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I went to Lucy’s to find peace. A place I could go where I knew I wouldn’t know
anyone. I didn’t want to make friends there. I wanted to ensure there was a place I could
always feel alone. Careful to only speak when spoken to.
That is all I know, so that was all I would say. I would have to make up words sometimes
if the conversation went further.
But mostly silent.
I watched. Judged. Created my own histories for the people around me, but never wanted
to learn the realities. Not that I didn’t care, but I didn’t want to hear anything other than
the peaceful drone of the spiraling dryers.
But even as unapproachable as I tried to be, Hollywood has a way of inserting people into
There was Doc Wiz. A general in the Cavalry of Jesus. A musician. He told me how he
used to pal around with Jimi, and could outplay him any day. I let him watch my dog for
me while I filled the top loader. I wasn’t totally comfortable with it, but Doc was thrilled
and very gentle. He seemed like the kind of man that most people wouldn’t trust washing
their windshield, much less watching their pet.
There was the long blonde haired man in fatigues. A rock singer. Short. Could barely see
over the folding tables. A Vietnam veteran and conspiracy theorist. A masseuse who
wanted to give me deep tissue massage and correct my posture. I declined, but have to
admit I was curious.
A woman wearing at least 6 coats in August. She offered me hors d'oeuvres, stolen from
a wedding down the street. Again, declined, but they didn’t look as suspect as the woman
offering them...and I was hungry.
And then there was you.
I watched you for a while. I tried to make up your story, but the imaginary reality didn’t
satisfy my curiosity. You were the only person I ever wanted to learn about. You were
the only person I ever approached. We spoke until your clothes finished drying. I hoped I
would see you again, but knew that I wouldn’t.
And then I did.
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