Red Moon

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The windows of Fox Tower and the surrounding mall and office buildings glow yellow. Pioneer Courthouse Square—known affectionately as the living room—is a tiered and bricked crater in the heart of do...wntown Portland. A full city block decorated with fountains, now dry, and potted plants, now empty, and edged with pillars and trees through which, like a tangled spiderweb, hang garlands and strings of lights. The light-rail rolls by, its bell mixed up with the bell rung by the Salvation Army volunteer stationed at the corner.
    On this cold November night, thousands of people have gathered. Breath plumes from their mouths. They stamp their feet to stay warm. They wear fleece and wool caps and red-and-green holiday sweaters. Daughters in Santa hats roost on their fathers’ shoulders. Boys sip from paper cups of hot cocoa and ask, dozens of times, how long it will be until the lights come on, and their parents say, soon, soon. All eyes are on the dark-limbed seventy-five-foot Douglas fir erected in the center of the square.A fat, white-bearded man in a Santa suit walks through the crowd, ho-ho-hoing and patting heads and handing out tiny candy canes wrapped in clear plastic and crouching down to gaze kindly at shy children who hide behind their parents’ legs.The sky is clear, but when the wind rises, it appears to snow, ice crystals blowing off the buildings and trees, making the darkened air sparkle.Reporters from KGW and KATU and KOIN, wearing red scarves and black peacoats, stand before video cameras on tripods.
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