Today I noticed a tattered American flag backlit by the sunrise. I noticed the deadbolt on our front door sticking and immediately tried to assign a metaphysical meaning to it. I noticed a homeless-looking elderly man standing in line behind me at Macy’s holding a package of pastel-colored women’s underwear. I noticed I moved away from him as I left the store, even though I didn’t think of doing so. Driving through downtown San Diego I noticed two mannequin heads without wigs staring out an apartment window. Their necks were very long and there were no curtains. I noticed how much I still miss my former co-workers when one of them left a message on my home answering machine saying FedEx wanted my forwarding address because Whirlpool was trying to deliver an item to me.

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