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I might be out of touch with reality, but I have a growing suspicion that one of the girls working in my neighborhood bakery is Amélie Poulains. Same build, same posture, same hair cut and this unique gaze which just lets me know that when her shift is over she will cry about the world's disregard of beauty and make plans about fixing other people's life because she cannot deal with her own.

I had a sense of duty to let you know that.

Since I have moved out on my own and am working now, I've met lots of new faces and had several interesting conversations with a few. Several have asked me if I have kids and when I tell them no, it seems to suprise them.

I remember in highschool, girls became pregnant all the time. Although it wasn't due to actually wanting a child, they did have one, and most kept it. Asking who was pregnant that week was a sort of small talk, it seemed every month someone new would turn up pregnant. It (...)

I was in Florida a few weeks ago to visit friends and enjoy the sunny Gulf coast. It was a good time, but I was amused to observe that Florida has redesigned their license plates. Apparently the old plate, which featured the state outline and an orange, was too easily confused with the Georgia peach, which is why it was redrawn to include two brighter-orange oranges instead of just one.

But Florida has a rather, shall we say, unfortunate shape. Add two oranges, placed in, again, a (...)

The Doorbell is Inside.

That has to be the best sign I've seen on my door to door aerating job. Like my brother said, I should have knocked and asked "Can I please use your doorbell for a minute?"

Yes, I've been working. For Kando (pronounced "can do") Property Services. I had an aerator, and I walked around going door to door and asking people if they want their lawn aerated. Amazingly, it made pretty good money. Now we do contract work, and I'm paid hourly. But that door to door was quite (...)

Have you ever looked very closely at a flower? How astonishingly precise it is, with all its petals; yet there is an extraordinary tenderness, perfume, a loveliness about it. Now, when a man tries to be “orderly”, his life may be never very precise, but it has lost quality of gentleness which comes into being only when, like with the flower, there is no effort. So our difficulty is to be precise, clear and expansive without effort.

You see, the effort to be orderly or tidy has a (...)

Something I've learned: when a small town is described as "quaint," "picturesque," or "a slice of oldtime Americana," what they really mean to say is PARALLEL PARKING HELL.

For about 5 weeks prior to my sixteenth birthday, I was a parallel parking queen. Then I took my drivers test and promptly forgot how to do it decently. But it hasn't mattered, because I've either been in places with parking lots, or living abroad without a car. Until now.

If I had a time machine Ray Bradbury-style, (...)


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