The Persistence of Versions

(Arlene Gottfried)

The handwritten sign in the bar window said, “Watch college sports here.” I was passing by, just, “shuffling through things,” as I said back then. That was back then. I said things like that all the time back then. I’d even mention pets back then. I’d lift a drink and say stuff like, “Here’s one for you, Mr. Kimper.” My wife didn’t like me referring to pets that’d passed on. She’d say, “Pets are not just things. Us? We’re not any better…

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