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  • “Hey girls,” said the man, “mind if I sit down and join you?”

    “Join us,” said the girl, who was leading some yoga.

    “Mind if I tell you my story?” said the man.

    “Tell us,” said the girl.

    “I used to teach therapeutic yoga. But I lost my job. Got fired. They were making cutbacks. So I’ve been out of work. And I’ve been spending a lot of time here at Occupy Oakland. And let me tell you, I’ve seen a lot of conflict around camp. A lot of angry people. A lot of tempers flaring. And a lot of sick people too. People who really need help. And we could really use yoga to calm people down.”

    “We could,” said the girl.

    “And if that doesn’t work, I’d be happy to bring over some medical marijuana samples.”

    “You have any now?” said the girl.

    “Not now, I’m afraid. I’m all out. But I can get more. Where you guys from?”

    “She’s from Kansas, I’m from western Massachusetts.”

    “Wow, long way from home.”

    “There was no work back home. Not even odd jobs. It was so bleak. And the weather was getting colder. So we both headed west. We heard there was work out here. And there was.”

    “What kind of work are you in?”

    “We got jobs up in Humboldt, doing some trimming. It’s only seasonal, but the pay’s really good, and the people there are cool.”

    “That where you guys met?”

    “Yeah, that’s where we met. We’ve been sleeping in a tent together for the last month. We’ve been wanting to come on down here to see all this. When we heard it was happening, we said we’ve gotta go. So we finally found a car and here we are.”

    “Here you are,” said the man. “You gonna stay?”

    “Not sure. We’re just feeling things out. It’s been pretty groovy so far, and everyone’s been great. We have to go feed the meter, so that’s our immediate short term goal, but after that, I’m not really sure what we’ll do.”
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