Dave Westerlund’s Day

I was sitting Thursday evening at the Random Order Pie Bar translating [details available upon request] when the hour of 6:30 came round: the Daylight-Savingsed Sun was about 15 degrees above the horizon, out the picture window which runs along one side of the cafe.

A black form stood between the sun and me; streams of glowing hair flared from around the head, which was formless, colorless, and close.  “That’s you, isn’t it, Dave?”

A wrinkled male face emerged from the glare immediately, with the familiar grizzled look of a man ten years  (at least) my senior [I am 69] but still exhibiting strength and vigor of will.  Dave sat down.

The meeting of the Cascadia Chapter of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon, of Thursday, 14 April 2016, convened on time.

Dave announced that he will be bringing an in-kind donation to the Cascadia Chapter, worth 50 dollars, namely 1000 Chapter business cards, to the meeting on 21 April.  The donation is to be publicly accepted by at least two members of the Chapter [D. Westerlund is an interested voter but not a Chapter member], and the Treasurer, if we can get her to do it, will issue him a receipt from the Chapter for the donation.

At 7:15 the proprietor of Random Order cafe came to the table and spoke to both of us.  My notes as to exact words were confirmed by Dave, who listened to her as well.  The Chapter is welcome to continue meeting weekly at Random Order, but it must comply with three conditions.

  1. no one is to appear at the venue hours before the meeting
  2. no one will stand in the doorway to the cafe
  3. no talking will occur with cafe employees beyond ordering service

All three conditions being immediately and sincerely accepted, the meeting continued.

We discuss David Swanson [internationally known anti-war activist, on book tour]’s scheduled visit to Portland 16 April; Dave is looking forward to attending with a friend.

The final topic is the upcoming meeting of the Citizens Review Board, which has been warned that its “atmosphere” offends the police: Dave will not be able to attend, living about 100 miles distant, but members H. Soles and the Chapter secretary are certain to be there.  Celeste Soles has indicated an interest as well.  The action by the chief of police of the city, we concur, is intended to end open discussion of police brutality.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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