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20 February 1996

Blessing in Disguise

When I returned to town after dropping off my camera and computer, I heard the sound of gunfire in the distance. It was so loud that I almost instinctively reached for my gun, even though I haven't carried one in years.

I soon discovered the sound was coming from hundreds of large firecrackers, part of a Chinese new year celebration. Two dragons were dangling in a smoke-filled street to the music of constant explosions. It was a wonderful sight.

I didn't have a camera, but I did have pockets to store the exploded firecracker casings. They proved to be much more visually interesting than dragons; everyone knows what dragons look like.

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