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Sun., Aug. 5, 2007, 1:44 a.m.

Larry And Me — A Composite Story Begun by RSPA

please continue this story, we can do a chain story about Larry and the Pony and any other HBO characters you'd like to bring in

The light turned red. Larry and I sat in his pickup truck waiting. It seemed forever. Larry sighed and I asked "what's wrong, Larry?"

"I don't know, this light takes so long"

I nodded and smiled. We watched the other cars, unfettered by red lights, driving quickly past. Larry sighed again and said "Can I ask you something, Pony?"

"Sure, Larry"

"Do you think I'm kind of crazy? You know, always trying to find things to obsess about, to complain about?"

I looked at Larry. He was wiping his moist brow with his right hand while drumming his fingers rapidly, yet strangely arrhthmically, with his left hand on his steering wheel.

I knew a lot depended on my answer. Larry was vulnerable.

"Larry, let me put it this way, I know you think you're doing your community a great service and clearly you have a lot of passion for your beliefs and -"

All of a sudden the light turned green. Larry floored it. Before I could finish my sentence, Larry pointed out the window and shouted "Look at that! Damn!"

"What Larry? What?"

Larry slammed on the brakes and whipped the truck over to the curb. He was visibly agitated.

"Larry, what is it?"

"I can't believe this! This is unbelievable!"

The truck had barely stopped rolling and Larry slammed it into park and lunged out his front door. I opened my door to get out but Larry shouted "Wait, Pony! just wait!"

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.