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        This is the city of Tacoma on Washington State’s Puget Sound, thirty miles south of Seattle.  “Tacoma” is a Native American name meaning “that frozen water”.  In the late 19th Century, Tacoma was called the “City of Destiny” because it had been chosen as the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad.  This was once the place “where the rails meet the sails”.

        In the beginning of this 21st Century the singer Neko Richelle Case sang of Tacoma in her composition Thrice All American:

It’s a dusty old jewel in the South Puget Sound

where the factories churn

and the timber’s all cut down”.

        That is Peter Giacomo in the maroon-colored Lexus over there, an on-duty Police Commander who has just arrived into the parking lot of The Tempest Lounge.  He is going to surprise his estranged wife Helen.

        He parks.  Peter…

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