Matt had his own methods, not particularly original, of relieving the strain of DSB. He had resorted to them several times since the strike began and Myrine had apparently deserted him. But she wasn't the only one who was proving fickle: since he had accepted a job with the Republican Campaign Committee of Oregon, the first paying job he'd had in years, everyone seemed to have deserted him. They'd always bugged him for being flakey, and now that he could finally support himself, they were acting like he'd committed treason. He didn't know what was the matter with everyone--he had been a member of the Green Party, but he had never been a Democrat.