Secret Asian Man (4/22/09)


Once, as a child, I walked with my friends to a nearby park to play softball and happened upon an empty syringe. We all stopped to stare at it and were pondering its origins when the only adult in the group (who also happened to be one of the boys’ fathers) smashed the syringe with his work boot in a none too subtle attempt to tell us what he thought of smack. So while drug paraphernalia strewn near a baseball diamond was part and parcel of life in the city, so was a protective chaperon whose narc-like tendencies would have made Nancy Reagan stand up and cheer. It’s also worth noting that suburban residents have substance abuse problems that rival those of their big city counterparts, despite the lack of evidence in their public parks.


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