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John

Interesting article. I however find that not too many people permit the eye to eye contact as I stroll to/from the subway. It's as if some consider it an invasion of their personal space in this congested city. But, there are always exceptions just as you noted or as I experienced a few weeks ago. A young woman stopped me while I was working outside my place of work at 2am inquiring as to why the City smells. She obviously had been out enjoying the myriad of gathering places to imbibe and I was glad that the cold, cold night required here covering her mouth. She was cute, pleasant and persistent with her inquiry stating that she was from Texas and has been living here for 15 yrs. I thought it odd that one would emigrate from a place held so dear to one where one would "never raise a child." I politely reminded her of the aroma in parts of the areas surrounding Brownsville or for that matter beautiful Corpus Christi (refinery after refinery) and pointed to the congested traffic in the streets at 2am. It was mainly taxicabs and offered that the smell could be related to the numerous vehicles transporting numerous people such as herself so that all may enjoy what this wonderous city has to offer even at 2am. I told her that you can't find this in Corpus - I actually couldn't find that many people there during the day and missed a day of work so that I could gaze from my hotel balcony in search of street pedestrians. I could see the thought crossing her face, she dropped the corner of her coat, planted a kiss on my cheek, the fumes brought a tear to my eye, thanked me for taking the time to listen to her and walked into the crowd down the street.

Gary

Fantastic article Sherry! Knowing you so well, I can visualize each encouter as you traveled the city. Wouldn't it be great if everyone could see the world through your eyes.

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