I stayed up until 5 am this morning, driven on by copious amounts of blessed caffiene, the server move, and a steely determination to finally see the much ballyhooed Leonid meteor shower.

At 4 am I got bundled up and went outside to the park across the street. I stared up at the night sky, waiting for the show to begin.

A couple of bums hassled me for change and cigarettes. Bikers roared by on their buffed-up, mufflerless motorcycles. A group of teenaged kids walked by, dragging a drunk companion between them like a sack of potatoes. And then stillness.

But I saw nothing. Goddamn light pollution. I went back in, defeated and bone-weary.

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