunny.