I was trundling down the street here in Berkeley late last night. I’d just flown in from a gig, so I had a big rolling suitcase and a knapsack. I was also balancing a pizza box on my hip, as I’d picked up some long-awaited dinner. A woman was coming towards me on the sidewalk, moving slowly, on crutches. Maybe she had a garbage bag over her shoulder. (It was dark.) Intent on getting home, I rushed past her, narrowly averting a crash into a garbage can as the suitcase and the pizza box threw off my balance. I suppose I also was mildly worried that the woman would ask me for something, like my pizza. I just wanted to get home. From behind me, I heard her voice ring out: “That takes talent!” I laughed. She had reminded me of our humanity.