When preparing for the moments big or small, some people rush frantically ahead, while others remain calm, almost meditative. Embarking on an evening of romance, a couple cuddles near the Queen Mary. Awaiting judging at a national tattoo convention in L.A., Jim Peterson strikes a reflective pose. Readying for the future that stretches out before him, a man studies at a quiet row of tables in Long Beach. Students at Burroughs High School in Burbank make last-minute touch-ups before a performance.

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