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Re-Counting Beijing The Drum Tower had sixty-nine steps to the top. Only counted fifty-nine then, I found a place to pee while standing. Got into my rickshaw and headed home ahead of a group, groping for answers. A troupe of inquisitive Americans invading the hutongs of the outer city. As I closed my eyes, I re-counted the steps from fifty-nine to one, falling asleep to the rocking of a rickshaw.
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