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3 september 1999

he walked around the office with this little grin on his face. it is a grin that he always has, but this time it was more of a "all the grownups are gone so we're going to do something fun" kind of a grin. 1:45 we were told. meet out in the reception area and we're going for a boat ride.

it's called the beast. and you really shouldn't go on it unless you want to get soaked with the water of the east river. which isn't really much of a river but just a lot of salt water, so we got off the boat covered with a covering of white powder, the evaporated salt from the spray of the boat. i fared a little better than the people sitting right on the edge, but not much better. the rest of the day was spent sticky and salty.

but it was the most fun that i've had with this company in a while. no. the most fun ever i think.

on the subway uptown there was a woman sitting next to me. tears were running down her face, and she was trying to hold them back. she was looking up at the ads lining the top of the train, pausing periodically to wipe the tears from her cheek. she looked down at the ground as the little girl sitting next to her, a girl of about 10 who had the face of a 30 year old, made faces at her mother sitting across the car from her.

i wanted so badly to assure her that things would work out okay, but really, there was nothing that i could know about her life. the two other women with her looked equally solemn and stared intently at the floor.

i walked off the train and i didn't look back, the way a good new yorker should.

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