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  • After eating at a restaurant in Carlsbad i stepped outside and saw John and his co worker wrapping a waitresses' car. Some sort of back and forth deal that had been going on for a while. Maybe there aren't as many trees to catch toilet paper out there so their pastimes take another shape. Either way, it's American as it gets.

    Looking on and staying ducked down low to keep from being seen made me feel like a teenager again and experiences like that always make me regret not participating more in my adolescence. We laughed and smoked a few cigarettes while John kept wrapping and taping and told me about his life, brief philosophy and his band. Pretty soon he is going to hang up his dishwasher's apron, split Carlsbad and go out on the road with them and give it a go. He said life is for chasing things you love. I could tell he was keen on 'leaving town' the same way so many who grow up in small town America often are.

    I wish i could have seen the girl's face when she came out and found her entire bug wrapped in white paper. I drove away and imagined that they had a thing for each other that was still in it's infancy and they would one day be married. They would live the rest of their days in that dusty town, even though i could tell he was hoping to end up elsewhere. And that a person could learn to be happy, even in Carlsbad.
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