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About Last Night…

By on November 9, 2016 in See It Here

After Donald Trump made his acceptance speech with that convincing win over Hillary Clinton, I needed to get away after 12 hours in the newsroom. Before going home, I decided to take a long walk along the downtown Washington DC streets usually filled with a lot of “I’m important and that’s why I talk loud on my cell phone” people.

The air felt good, even cleansing, as I took 19th street over to K Street with no particular destination. It was my mind that needed to reach somewhere I’ve never been before. 

Sitting against a street lamp near the Peace Corps was a homeless guy on blankets next to the usual shopping cart holding his possessions.

As I passed, he opened the blanket over his head and with a toothless grin said “Can you believe what happened tonight?”

I stopped and faced him, all the time making sure this wasn’t a set-up of some kind where someone else would appear and rip me off.

“I’m still taking it in,” I told him.

“i saw it coming,” he said, pushing more of the blanket off his head. “People want change and sometimes you have to change to do it.”

“You nailed it,” I said.

“It’s gonna hurt for a while but you’ll get used to it. He’s different and that’s what we all need. It’s been a long night. I gotta get me some sleep.” The blanket went back over the head.

I thanked him and continued walking along K Street for another block before stopping.

My mind found where it needed to go.

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