You know what I'm doing? For me, it's really bold."

Seaton Smith is a rebel. He threw caution to the wind this week; he tasted freedom and now he cannot be stopped. He's a maverick, a wild man.

How wild is he? What bold, scandalous choices has he made this week?

"I've been coming in at 8:30 instead of 7:30," Smith brags. "I am not wearing a tie. And I am wearing sneakers. The sneakers thing is amazing. Geez, I want to do this all the time."

Ha. He wishes. He wishes. One can only get away with this type of renegade behavior on special occasions, like when everyone else is on vacation, like when it seems as if you are the only schmo in Washington working between Christmas and New Year's.

It is the Twilight Zone of the empty office.

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