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November 21, 2001
SIXTH EDITION: MY AUXILIARY GIRLFRIEND IS A NUMEROLOGIST

If I could I'd buy a brand new SUV to help 'keep America rolling' on my Discover card, to help them help me help some other folks. I can't. What I can do is pontificate here about the act of war/ terrorist-attack/ tragedy/ incident. I am firmly against terrorist action, regardless of its national origin, and every morning since the 11th I've woken with the image of the lesser-seen footage of the second plane smashing into the tower from behind. What I think doesn't matter, principally because in my first column I promised never to instruct, but also because we're all healed up, apparently.

Amid the immediate horror, it was encouraging to experience the presented air of nonpartisan politics, steep talk from Democrats and Republicans of getting on together. Even on the streets things were changed, really almost tender; passersby looked each other in the eye, trying to communicate something, presumably empathy. Now we're back to blaring car horns at the inconsiderate cunts who pause a split second at stop lights. At least the great hope was realized: now we can set aside our petty differences and be Americans together. Now militant vegans and anti-abortion activists can bicker over the same issue: whose ass to kick and how. The only thing that will ever truly bring people together is an alien attack.

Until then, we get on as best we can. Since the Eleventh, I've felt positively stupid, and not in the good Stupidist way, either. It seemed that Art must now heal, that deconstructing societal convention doesn't get me nor anyone else anywhere. But I was wrong. We're back, strong as ever, sucking up along party lines, squabbling over civil liberties, and, of course, showing ourselves true patriots by trying to make a buck off it all.

When on the record, everybody's got some nice pithy sentiment to help us through these times. I apologize to my faithful readers (Mama, I love you; Russ, sorry I'm such a contentious drunk) for my lack thereof. I've no advice to offer, except buy that SUV and drive it to a Broadway show. Or fall in love. I fall in love every autumn, this time to a girl I started seeing on the sly. Now we're exclusive. She interprets my dreams based on number-threads. Whatever helps your heart.

I just wonder if anyone else is having nightmares. Somehow they seem more real.

--
Joe Jarvis
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