Its “Fleet Week” in the City of Roses. Vessels from the US Navy, Coast Guard & the Canadian Maritime Forces are arriving for their annual visit. On a midday walk downtown, I saw groups of sailors in their traditional, white uniforms navigating the rain-slick streets with maps and GPS devices. The mounted police were out and about as well. Moving along 6th St as a unit, the hooves of their rides filled the air with, ‘cloppity clop, cloppity clop’. And, on 5th street, ‘the king’ held court in front of The Hilton. His robe, a ragged blue sleeping bag. His crown, a donut of wiry silver hair.
Later, at home, I saw devastating images of birds coated in the effects of our nation’s greed, as if they had been dipped in chocolate. It made me sick.