Archive for November of 2009

November 20, 2009
The Temple

It was about two years ago, not long after SureShot started sleeping on the couch in my living room when his marriage broke up once and for all. He had found someone new, we'll call her N., back at his hometown, way off in the deep dark south of Germany, even though he thought he had turned away from home forever. And it was good, very good, he couldn't stop raving about her. It was giving him a new lease on life just when everything seemed desolate and cruel. At the time, neither one of us knew whether it would be just a romance on the rebound, a flight to comfort while the rest of his world was crashing down around him, a way to feel like a geiler Typ again, rather than a failure at everything that mattered. If that's what it was, I told him, then it made sense, it was just what he needed. But he could already tell that the relationship might have staying power, and he was willing to do what he could to make it last (and it has). I let him keep talking, egged him on, told him to soak himself up in it, take his shot at good luck and run with it.

One night he was telling me about his last visit with N., showing me pictures on his mobile that were getting increasingly racy. "You won't believe what she was doing," he gushed, "listen to this ...", and I started to recognize which way this was going. He was gathering momentum, pretty soon nothing be able to stop him.

"Whoa, whoa," I broke in, "wait a minute, don't tell me everything you're doing with your girlfriend!"

He looked back at me skeptically. "Why? We know we can trust each other. Why does there have to be something we can't talk about? Does there have to be something sacred?"

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November 17, 2009
HALLO, NACHMITTAG.

HAST DU ZEIT, MIR EIN PAAR FRAGEN ÜBER DAS LEBEN ZU BEANTWORTEN?

WIE GEHT DAS MIT DER LEIDENSCHAFT?
WAS BRAUCHT MAN FÜR EINE POSITIVE LEBENSEINSTELLUNG?
WIE ENTSTEHT MUT?

WELCHE FARBE HAT ANGST UND WIE KANN ICH SIE UNSICHTBAR MACHEN?
WOHER KOMMT DER MENSCH UND WOHIN GEHT ER AM ENDE?
WIE FÜHLT SICH PERSÖNLICHER ERFOLG AN?
WANN WAR EIN LEBEN LEBENSWERT?
WO FINDE ICH, WAS ICH SUCHE?

ICH BIN BEREIT, NACHMITTAG.
AUF SENDUNG.
WENN DU ANTWORTEN FÜR MICH HAST, GIB MIR BITTE EIN ZEICHEN.
ICH BIN DORT, WO ICH IMMER BIN.
IM GEIST. IM BAUCH.
IM MOMENT ZUHAUSE.

DANKE, NACHMITTAG.

November 02, 2009
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November 01, 2009
In Which Your Author Extemporises Mellifluously While Gallivanting Through the Tenses

This is embarrassing. It's embarrassing because as I read through these "rules", I can think of examples of my own writing in which I have "fulfilled" almost every one of them.

(h/t Plutonium Page)