If I’d known I was going to have to leave this way, I’d like to think I’d have behaved different. Maybe I wouldn’t have sat with my friends in that Austin, Texas cafe fifteen-some years ago and shown them our futures. But by now, there wouldn’t have been anywhere to stay.

Flags for the city of San Pablo, the state of California and the United States flap gently in the breeze against a blue sky outside City Hall in the 1000 block of Gateway Avenue in San Pablo, California

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