Rhode Island is the last state in the union that still celebrates V-J Day, despite the fact that most of the soldiers who fought in that war are dead, including my grandfather who died not in the Pacific, but pacifically in a land-locked state out West, among the sage and the scrub and the Mormons. But I'm going to conform to this sixty-odd year observation and shut the shop today so that my wife and I can eat some Indian (food) and maybe take in a show. I hope, Stranger, that you do not mistake me for a warmonger or hater of the Japanese (people). I am merely a man taking advantage of an opportunity for sloth, like so many of my fellow Americans, good and bad.


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