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November 11, 2016


Which end is up? Apt question these days.
The shock wore off sometime yesterday,
replaced with an anger that then yielded to
elation as we toured Capitol Hill artwalk,
bumping into friends and affirming mutual
support. It's been a roller coaster for sure.
I was grateful today for the brute simplicity
of my work, the physical exhaustion of
sleepless nights coupled with manual labor.
Thankful to the customer at Rainier Valley
Lowe's who overheard my question and gave
me a great tip, English obviously not his first
language. That place is a microcosm of
melting pot America, all hues and cultures
getting along just fine, smiling and polite,
laughing over small jokes and conversations.
They know me there and it's fun to visit.
I want to thank again the Iraqi refugee family
upstairs, all 8 of them. When I needed to
walk through, the mother made me and my
buddy the best cup of tea I've ever had. We
drank it in a raw attic space. I paused between
sips to                        drop a dead stinking rat,
                                           trap and all, out the