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  • While I lightly drum my fingers against the wheel to the beat of an old tune , I receive the ever welcome green arrow and make a left onto Barham, quickly crossing the stone bridge that tiptoes over the 101, dusty cars with gurgling engines speeding North and South directly below my gas pedal.

    Just as my little Kia and I are nearing the entrance to the indelible bubble they’ve christened the Oakwood, I glance out beyond my wheel where a simmering of hills, just barely visible in the dim fog, stretches itself across my windshield. It’s a brief moment, quite possibly the briefest moment of my day, but my breath is caught midway in my throat as I find myself eye to for eye for a swift second with unnamed mountains, a dissonance of cerulean streetlights and yellowed shadows escaping living room windows.

    It is my favorite part of the commute, a welcome lift from a chokehold of automobile exhaust, no matter how brief, to see something so much more beyond where I am. An impatient Ford behind me voices his annoyance, and so I flick the blinker on and make a sharp right onto Dark Canyon Road and into the darkness.

    My unnamed mountains still burn into the rings of my retinas, tucking themselves gently away into the evening, turning over onto their royal blue underbellies. They'll remain silent as stones until we steal a glance again tomorrow.
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