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02.11.2004 - 8:10 p.m.

Wednesday

FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER: THREE VARIOUS PLEASANT MEMORIES TOLD THREE VARIOUS WAYS*


* Whenever I go all KRAZY4CAPSLOCK I feel like I'm ripping off Mimi Smartypants, but luckily (LUCKILY I SAY [which looks like "lickily", ooh]) you will never confuse the two of us because Mimi is like tiramisu and I am like diet fudge soda.

ANYWAY ONTO THE MEMORIES

It's exactly that time of day in the late summer where dusk moves with an almost audible click into nighttime. The day was beautifully long, illuminating the park until everyone laughed and told each other how much they would miss this time of year, and some people just gazed skyward, smiling at the softly glowing sky.

She's walking home, her house is only a few blocks away. She feels a tingling, a thrumming along her body from exercise, and a silly giggling buzz from having hit three (three!) balls quite nicely.

The night is so warm, so thick, she feels like she's moving through bathwater. It smells sweet and grassy, until she passes a driveway with two boys washing a car, and she inhales a sharp tang of wet asphalt and soap.

As she walks by each house, she hears, for a brief moment, the activity within. Everyone's windows are open. Most doors are open, with screens. She hears televisions, a snippet of a show. She hears a blip of a conversation. She sees squares of light, silhouettes.

It's the most amazing sensation. She's moving, but she feels like she's standing still. She's alone, but she feels like the world is somehow swirling with her, around her.

This hot night, this shutter-flash of other peoples' lives, this perfect moment.

:::


You're, what, seventeen? Filled to the brim with all kinds of fucking melodrama. If it's not one thing, it's another - and you want the world to see. Oh, the agony, you wear it like a beauty contestant's sash. You're a walking cliché: white makeup, black everything, trembling sneer.

You're so tough.

You're in Portland, which you think is pretty hot shit. Actually, you're kind of freaked out because you're from a small town, but it's not like anyone is gonna know that. No way. You are decked up in your 14 hole Doc Martens and your nose ring and your Manic Panic hair, because you are fearless.

Not.

You're with a group that's hanging out in Pioneer Square. You know a couple of people, but not everyone, and you're feeling seriously fucking intimidated. You are occupied with trying to smoke a Camel Light without coughing (and without dragging too fast because that makes you kind of sick) and you're digging your toe into the cement steps and you're mostly laughing at what other people say.

"Hey," says a guy. He's sprawled on the steps, drinking something out of a paper bag. He's got an enormous green mohawk, studded leather jacket, a tattoo on his neck. "You."

You are seriously freaked out to see he's pointing at you.

"…?", you say, because you are just that cool.

"You have the best," he says, and you see that his eyes are what you might call extremely dilated, "the best chin."

You stare.

He lifts a hand and traces a shape between a U and a V in the air.

You're so tough.

Not.

:::

I was sitting at my desk tonight, getting ready to leave. Workplace, as you know provides meals (oh, or didn't you? hello, and welcome to the size of my ass), and I had packed up dinner for myself and JB. Barbecued pork and green beans tonight, mm-mm.

My coworker Scott poked his head in the door and smiled at me. "A little bit of pork," he sang out, "equals a whole lotta love!".


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