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May 17, 2003
My father lost his job at the factory the following February along with 1000 of his closest friends. Considering many of them frequented Mac’s Bar, I imagine my family was not the only people affected by the layoffs. I assumed the removal of his exhaustive dayshift would energize him enough to find another job elsewhere, but I was mistaken. And without the exhaustion-reducing dark bitterness – which I realized now was about reducing daily living exhaustion, not factory exhaustion – my father’s patience was also laid off. Dinner each day as a family was a quiet display of “Don’t Set Off Dad.”