Saturday, March 19, 2011

the rules

we received a complaint about our curtains. having stood on the sidewalk attempting to blindly throw snowballs at my roommate on the third-floor balcony, it surprises me that people can see our curtains. the curtains are taller than my roommate, however. perhaps one of the neighbors drove by in a double-decker bus.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

don't get confuded

zere are many places that sell disposable apes, but far fewer that offer the disposable toucan.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

not like grapes

here is an object. it is a small object about the size and weight of a stone that you might find on your lawn. that is, if you live in one of those places where your lawn is made up entirely of stones, or one of the places where stones are simply things that frequently pop into place between clumps of dying grass.

you have this object and you do not know exactly what it might be, however you feel that it was a gift. it's not a gift from anyone you know, but you have this sense that you can't really get rid of it without bothering the person who gave it. you decide to keep the gift, probably in a drawer or box that stores things with minor sentimental value or occasional utility.

if, later in life, you meet the gift giver, will you show them the object, or is it best not to mention the gift at all? or, when it comes to that chance meeting, would you remember the object was ever a gift?

Monday, March 07, 2011


marc stopped complaining about the bottom of the barrel. an empty barrel was always an empty barrel. every time he tipped the lid off and ducked his head inside, the bottom was still a part of the barrel.

naturally, the following day, he found some new candies to add to the barrel. he tore at the paper sacks they'd been delivered in, and tipped them in one at a time. the echoing of the bouncing candies was mellowed with each load.

finally he stood and replaced the lid. on the table the shredded sacks waited. grabbing the first, he balled it up with both hands, then reached for another. when he had gathered them all, he had no idea where they should go. marc left the door open behind him, walking out to toss away the papers. he left the barrel standing where it had stood empty.