Stranger Log – Entry Three – Waiting For The Fourty-Four

Have a friendly conversation with a random stranger every day. It’s an apple a day for the city.

A man runs up to the 44 bus stop at Forest Hill. He is wearing a tidy black suit with a cornflower blue shirt. Everything else is gold — gold tie, gold glasses, short-cropped gold hair, and reddish gold skin. He ran up to the stop huffing and puffing, not wanting to be late. We both smiled real neighborly.
“Long day.” He said to me. His breathing was slowing back down.
“Yeah, I had one like that yesterday.”
“I was up at six,” he replied, pointing at his watch, “and what is it now? Seven!”
“Thirteen hours later, you’re still on your feet. Yeah, wow.”
Turns out he’s from Brooklyn. When he was a kid, his dad took him to the construction site of the World Trade Center back in the sixties, to make a home movie of it. The construction crew was still pouring the foundations. There were two enormous, gaping holes in the earth lined with concrete; ready for two skyscrapers to be nested in them.
“They were like two gigantic kitchen sinks in the ground,” he said. A couple of years ago, he went back to New York and saw the same rubble filled hole in Manhattan Island. This time the buildings were not being built; they were already destroyed.
“It stunned me, seeing the same scene from my childhood… Thirty some years later and it felt like last year.”
“Yeah. I’m astonished by how immediate yet distant memories can be. It’s like folding time.”

Currently listening:
Twilight as Played by the Twilight Singers
By The Twilight Singers
Release date: 12 September, 2000


About Suhail Rafidi

Suhail Rafidi is a novelist and educator whose works explore the destiny of human values in a technological landscape. You can find him on Twitter, too, @shelldive.
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