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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! I am on my mobile version of the door-to-door, going town-to-town holding readings/gatherings/discussions of my book "But What Can I Do?" This is my often neglected blog mostly about my travels since 9/11 as I engage in dialogue and actions. It is steaming with my opinions, insights, analyses toward that end of holding all life sacred, dismantling the empire and eliminating violence while creating the society we want ALL to thrive in

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Go, get on your way! to be continued

I’m always cautious and slightly apprehensive when approaching a business I need something from while I’m traveling. Sometimes my apprehension is right on and I have to deal with belligerent white males refusing to change my tire or replace my cracked windshield because I’m “unpatriotic, a traitor, anti-president!”

Often I am relieved and even surprised at the warmth and giving that awaits me.

This happened this morning when I sought out a locksmith to help with the padlock on the door of my truck.

Yesterday, in Louisville, while waiting for Jody to appear, I called myself ‘fixing’ my padlock key – it had bent over the years and I had a small hammer so I tried straightening it out.

The results were the key was straight but wouldn’t work in the lock. This morning, I had to get the lock off as I’m picking up a load to bring back to sunny California!

I drive into the cul de sac that houses the locksmith and park in front of the large locksmith sign. A middle-age white womon with lemon custard blond hair, plucked eyebrows, and a broad expressionless face is sitting in front of the door, puffing on cigarettes and eyeing me as I get out.

“You’re lucky you have that on your truck” she yells gruffly at me. I’m not sure I hear her correctly until she adds: “I’ve half a mind to get up and get right in that truck with you.”

I grin and tell her to come on!

To be continued…

Her husband fixes the lock, makes me 3 new keys, and then sends me on my way – WITHOUT charging me!


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