Just felt stunned at the news that he died overnight. How does a person just disappear? I didn’t know him at all except by name and proximity, we ate breakfast together with a few other people at a Hampton Inn in Columbus two springs ago; he sat one aisle up on the flight home from San Juan last year. Mostly it was watching the community I feel like I’m part of take in the shock of the news, heaving with it, so much grief, not mine but close enough to me. I stared at my machine until it was almost time for the desk, ran out fast and ate a chicken sandwich and fries.

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