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Not Always the CharmAs I write, I'm waiting for a coin in the mail. I've been waiting for a couple of weeks, and looked in my mailbox only yesterday. The coin wasn't there. Trivial as it sounds, there's a bit of a funny story behind this.
I've been serious about collecting ancient coins since some time in the 1980s, when I bought my first Roman piece. It wasn't much an irregular disk about the size of a dime, heavily patinated with brown that was almost black. I could barely make out some of the letters, which seemed to spell "Claudius." Claudius! I thought it was the famous first-century Emperor Claudius from Robert Graves' books.
Actually, it was Claudius II, also named Gothicus. He lived over 200 years later, and today I would have known instantly that the design was not first-century.
Having paid off my last purchase a little while ago, I was in the mood to go "shopping" again.
The TrundlerThe waste land behind the fire station is always silent. No birds sing there, and even the wild rabbits and feral cats avoid it. Weedy wildflowers nod their seasonal heads in the breeze. Lying fallow in the midst of housing developments, shopping malls, the new movie theater — the vacant lot stands out like a knife wound on a woman’s placid face, shocking, brazen, ugly.
It is always empty. Except for one thing: a ragged heap of old trash, all nasty black tar paper and vicious snarls of rusted wire, car parts and broken glass and other junkyard jetsam. The embodiment of injury waiting to happen, an invitation to a tetanus shot... the city never hauled it away. No one ever wants anywhere near it; it radiates an eerie sense of calculating watchfulness.
And at night, it wanders.
When darkness falls, and the last cars heading into the hives of tract housing stop illuminating the asphalt with moving-picture shadows, it… unfolds. Bitter, broken tangles, grotesquely mov
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