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October 11, 2008
Continued from 10/10

Hope is all but abandoned when A blusters into the room, a dark-haired swirl with eyes crinkled to match the laughing grin that can't help itself from cavorting across her face. At first, I have hope for this slightly chunky Jewish Park Sloper, married for 15 years and the mom of two or three kids. However, once I realize that she keeps looking over at me every time she says something funny, I sense more than a smidge of desperation and suspect that, given even moderate encouragement, she could glom onto me.

Hope is abandoned.

Continued 10/12