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When I was a kid we left the dirty streets of Brooklyn New York for the quieter suburban streets of Connecticut We moved into a large house in Norwalk Connecticut Norwalk is the sort of town that dreams of being a big city but will always be just another small port on the Connecticut coastline Like out of some horror story the south side of town offers plenty of frightening images ghettos drug dealers prostitutes graffiti and even young urban professionals The south end was a popular place to work but when the day ended these young men and woman got into their BMWs Porsches and other toys and drove to safe ground Most found their way to surrounding towns Westport Wilton New Canaan and others Other people like my parents crossed town through East Norwalk to our home in the northern end of town Sometimes I would hear my father boast to far off relatives that we lived in a nice residential neighborhood otherwise known as the good area In most horror stories as the hero approaches some haunted house or some other terror you can shout Dont go in there Stay away People moving into Norwalk have no such luck they move into the charming town without a clue of its underlying sickness and disagreeable citizens One of my first discoveries was the river that passed through the middle of town I was only a kid maybe ten when I started fishing by the edge of the river It wasnt easy finding the perfect location this was a place where I would want to be alone a place to get away from the unhappiness that would spread like fire through my home on occasion This time away was possibly the most important thing to me then When I turned eleven years old one of my favorite gifts was a large book When the moment was right I ran upstairs to
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