Liberty Calls

by Leonard Pierce

In keeping with the mixed feelings about the place I expressed yesterday, I had a hard time leaving L.A. today. In my mind, sometimes I am the barnacle, and sometimes I am the ship, but as I rolled out after a quick stop at Von’s for some supplies, I definitely felt like something vital was being left behind.

For thematic as well as aesthetic reasons, I decided to listen to Mike Watt’s moving, masterful concept album Contemplating the Engine Room as I left Southern California. His nautical/automotive metaphors and analogies of punk rock to the seafaring life struck home for me a lot today, and, of course, dude’s still in Pedro. When the rollicking “Liberty Calls” started thrumming from my speakers, I thought: that’s me. I’m on liberty call.

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