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[American Story] 【整理】SENEWS-2008-0223-FEATURE On The Road (4)

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An hour later good soil was being spread by men with big machines. Men who were not used to working for free. They were working for free. I stood there and watched. By noon cement has been put for a tennis court. Before the sun went down a basketball court was done. Many people worked all night. On Saturday Morning, a crowd of several hundred people came to work. Black and white, old and young. They planted trees and grass and made patts and places to sit. By Sunday afternoon the park was finished. I went back there more than 2o years later in the shade of the trees which were now very tall. People were sitting and playing in the park. I thought back to the weekend the park was built. A black man had looked around and said :" This is the best thing that has happened since I came to Reno." He did not mean the park itself. He meant building the park.

In the first year on the road I fell in love with my native land. I rode the robot * tree through *. I rode the Delta Queen Pattle boat down the Ohio river. I rode the cable cars up and down the hills of San Fransico. I spent time among Pennsylvania Dutch farmers in * Pennsylvania and Greek's bunch of fishermen in top springs Florida. I met M.C.: the roadside poet of golen junction *. At his store he sold gasoline for 39 cents a gallon and his poems for ten cents a piece.

That first year I produced 47 stories from 23 states all of them my own discoveries. The biggest discovery of all was about myself. On the backroads of America I felt at home at last. I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life
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