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City Folks Part 2, The Guy on Oakland Road

January 11, 2010

There is a guy on Oakland Road.  Everyday he is nowhere to be found, but at night from about 9:00 PM until who knows how late, he sits at the Oakland Road exit.  He sits on a guard rail and doesn’t say a word.  He simply sits, watches, and holds a large empty cup from nearby Burger King.

The city moves and breathes past Samuel every night on its way to sleep.  His motionless face gives no indication if he cares.  But his empty cup asks Oakland Road cars to exhibit such a sentiment.  So he sits, waits, and watches.

Many San Joseans create the oscillating momentum that moves in and out of the city everyday.  They are a part of a greater mob that encourages economic growth, community strength, and cultural beauty.  Others sit still. They simply watch the city pulsate through the night from a guard rail on Oakland Road.

The city moves and waits, therefore we must wait and move with it.

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