Tuesday Shmoozday

I saw Thomas Lauderdale, band leader for Pink Martini carrying a bouquet of flowers across the bricks of Pioneer Square in the rain. No umbrella needed, cuz that’s how we roll in Portland.

I saw vacant stares from city bus windows

Where the I-84 and I5 tangle into a knot, I saw a tall man in white overalls loping along railroad tracks smoking a cigarette.  Across his chest and down one side he was covered with splashes of crimson red. A tag-along shuffled a few feet behind, his face coated in the same red.  For a few minutes, my heart beat faster and my imagination plunged to deep, dark places.

I saw two men sitting on bench near Jeld-wen Field, arms intertwined.   They know everything about courage in the face of fear.

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