I’m not sure why this story stays with me. It isn’t just the stealing. I guess it’s that the thieves fixed a damn-near 20-year-old beater.
Archive for January, 2008
I have a coworker who gets lost easily; I’ll call her A. About four of us were hired at the same time, working between two buildings, a lovely old well-ornamented Beaux Arts building and a modern concrete and glass box, connected by various corridors and passageways. We have passcards to beam us into the places we are permitted to tread, which keep us out of the rest.
At first A managed to get lost occasionally, losing her way on stairwells and such, and would find herself in other departments’ reception desks or elevator lobbies, relying on the kindness of strangers to find her way back to us. People tried to give her maps, but she claimed not to speak map. “Maps for me are art, and belong on the wall,” she half-joked.
The lean, 30ish man stood on the corner, scanning the street as if looking for something familiar, as the wind whipped long blond hair in his face. Shaking his head, a bemused smile pulled a corner of his thin mouth up toward his left ear as he read the street signs. Evening commuters brushed past him as if he were a signpost or a news kiosk, oblivious to his banner headline: Where did it go? He had been away from the Financial District for years and now, after accepting a job offer, was looking for a place to celebrate. He walked around the corner, spotting an alleyway and heading for it.
My friend is losing his inexpensive apartment and bummed about it. Another friend is getting by, but worried about the rising cost of his health care, and wondering how long he can afford to freelance. I know people who are single and wish they were in a monogamous relationship, and I know married people who are wondering if maybe it’s time to be single again.
Oh, the greenness of the grass over there …
I, however, I’m not worried about those things, other than concern for friends.
I’m taking all those things for granted and am concerned with other things, entirely.