I was driving along and saw some whitish thing on the road, nothing that looked to extraordinary, but it moved in a funny way. Slowing down to better apprehend if it was something I could run over (a plastic bag) or needed to avoid, I suddenly saw that the object–presumably trash–was in fact involved in some sort of relationship with a bear. The bear was exiting the scene even as I came to understand this, so that by the time I had finished thinking “Bear!”, he was gone and I was past that part of the road. I goggled at nothing for a while after that, but the bear itself was very nearly a phantom. It would be inappropriate to say I got a good look at him. But it was a bear. Definitely. Or else it was Temmy. But I don’t think he was out eating garbage in Vestal.