A man sits on a bench and checks the time. It is a gesture that gives him great comfort and he does it often. Passers by nod and he returns their gesture, for he is civilized. There is a man on the other side of the street, also checking the time. He nods at the first man and his gesture is returned. The competition begun, both men look at the time and attempt to be more prompt than one another. A rat appears below the second man’s bench. The second man does not see the rat.
August 6, 2012
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