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WordPress Shortcode. Published in: Full Name Comment goes here. Are you sure you want to Yes No. Be the first to like this. No Downloads. Views Total views. Actions Shares. Do I note any Attitudinal Difficul- ties? T do not. How do Irate my Pasties over all? I faxitin rth momingin the Big Slt cee nice fit goat. Also a note: Ha-Bal it says. Sorry abut the no gat and all bit le mixup. In the ture, roben you look in Bere fora goat on every acasion you will find a goat, and nota note.
Happy cating! Around noon she comes over and looks at the eut on my arm, from where she threw the flint. No one pokes theirhead in, Ons farses till poked their heads in, this guy poked his head i.
This really makes you appreciate the way we live now. Doyou have Call Waiting? Ha-hal T pity you guys. And also, and yet, I thank you guys, who were my precur- sors, right? Is that your point?
You were doing the bestyou could? Just like Iam? Have a good one! When you ate meat, it was ike you were eating actual meat, the flesh of dead animal, an animal that maybe had been licking your hand just a feve hours before. The skinning? Plus 1 ook them in an oven, I don't squat there in my underwear with smelly smoke blowing al over me.
You paid your dime. When addressed directly, we're sup- posed to cower shricking in the cor- ner, but instead she answers twice in ish? Tgave her a look. Very nice. Both old days and T added it to our pile, then went into my Separate Area and put on my footies.
Did T note any Attitudinal Difficulties? A bit of ass-kissing, yes. Late in the night my fax makes the sound it makes when a fax is coming in. From Nordstrom: What? You told her? Did I tell you to tell her? And now you have the nerve to say she is doing good? Why should I believe you when you say she is doing good, when all that time she was doing so bad you always said she was doing so good? Oh you have hacked me off. Do you know what I hate? Due to my childhood? A liar. Dad lied by cheating on Mom, Mom lied by cheating on Dad, with Kenneth, who was himself a liar, and promised, at his wedding to Mom, to download me three ponies with golden saddles, and then later, upon divorcing Mom, promised to at least get me one pony with a regular saddle, but needless to say, no ponies were ever gotten by me.
Which is maybe why I hate a liar. Do you really think I care about how she is? I KNOW how she is. She is BAD. For reasons of documentation. Do you have any idea how hard it is to fire a gal, not to mention an old gal, not to mention an old gal with so many years of service under her ancient withered belt? Do not even answer me, I am too mad to read it. Which is not at all what I had in mind. No doubt my status with Nordstrom has been somewhat damaged.
But okay. Janet is now doing better and I am now telling the truth. So things are as they should be. Janet comes out and makes, very quickly, a nice little fire.
We squat and eat our Reserve Crackers while occasionally swatting each other with our hands. We get in kind of a mock squabble and scurry around the cave bent over and shrieking. She is really doing very well. I pound a rock against a rock in rage, indicating that I intend to toss some dirt in her face. She barks back very sharply. Someone pokes their head in. Young guy, kind of goofy- looking. And no customers. You never made a single piece of jewelry.
You just sat moping in the basement. I clear my throat. I give her a look. And you definitely swore at my workplace. I remember very clearly one time you came down into the basement and said I was a fucking asshole for wasting my time trying to make my dream come true of being a jewelry maker. And I definitely did not say fucking. I never say fuck. I quit that a long time ago. You ever hear me say fuck? I shake my head no. She never says fuck. When she means fuck she says freak.
She is very very consistent about this. They kicked you out of what? Of rehab? I feel bad enough, being called a thief by Mr. Doe in front of the whole group. What did you steal this time? Did you steal a stereo again? I borrowed something. The TV from the lounge. I just felt like I could get better a lot faster if I had a TV in my room. So I took control of my recovery. Is that so bad? But no. It was so boring. So I decided to throw everybody a party, because they were all supporting me so well, by letting me keep the TV in my room?
And then I ran into this guy with some substances. That guy totally fucked me! By being there with those substances right when I had some money? Do you hear me?
Doe was so right.
For you to win, I have to lose. Like when I was a kid and in front of the whole neighborhood you called me an animal torturer? That really hurt. That caused a lot of my problems.
We were working on that in group right before I left. I have to be here. Oh God, the group would love this. You have any idea how stressful that would be for me? She sort of like hallucinates? The other night she woke up at midnight and said I was trying to steal something from her. Can you believe it? Her necklaces got tangled up and I was trying to untangle them. And Keough was trying to help me. How am I supposed to get better without friends? At least I have one. Which I guess is sort of sweet.
Is that what you want? But it would help me turn my life around if I had a little money. Like twenty bucks. So I can go back and get those party supplies. The tooters and all? I want to make it up to my friends.
Like this might be my last chance. You know how it is. You got a sick kid, I got a sick kid.
My sick kid is three. I go to my Separate Area and get the twenty bucks. I give it to her and she gives it to him. The rest of the afternoon I hear sobbing. Sobbing or laughing. Probably sobbing. When the quality of light changes I go to my Separate Area. I make cocoa. I tidy up.
This is really pushing it. Her kid comes into the cave in street clothes, speaks English in the cave, she speaks English back, they both swear many many times, she spends the whole afternoon weeping in her Separate Area. Then again, what am I supposed to do, rat out a friend with a dying mom on the day she finds out her screwedup son is even more screwed up than she originally thought?
Late that night my fax makes the sound it makes when a fax is coming in. From Louise: Bad day, she says. He had a fever then suddenly got very cold. And his legs are so swollen. In places the skin looks ready to split. Ate like two handfuls dry Chex all day. And whiny, oh my God the poor thing. Stood on the heat grate all day in his underwear, staring out the window. Kept saying where is Daddy, why is he never here?
Also a big strip of trim or siding came floating down as we were getting in the car and nearly killed the twins. What do I do, do I forget about it?
Love, Me. I get into bed and lie there counting and recounting the acoustic tiles on the ceiling of my darkened Separate Area. One hundred forty-four. Plus I am so hungry. I could kill for some goat. But at least then you feel positive, which is, or should be, you know, empowering.
And power is good. Power is necessary at this point. It is necessary at this point for me to be, you know, a rock.
It is not within my power to cure Nelson, it is only necessary for me to do what I can do, which is keep the money coming in, and in order for me to keep the money coming in, it is necessary for me to keep my chin up, so I can continue to do a good job.
That is, it is necessary for me to avoid dwelling negatively on problems in the dark of night in my Separate Area, because if I do, I will be tired in the morning, and might then do a poor job, which could jeopardize my ability to keep the money coming in, especially if, for example, there is a Spot Check.
I continue to count the tiles but as I do it try to smile. I smile in the dark and sort of nod confidently. I try to positively and creatively imagine surprising and innovative solutions to my problems, like winning the Lotto, like the Remixing being discontinued, like Nelson suddenly one morning waking up completely cured. Next morning is once again the morning I empty our Human Refuse bags and the trash bags and the bag from the bottom of the sleek metal hole.
I step in and mime to her that I dreamed of a herd that covered the plain like the grass of the earth, they were as numerous as grasshoppers and yet the meat of their humps resembled each a tiny mountain etc.
I never dreamed that little shit would have the nerve to come here. And you think he paid to get in? I very much doubt it. My guess is, he hopped the freaking fence. I sort of curtly nod. Did you narc me out? About him being here? From now on, no more screw-ups.
I swear to God. Twice a month they open up the Reserve Tanks and the river widens and pretty soon some detachable house parts and Pioneer wagons equipped with special inflatable bladders float by, while from their P. I walk along the white cliff, turn down the non-Guest path marked by the little yellow dot, etc. I sit against a tree and start my paperwork. Most of them catch even better than me.
Good catch! That is an excellent catch. Pick it up. Put your glove back on. That was too hard a throw. I knocked your glove off. I mean, like everything? Those kids can really catch. Plus some of them went to camp for baseball and camp for math. Plus you should see their clothes. One kid won a trophy in golf.
When I missed a catch they were really really nice. They always said, like, Nice try. And they tried to teach me? When I missed at long division they were nice. When I ate with my fingers they were nice. When my shoes split in gym they were nice. This one kid gave me his shoes.
Why did they split? Those were perfectly good shoes. Then that kid who switched shoes with me wore them with his foot sticking out. And even with his foot sticking out he beat me at running.
He was really nice. Maybe he went to being-nice camp. Maybe he went to giving-away-shoes camp. You just have to be nice. Do you think you have to be rich to be nice?
It has nothing to do with it. Because your underwear shows. Your pants never ripped. Because I bought you good pants. They were very good. Among the best. So what did this Simon kid do? When his pants ripped?
Was he upset? Did the other kids make fun of him? Did he start crying? Did you rush to his defense? Did you sort of like console him? Do you know what console means? It means like say something nice. Did you say something nice when his pants ripped?
What were his parents thinking? Even though the other kids did. But a few kids were looking at my shoe funny. Because my foot was poking out? So I asked Simon why he smelled so bad. What did he say? Did he stop making fun of your shoes?
After you made that crack about his smell? The little shit. I paid good money for those shoes. We got him in boarding school.
Only the best for my kid! Until they close us down, that is. You heard anything? Anything bad? I heard they might be axing Sheep May Safely Graze. Which would kill me.
I get a lot of biz off those shepherds. Needless to say, I am shitting bricks. Because if they close me, what do you think happens to that kid out there in the woods right now?
Boarding school? You think boarding school happens? Boarding school does not happen, the opposite of boarding school happens, and he will be very freaking upset. How lovable you are. A shriek, and then what sounds like maybe sobbing. Then some louder sobbing and maybe something breaking, possibly her fax?
I go to her door and ask is she okay and she tells me go away. So I fax Louise. Everything okay? I write. In about ten minutes a fax comes back. Did Dr. Evans ever say anything about complete loss of mobility? I mean complete. Today I took the kids to the park and let Ace off the leash and he saw a cat and ran off.
When I came back from getting Ace, Nelson was like stuck inside this crawling tube. Had no power in his legs. I mean none. That fucking Ace. The poor thing. Plus he had to pee. Not much, just a little. Well worry a little. Ha ha, not really, I need that arm to sign checks. I fax back: Did you take him to Dr. I say. Duh, she faxes back. Have appt for Weds, will let you know. What about the other kids? Next morning in the Big Slot is no goat. Just a note. From Janet: Not coming in, it says.
Bradley lied about the tooters and bought some you-know-what. Big suprise right? Is in jail. Stupid dumbass.