Michael grew up out past the suburbs of Wichita. Out where pastures and houses start to intermingle and you’re almost as likely to meet a combine on the road as you are another driver. It was just up “the hill” (a steep one, by Kansas estimates) about half a mile from where I grew up.
Now, two decades and a few scenery changes later, he works two blocks away from my studio in the sprawling metropolis that is downtown Wichita. I pass him in the crosswalks from time to time as we make our ways around between parking and work.