Here is an annotation from earlier this semester. I told J that I would post this one sometime, and 3am on a Thursday night is a good time, right?
But first, here is a picture of the Amtrak train in Rutland, getting ready to depart for NY city. I took this photo one morning while walking to Price Chopper to buy cookie ingredients back when we were baking for the farmer’s market. I rode on this same train, or one of its brethren (sistren? are trains female like boats?), when I visited L in Brooklyn. That was fun! Also, a much less happy detail: it was right near where I took this picture that the knife-death over $40 happened. I sort of furtively looked for bloodstains on the pavement when I walked by there yesterday, then felt silly and morbid. I bet they cleaned up thoroughly anyway.
Now, on to the annotation:
Two Poems by Pablo Neruda
Yesterday some dude in Rutland stabbed another dude in the Walmart parking lot, in broad daylight. They were fighting about $40 one guy apparently owed the other guy. Forty dollars! Doesn’t seem worth it. But I guess anger (and possibly drugs) can make you do crazy things, things you wouldn’t do in a calm, rational state-of-mind. And I would theorize that the one with the knife didn’t mean to actually kill the other guy. Still, this is like a two minute walk from where I live, and it happened in a place I walk through all the time to get downtown, right by the Amtrak station. I think, technically, that we live on the “wrong” side of the tracks, although Rutland is a working-class town all over. And I do like that about it here, that it’s not all touristy and pretentious. Let’s just say that if some guy says I owe him forty bucks, I’m probably not going to get aggressive back at him, especially if I happen to be in the vicinity of Walmart at the time. I’m going to run!