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August 31, 2004
Arrivals... Lanes were closed on 8th Avenue. No cars were allowed to park so close to a skyscraper. Some of the cross streets were also not open to traffic. And that's on 50th Street. The elephants are in town. Who knows what is going to happen today. The elephants are in town, and they are here to remind us, that we have to never forget. Or at least that we should really make sure we focus our memory as selectively as possible and imagine that horrible things happened in the past and that these were then the trigger for some more horrible things, which are quite likely to lead to some more horrible and wrong events in the future. Perhaps. A kid, about a foot taller than me, tried to buy a blueberry bagel at my coffee place. I had no idea these existed. In the subway station parents laughed as their two seven foot tall boys pretended to attack each other with gallon sized chocolate syrup containers. A bunch of scared looking malnourished young men almost knocked me in front of a car as they were running with some box containing probably more of those "Vote 100% Pro Life" t-shirts they were wearing. The elephants are in town. If only some of them knew what it means to be elephants. I was most pleasantly surprised by a little package in the mail yesterday. Three CDs with nature recordings. I have spent the entire morning listening to the (rain in the) rain forest. It makes the trucks outside sound like giant beasts. The police car syrens are now just jungle's mating calls. The soundtrack rearranges itself every time I play it. Oh, and the allergy season also just arrived. Oh, and since Winston Churchill was being named so many times yesterday during the convention... He once said: "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." He also said:"Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter." and "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."... Hmm... ...