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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Quiet Desperation

Overslept. Stopped at Union Station for the post office. Back down to the platform to continue on the Metro, the train that pulled into the station had a sick passenger on it and was being offloaded. No one was to get on. Took a cab the remaining distance to the office (got caught in traffic and had to take a detour) and on the way saw this which was, it turns out, one block from my office and was over by the time I finished another errand, a cashier's check at the bank and the teller made two errors and had to redo the whole thing. And for some unfathomable reason this nice lady at the office, when I finally got here, a lady I don't know at all, started chatting away at me in the friendliest manner possible, quite charming, in Portugese. She was paying me compliments a plate I was holding. It wasn't my plate. I managed to smile and say, "Si," and escape. I'll be out of here for good before she finds out that I don't speak Portugese. My Ethiopian taxi driver's comment when I wondered about the cause of the smoke: "There are all kinds of people. Every morning when I wake up I thank God I am alive."

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