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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day—it comes every year, whether you like it or not. It’s the day when your love life (or the lack of it) is put on display; when there’s always a chance for romance. Or disaster. It can be confusing. And it can be lonely.

I’m writing this note in an outdoor cafe in a side street in my hometown, sipping espresso as thick as the devil’s sweat. I just came from the airport, and when I arrived home, I played a few records my grandfather had left me. Then I immediately went out for brunch.

Coming home for Valentine’s is not like coming for Christmas. I have this strange feeling that I’m not myself anymore. Sitting here, asking myself “Why am I in this city?” is all I can think in my mind. Everything around me starts to look unreal. Of course, if I trace the tracks of how I got here I can come up with an explanation. But on a different level, I do not understand.

The me sitting here and the image of me I have are not in sync. That sort of feeling. Can you understand what I’m getting at?

There’s one thing I can say for sure though: today is a bad day to go home.

The Numbers Game

1:what colour do you talk in?
2:what songs do you think people remember you by?
3:if you could take claim for any invention, which would it be?
4:radio or mp3?
5:what movie character would you choose to be your parent and why?
6:if people floated instead of walking, how far off the ground would you be?
7:choose a song to live off of.
8:would you rather have clouds for feet or suns for hands?
9:is your phone charged enough?
10:if you could choose one person to protect with your life, who would it be?
11:if you had to choose one person to be protected by, who would they be?
12:what book do you need to read?
13:who saved your life?
14:CDs or vinyl?
15:if you could only repeat words said by one person, who would you want to be echoing?
16:do you like feeling tall?
17:do you like wearing other people’s shirts?
18:if you could breathe music, which artist would you choose to inhale and which would you choose to exhale?
19:would you rather have hair that changes color with emotion or get injured each time you’re touched by the person you love?
20:what are the promises you’ve made to yourself?
21:if your family died, whose house would you go to for safety and reassurance?
22:what wouldn’t you do to help a friend?
23:if you had to choose one music artist, actor, or author to become your mentor, who would it be?
24:who do you admire most in the world? why?
25:what are songs that make you want to become the sky?
26:would you rather be the night sky or the day sky?
26:would you rather be the sky or the earth?
27:would you rather be the earth or the moon?
28:would you rather be the moon or the sun?
29:if you had to change your name to something else, what would you change it to? why?
30:are your hands cold?
31:if you had to choose three articles of clothing to keep for the next three years of your life, what would they be?
32:monet or da vinci?
33:van gogh or michelangelo?
34:if you were a teacher, what would you assign to your class as their first project?
35:how do you pronounce ‘crayon’?
36:have you ever wanted to be invisible?
37:have you ever wanted to be everywhere?
38:if you could change any one thing about your current surroundings, what would it be?
39:do you hear things in layers or all at once?
40:neon light or natural light?
41:if you could choose one instrument to master overnight, which would it be?
42:are you okay?