Lincoln City, OR
”Do you want to take my photo with an AK?”
This was a three-in-one store. One store was Radio Shack. The second sold firearms. I never asked what the third business sold.
He was a 19 year old preparing to go to the Air Force. He had lived in 22 states between the ages of 5 and 12, when he settled in Oregon: ”all of the states west of the Mississippi, besides some of those boring northern ones.”
I asked if he had a love story.
”I broke up with my girlfriend recently. She used to punch me whenever I’d beat her at video games.”
Any advice about love, I asked?
”Don’t date a black belt.”