The Manzanar Scrapbook - A Story Shares Original

  • Chapter 1

  • Omura from Ork

  • Carlos

    As soon as I stepped outside, my nose and ears got numb.

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  • In about ten more seconds the rest of my face was frozen too.

  • Carlos

    It was early December, 2017.

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  • Michigan was having the harshest cold snap in years, according to all of the TV weather people.

  • Right now, at 7:10 PM, in my town of Redford, the temperature was a brisk 10 degrees.

  • Below zero, that is.

  • Carlos

    And that didn’t count the wind chill factor.

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  • I rolled my wool ski cap down over my ears and tried to use my big, insulated mittens to warm my face.

  • It didn’t work.

  • I resigned myself to turning into an icicle during the short walk to band practice.

  • I wondered briefly how long it would take, once I got there, to warm my hands up enough to be able to play my guitar.

  • Twenty minutes minimum, judging by how cold they were already getting, even with the warm mittens on.

  • Carlos

    My band, by the way, is called the People Movers.

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  • We’re named after the world’s lamest mass transit system.

  • It’s an elevated rail in Detroit that goes in a loop around the central downtown business and sports district.

  • It stops at the Renaissance Center, Cobo Hall, Joe Louis Arena, and a few other places, and that’s about it.

  • It’s great if you’re a tourist and want to see the amazing sights of the Motor City (yes, sarcasm definitely intended here), but if you’re a regular Joe or Jill who needs it to actually get places, it’s pretty useless.

  • Carlos

    Even so, my buddies and I thought it would be a good name for our band, which is kind of a fusion of rock and funk.

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