November 10, 2016

On the night of November 8th, 2016, I walked home from work half paying attention to traffic and half glued to live election updates on my phone. I scrolled through the numbers and the red states and the blue states and wondered how much and how fast things were about to change for the US. I was shouting at my phone like a crazy person, walking into light poles, and shrugging at the cars honking at me. I finally got to the front steps of my apartment building entrance, took a seat, put my gloves on, and lit a cigarette. 

I thought back to November 4th 2008, the day Obama swept the race for presidency. I was sitting comfortably in my room on Guam watching live coverage on the news, breathing heavily between homework and hoping. How different it was for me then, the island heat and...

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