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  • So you kin just travel -- I ain't givin 'money away on uselessnesses!'

    From Sand Hill to Pine Bret Harte 1869


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  • The Good Humor trucks blared bells

    Each afternoon, their engines

    Whirring to save the delight

    Of cold, sweet uselessnesses.

    Nuclear stereos rocked

    The boulevards, the old piers

    Splintering and rotting out.

    --David Rothman, 2007, Goodbye to Greenpoint, p. 19 in

    Sailing in the Mist of Time

    September 26, 2009