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To Charlene

By Chase Chapley

After the 24th St riot, I must admit:  I’m shaken up.  I’m trying my best to be objective and report the facts, but I can’t ignore what I just saw.  It was pure horror.  Raw and savage.  I’m sure photos, and maybe a couple videos, will eventually surface, but I strongly urge that you not see what I saw, at least not unprepared.

My colleagues and I moved a few blocks away, cautiously bypassing the Dino Army as we did.  They didn’t stop or harass us, but we weren’t taking any chances.  I hesitate to say where we are now.  We are all shaking, even those of us who have seen war firsthand.

I’ve retyped this entry a dozen times, and it’s clear I need some time to process this.

On a personal note, I’d like to tell my wife, Charlene, one thing:  I love you.  You’re the best thing that’s happened to my life, and I hope that you stay safe wherever you are.  I had always been skeptical about “true love.”  It was a romantic notion for the young and simple-minded.  I was jaded.  And then I met you, and I realized how simple-minded I had been.

Thank you.  I love you.  I hope to see you again.

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