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November 27, 1998

The day after American Thanksgiving, Sarah called me in Minneapolis to tell of the inexplicable traffic jam up and down Fremont Avenue (where we live). "Maybe everyone's out shopping," I lamely guessed, because in Minneapolis the big news was the arrest of two protesters who hung a Buy Nothing Day banner at the Mall of America--a pretty sacrilegious thing to do. The next morning I read in a Minneapolis paper that a bus had plunged off the far end of this bridge in Seattle after a lunatic shot the driver. I called Sarah, who hadn't yet heard the news, even though we live only three blocks from where the bus landed after its 50-foot fall.

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