Sebastian Matthews

River Road
My first inclination was to shake my head and walk away. But something told me to give him a chance. So I stared a little longer. He didn’t look like a serial killer.

Zombie Apocalypse
Is it imminent threat sounding in the revved engine? Derision caught in side-view mirror snapshot? Or plain old disdain drumming its fingers on the drivers’ side door?

Vance Monument
At the recent downtown protest two different factions ended up squabbling with one another.

Parking Deck
The woman looked into the windows as if shopping. I could have been out with my mother on an afternoon stroll. She stopped. “This!” she pointed at the window of a hair salon. Her face lit up.

Dog Park 10. Credit: trpnblies7. On Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/trpnblies7/6811773500/
A few more back and forths like this and I realize I’m the only White person who will join this Black couple—outsiders twice over—and that the larger group keeps their distance.

Hatch. Photo: Sebastian Matthews
Earlier this morning, the shuttles were full of employees; the halls empty. Now we’re in full swing. I wait at the bar for an overpriced beer. The boys have joined the line for the Vortex, egging each other past their cartoon fear.

Pelicans. Photo: Sebastian Matthews
The wind is so persistent up here the seagulls float in place above the tables, wings flapping as if in flight, making little dives at tossed tortilla chips.

Mountain Drive By
Snapshots from a mountain town.

Mountaineer Inn
Lately I’ve come to believe she never stops walking, like the mythical shark that can never rest.

Swimming Hole
It's almost summertime, and that means it's time to visit a swimming hole.

Falafel 5K
Musings while monitoring the Falafel 5K.

Floor Clean, Home Depot
Race at the Home Depot.

LEAF Moon
Camping at LEAF

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