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Wednesday October 31, 2001, 01:46

The economic spirit of this fair city comes through in the newest crisis that New York faces since the devastating events of September 11, 2001. Walking down the street today, the tables that were once filled with postcards and posters of the World Trade Center, piles and piles of cheap American flags (made in China, of course), we this morning hawking "World Champion New York Yankees t-shirts."

Of course the flags were still selling well enough ("one dollar, flags for a dollar!") but in a true sign of resilience, market forces drove supply to where the people were, and in light of the earlier two games to none lead that the Diamondbacks held over the beloved (or despised, but really, the two sentiments are pretty much the same) Yankees, it was time for the city to start rallying around its boys again.

It's cold enough now that I am continually wandering over to the window, sliding it shut and catching a breeze hitting me in the face. This is no normal autumn breeze. No. When the wind is coming just from the right direction, when the stars are in exact alignment, when I walk over to the window, the up until previously still air will come to life and rush in.

But I suppose that's its right.

There is a movie shooting down the street. Were I living in my previously life I would have been half-tempted to go down the block to see what was happening. To stand, to stare, to hope to catch a glimpse of whomever it might be, wandering around my neighborhood. That would be the life in which I do not have to be in an office all day, working on a computer that isn't mine, in a chair that isn't mine at a desk that isn't mine with a phone that isn't mine and a project that has become, quite remarkably, all mine.

And it is nice to take ownership of a project like this again, at this time in my life. To have something that I do, that I get paid for, that allows me to do other things in my life, on my weekends (the workday being reduced to a series of repetitive motions that serve to fill time until the lunch whistle and closing bell -- the evening and weekend to be those days that have replaced the entirety of the week as "life") or in the evenings, after those steady periods of work.

There must be a way to find balance. When that method is discovered, I will write a book, sell lots of it (on street, with a free flag) and write a new book that will be all about writing the first book and the fame and glory that comes from being a writer in this country today.

That's all a big lie. You know that right?

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