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January 25, 2006

Jim: The Midway of the Mind

“Are you going to spend all day riding the carousel, Fred?” asked the green-headed duck.

“Probably,” I grinned from atop my gaudy wooden steed. “This is my favorite carnival ride. It reminds me of my life.”

“How so?”

“I have the sensation of movement without really going anywhere,” I replied.

“And when the ride is over, you just step off,” he somberly retorted.

“Not me. That’s not where I’m going.”

“What do you mean, Fred?”

I pointed toward an exit sign hanging over a small door that led into the bowels of the machine. “I’m going that way,” I said.

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