confined to your own head, you might as well be a steam engine. burning little holes in your turncoat. making new friends in old dens. masking proclivities. barking at intruders like a dog. what caused her, so many times, to remove herself from the same line of thinking? the man with the cocktails doesn't know, but he knows the solution. the solution to all life's problems, to be imbibed and controlled. the embrace for the embittered. the fuel for the fire. the stoke for the engine the energy to keep chugging along at a good clip.