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In Roads #74

#74 In Roads-Scar tissue   I’ve stopped off in a little town in Idaho where there’s a big farmer’s market going on in the park. I’m wandering around in full leathers when an elderly man sitting in the shade strikes up a conversation. He asks if I’m on a poker run. “It’s a beautiful day for a ride and you’ve ...

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In Roads #73

#73 In Roads-Play time   A big man in business clothes is sitting across from me for the evening commute on light rail. He appears uncomfortable in his seat and looks anxious. We chat a bit about the last couple of days worth of soggy weather before I realize his anxiousness is about his golf plans for tomorrow. John has ...

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In Roads #72

#72 In Roads-Touched   Standing on a street corner waiting for the light to change, a quiet voice pulls me out of my own head. I’ve spent a great deal of time lost while in this city and today has been no different. Next to me stands a woman with a fluffy little dog swaddled to her chest. She tells ...

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In Roads #71

#71 In Roads-Dapper dude   There’s a smartly dressed man waiting for the bus who carries himself with a noticeable sophistication. Wearing a hat, vest and shiny shoes to match, he stands out among the crowd of homeless and downtrodden who are wandering aimlessly down the shady street. I walk past but make myself return because there’s a feeling that ...

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In Roads #70

#70 In Roads-Retiree   It’s pouring down rain so I decide to take an adventure and plan a trip on public transportation. Right away I find myself in hot water because I didn’t do my homework. Being ignorant of the system, and thinking a ticket could be purchased onboard, I’m on the train without a pass. Needless to say, I’m ...

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In Roads #69

#69 In Roads-Cool kid   I don’t want to talk to anyone today. I picked the park to walk through, thinking it would be easy to find someone to chat with. Instead, there are families involved in their own worlds that are not interested in visiting with some stranger. After the second lap through the dog park I’m frustrated and ...

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In Roads #68

#68 In Roads-Bridal bliss   I’m standing in a super fancy chocolate shop when I turn around to find a gaggle of giggling gals have gathered at the counter. One is decked out in a pink satin strapless dress with a sash that introduces her as a bride-to-be. Her tiara is a collection of pink plastic penises and the tulle ...

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In Roads #67

#67 In Roads-Sidewalk Prophet   “I’m going to take your energy,” he says, stepping out from the stoop of a business. I ask why he would do that. “Well, I used to think I could take people’s souls. I was caught up in delusion. See, when you’re in your own mejtote, which is a Mayan word for a dream within ...

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In Roads #66

#66 In Roads-Rockers   We’re cruising the evening streets on an ice cream mission. I’m surprised at how crowded the sidewalks are since it looks like rain. I notice a couple loading up a cool old flat black ’64 GM pickup and I saunter over to ask if they’re moving. Lisa is decked out in rockabilly duds with a bandana ...

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In Roads #65

#65 In Roads-Super service   I’ve taken my bike in for its 30,000-mile service and I’m told I also need a rear tire. I was hoping to get to Sturgis before spending the bucks but the guy behind the counter convinces me that’s a bad idea. He says, “You’re not going to get that far. You could risk it, but ...

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