The Super-Human Handyman

Bigger than a dinosaur. Faster than DSL. Able to knock down tall buildings with a single blow. Cera The Bull chuckles, and the room shakes. These things that people say about him may be a slight exaggeration. But be careful; they may be true. Let’s try not to put it to the test. Sead Cerovic, aka Cera The Bull, is indeed a big guy. His 6-foot-2 frame stands on 240 pounds of monumental muscle. With his Popeye arms, piercing blue-grey eyes, long, straggly jet-black hair and earring, he looks like a Viking warrior. Or a pirate. Or a prizefighter. Or&…

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The Girl Fumi Fell For

The black lacquer coffee table is covered with a piece of chocolate-brown burlap. Boxes of vintage buttons and beads are scattered about. Asami Hotta, cheerleader cute, kicks off her flip-flips and flips her long dark hair behind her head. Seated on a brown-leather footstool, she picks up a petite pair of pliers, and with the skill of a neurosurgeon, starts turning the bits into a piece of one-of-a-kind costume jewelry. “I love antique things,” she says, unscrewing the lid of a jam jar jammed with glittering buttons. “They are irresistible. I see the history, and I feel their energy.” Photo&…

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The Trespassing Teens

My friends in Connecticut always talk about the wildlife that raids their yard. Deer, rabbits, moles and foxes — this is the city, I don’t have to contend with such pedestrian pests. Every weekday from September to May, my small patch of property is overrun with none other than the Trespassing Teens. There is a Catholic high school whose back faces my back yard, and when the school bell utters its shrill ear-splitting peal every afternoon, the Trespassing Teens, traveling in packs of two to 12, spill out of its front doors like lemmings rushing aimlessly to the sea. Photo…

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