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Sometimes driving the highways and byways of my town is very surreal experience. A list of things I have actually seen with my own eyes on the streets of my fair city:

  • A young man pedaling one bicycle while carrying another full-sized adult bike across his shoulders with the seat of the second bike balanced on his head. I was impressed.
  • A pair of blue Croc clogs, each about three feet away from the other one, balanced on the white line that divides the lanes of traffic. Both shoes were facing the same direction, too. Why? Who knows.
  • A white falcon or hawk (possibly a gyrfalcon) winging across the highway with a struggling raven clutched in its talons, closely pursued by another raven.
  • An ice cream cart–no, not an ice cream truck, a cart–cruising the back streets while playing that tinny ice cream truck music. The vehicle appeared to be a longer than average golf cart with a small freezer attached to the back. I didn’t know whether to admire his money-making spirit or ponder his madness.
  • Written in the grime on the side of a grungy truck waiting at the stoplight: “I wish my girlfriend was this dirty.” And they say romance is dead.
  • Bumper sticker on the back of a baby’s bike seat attached to his mother’s bike: “Co-pilot.”

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I took the Dresden Files quiz and discovered that I’m a Knight of the Cross (see below). In the Dresdenverse, that means that I’m one of the men and women chosen to bear one of the three holy swords–Amoracchius (Love), Fidelacchius (Faith), and Esperacchius (Hope)–and to do battle with the dark forces that stalk the earth. Taste my letter opener, evil doers! 🙂

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I am Michael Carpenter. I am one of those honored by God to serve His Will as a Knight of the Cross. My faith is strong, unshakeable — and deadly to the truly evil. It’s my job to seek them out, to get them to change if I can, and to stop them if I must. And I am not alone in this. Never alone. God watches over me and sees that I am sent where I am most needed. I carry the holy sword Amoracchius at my side — that nail you see in the hilt came from the Cross. The other Knights stand by me. My wife and children are just as fierce as I am — God help you should you try to find out if it’s otherwise. And there are others. Together we all stand, shoulder to shoulder, against the darkness. Our faith has been tried, tested, and proven resolute. No matter the cost, no matter how bloodied you might make us, we will not bow, and we cannot fail. God’s Will be done — on Earth, by our hands.

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