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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Here it comes

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* You just know the guy on the left spends hours standing in front of the mirror with no shirt on under his vest.

* It's a hot, windy Saturday afternoon in front of the Abraham Lincoln statue on the Second Street side of Illinois State Capitol Building. The tourists are milling about, taking photos, laughing, talking, pointing.

There's a beer-gutted, weed chewing, Fonzie-like character lounging alone on the steps, legs outstretched, leaning back on one elbow. Occasionally, he hurls insults at the tourists, mostly about their camera equipment, sometimes about their foreign languages.

A young woman on her wedding day pulls up with her parents in their vintage, baby blue Cadillac. The parents want to do a photo shoot at the Lincoln statue on their way to the church. The father lifts his daughter up between Lincoln's feet. The mother fluffs the skirts of her wedding dress. She sits there, ankles crossed, bored. Waiting.

The parents go back across the street to set the camera up on the tripod. They turn around to capture forever for history their beloved girl in the last moments before she's no longer theirs. But the space between Abe's feet is empty. Frantic, they look around just in time to see their daughter and the hick drive off in the Caddy. She never looked so happy.

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* Your 19th nervous breakdown....

Posted by Marie at June 13, 2015 10:24 PM