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  • I used to think this was a small town. Durango is the smallest "city" I've ever lived in. Sixteen thousand people. But when I really looked at it, it was a much smaller place within this place that I inhabited. The same 200 people from day to week to month who I orbit and who orbit about me.

    That leaves 15,800 people who live right here in the middle of nowhere with me and who appear as strangers, tourists in my neighborhood. And here I am for them, the bloke with the avocado and the grapefruit Shasta slowing down their otherwise speedy grocery checkout. Of course all of this is true for anyone living in the Mission or Queen West or Dumbo. For all of us, there are several billion people who are barely butterfly effect.

    I compiled a partial list of people known to me. For dramatic effect I put those names together in fake stanzas and imagined someone like Saul Williams really belting the list out at one of the saloons here, between honky tonk sets.

    Ackim Nyachikanda, Gary Maxwell, Alan Lloyd
    Greg Giddins, Amy Maestas, Greg McClurg
    Amy Moody, Gregory Gillis, Anand Kalyanaraman

    Harry Mehlman, Andy Hilliker, Haz Said
    Angela Rivas, Holly Tracy, Ann Cruse
    Janelle Charley, Anna Martinez, Jared Doxey

    Bettie Phillips, Jared Rodri, Bill Counley
    Jason DeWeese, Bob Kuecherer, J.D. Matela
    Boyd Lewis, Jered Davis, Brad von Tersch

    Jerry Phillips, Brett Johnston, Jim McCarthy
    Brett Woods, Joanne Weber-Fosnight, Elad Rave
    Joe Vidunas, Casey Wilson, John Canning

    Celeste L'Argent, John Strainis, Charles Mendias
    John Kumpel, Chris Cowan, Jon Lupia, Chris McMahon
    Jose Borges, Cliff Gilbert, Josh Rodri

    Cory Edwards, Juanita Woods, Crystal Becwar
    Julie Andersen, Cyrstal Prda, Julie Gram
    Curt Larsen, Justin Erickson, Cyndi Phelps

    Karen Strobel, Cynthia Cornett, Kathy Darnell
    Danny Vallejo, Keith Shumway, Daryl Young
    Kevin Barry, David Ledwell, Kevin Linville

    David Pardue, Kevin Russell, Deb Worosello
    Kurt Linn, Denise Johnson, Larry Chapman
    Dennis Stock, Larry McGuire, Dianna Hamby

    Lauren Merritt, Dianne Larsen, Linelle Losh
    Doug Ragland, Lynn Branam, Marcia Harris,
    Elizabeth Mora, Maria Gutierrez, Tom Lynch

    Ellen Lancaster, Marianne Eoff, Eric Ranz
    Marie Knickerbocker, Faye Turner, Marilyn Brueckner
    Martin Brown, Martin Charley, Stacy Cowan

    Mason Davis, Steve Kelleher, Matt Marshall
    Steve Weber, Merle Whittaker, Elan Moriah
    Michael Kirchner, Suzanne Davenport, Mike Passalaqua

    Thomas Dye, Mike McKinzie, Thomas Thompson
    Neal Brannon, Tim Whitehead, Olivia Doxey
    Todd Fox, Paula Montoya, Candace Gilfillan

    Patricia Heyman, Penny Moyer, Tomi McNaughton
    Raquel Sutherlin, Tony Gallero, Rich Dupree
    Trent Yarbrough, Roger Rambo, Veronica Lang

    Russell Jones, Vinnie Licciardi, Ryan Halstead
    Wes Campbell, Scott Denton, Zeeve Botzer
    Sreenath Jonnalagadda
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