portland was where I heard the front bottoms playing from everyones speakers.
seattle was were i saw everyone’s start-up name tags dangling from a lanyard.
the pacific north west was ripe with radioactive salmon that i just kept ordering.
that plate’s been sitting on your desk for three days. there’s scraps of egg and, what is that, corn?
i’d ran out to catch a bus back north, the plate and its contents escaped me.
and so did you, escape.
not exactly, no.
right, i guess you boomeranged your responsibilities.
what else have you boomeranged?
what have we all?
what’s coming back at us, and what are we heading back towards?
what’re you two talking about?
this plate of eggs.
that’s pretty foul, you guys. is someone going to clean it?
eventually, I suppose.
he is waiting for the proverbial boomerang of his forgotten tasks to come back and hit him.
Hey, it may hit you instead.
Yeah, I may duck.
It’s not uncommon to catch someone else’s boomerang. This one in particular, however, you may want to call the ball while it’s in the air.
You also may want to consider the ensuing stench and wether you’d like to bring a girls back to this room sometime.
You got me there. Hand it to me, will you?
Why should I be burdened with sharing the hit of your boomerang?
well, the less and less we help each other with the smaller boomerangs than the more out of practice we will be for the greater, more important boomerangs out there we may not even expect to come. And, what then? we shrug and point to someone else when in fact the width of the wooden curve is so immense that we all lose our heads.
Well if it’s all over eggs then we deserve it.
Savannah sat in front of her vanity. She puts on a pair of blue sunglasses, then tried a pair of red ones. No, neither of those would do. She opened a desk drawer and pulled out a few more styles, placing them on her face one by one.
Meanwhile at her job, a local 24 hour cafe that was unusually busy for a tuesday morning, her coworkers were less than thrilled that their 9 am relief worker was late and probably didn’t care at all. They knew Savannah to be aloof and apathetic toward her responsibilities at “the office.”
Savannah settled on a pair of white zebra printed shades as she colored her lips with a dark red shade of lipstick.
A waitress, 3 days into her new position at the cafe was counting out change for a twenty when the register shot open, giving her nerves a shock. She jumped back, knocking into a 45 yr old bus boy who had worked there for 8 years as a sort of indentured servant to his cousin, the owner of the cafe. The bus boy lost his footing and elbowed the coffeemaker, spilling the hot brown liquid down the side of the pot and onto an exposed frayed wire.
Savannah’s phone rang, not her cell phone. A wall-mounted telephone with a curly wire that stretched the length of her bedroom and about three feet into the hallway.
The cafe is in flames. Costumers aren’t reacting in any sort of hysteria and in fact all stand up as a waitress shoots water at the flames from the soda gun, which hits the bus boy for the most part, who is flapping a damp towel at the coffee machine.
Savannah rides up to the parking lot of the cafe on her beach cruiser. The cafe is a crisp charred gray. The windows are broken. The front door is on the ground.
The waitstaff is as busy as ever. There are tables set up in the parking lot where patrons are sitting under umbrellas, reading newspapers and drinking coffee and cutting into their eggs benedict or fruit kabobs. The kitchen staff is off to the side of the building hovering over grills and makeshift fire pits, courtesy of the explosion.
Someone, she doesn’t see who, throws Savannah an apron.
Staring down at the sun’s light hitting the concrete.
A slow golden crawl of evening heat embraces bare toes on neorothko stoops.
New energies conjure after six months of numbing sense derangement.
Bird shit and grime on the rails.
Through the bars in the distance a barrel bodied woman pushes an ice truck.
Behind her, presumable husband has the same deep lines racing across ruby colored skin.
Load yourself onto a catapult. Have six friends rotate the dusty, creaking 2-ton wooden weapon West. Scream and yell something abnormal and outrageous. This will signify your readiness. The massive rope begins to wind tight around the greased cylinder underneath you.
A rush of blood startles your nerves from the increased weight on the back of your skin. You’re lowered closer to the earth with seven uneven tugs. Let out a second roar. One of your friends kicks an oil rag off a stereo. He hits play on his iPod, which is connected to a tape adapter that sits inside the stereo.
The song you were secretly thinking about starts blasting, the only song that could match your current adrenaline levels. One of the girls in the group, with her dark sunglasses that sparkle red freckles in the sun, climbs up to you.
She reaches down to your stomach, her fingers swirl past your belly button, down in between your legs. She leans in further, brushing her lips against your chest. Her golden orange hair falls across the side of you neck.
Now she pulls back. A hard, brief kiss and then she’s gone. When they let that lever go, all else will gone as well. This is all that’s clear to you.
One last shallow breath. Then another. Then it’s over. No one’s letting go. You won’t be some lifeless marionette dancing alone in the blue sky after all. Pause is hit on the iPod. Climb down off the catapult.
NEWS FROM HOME::::
A week after Dylan learned to walk we took him to the zoo. He became so enamored with the Rosy Boa exhibit, he began imitating the snake at home and flatly refused to walk again, no pun intended!
NEWS FROM JULIA:::
Seattle had a week of warm sun before the sky strapped on its wooly anonymous gray sweater. The car that brought me out here three years ago wouldn’t start yesterday morning, so I’ve dusted off the goulashes and took out the beach cruiser, which looks pretty silly among the low rumble of fixed gears. I care not.
NEWS FROM THE BOSS:::::
This company, man. I’ve got a date tonight. Oh shit, did we buy a cake for whatsername- that’s today, right? I was up all night thinking about our new initiative. I’ve got to take my mother to the airport tomorrow.
NEWS FROM FRANK::::
I wrote this song for Julia before she moved out west. I never told her about it. The words go something like..
"Pulling the grass from your fathers yard,
Under the hammock we swung, that one time too hard.
Two feet to the ground,
the dirt stuck to our nails.”
Have you heard from her? I haven’t.
NEWS FROM THE WIRE::::
STATIC STATIC Russell 2000, S&P 500, Cotton, Crude Oil, Copper, Live Cattle, Lean Hogs, Soybeans, Silver, Wheat, Gold, Aussie Dollar, Corn, Sugar, Natural Gas, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Euro, Bonds, 10-year Note. 40 Degrees Here, Pile up on 95.
NEWS FROM MR. GILLIAN, NEXT DOOR::::
Ah, you see? The cold dissipates as the molecules in the atmosphere close in on each other warming the air. I was telling my son this morning that the world is emerging from the dilapidating winter depression. I told him his smile will be his armor. Boy, you can have your stoop beers and you can watch the dogs at the park and eye the glowing skin of the girls on the subway but don’t forget the to visit the forests and seas that frame this city.
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Samz always told his squat-mates, with his right hand over his heart, that “12pm-1pm is the hour to best consecutively switch from black coffee to red wine in the same mug.”
Dillon nodded, tossing out the cold sips he had left over his shoulder while Frankie said a “Here Here”, and they both raised their cups and let the wine flow.
"Specifically, 12:17, I’d say." Samz’s prescription was out of date and couldn’t quite tell that the wine was overflowing the mug rims, cascading over his dear friends fingers and onto to floor.