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It was just a day in 2011, the 34th anniversary of the Summer of Love, and we took to the streets with our wireless tracking devices.

Some of us were skilled enough to handle two at one time.

They helped us cross the street and told us not to worry about looking up or ahead.

Provided instant dog walking tips and shot pure joy into our ears.

We held them to our cheeks and rubbed their shiny surfaces. They made us whole.

We rightfully shunned those without.

We cradled them.

We swayed to their gurglings as they eased our loneliness and kept our thoughts at bay.

They faithfully kept track of where we went and who we talked to and what we were curious about, lest we ever forget.

 

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I didn’t believe all the hype about the ubiquity of mobile communication devices (MCDs). So one day last summer I took the camera out of storage, hydrocharged the batteries, oiled the lense cap, polished the lense, sandpapered the shutter and sauntered up Sixth Avenue to Bryant Park firing photo after photo. Here are several.

Was I astonished or merely amazed? Is this a bona fide craze or merely a fad? You be the judge.

..walk this way.

He methodically dressed, glancing back every now and then at the body on the bed. “What the hell,” he said. “When I say ‘plaid shorts…'”

Leggy.

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