Summer 1994. Final day of road trip with Ralph. Grab quick lunch-- then drive straight home. We stop at Burger King in some casino. The aural and visual cacophony is absolutely enervating... Zombies pulling slot levers and a huge guy sitting near the women's room staring and jiggling his leg.
We have entered the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts.
Standing in line, in front of us, is an Asian family. A woman (early 20's?) is gently massaging the shoulders of an older woman (her aunt or mother?).
An image so incongruous in its tenderness; it suddenly returns to me today.