sixty seven

Day Sixty-Seven

-Turning around, I found myself face to face with an unnaturally large cat with a two foot-wide head. After a moment of reevaluation, I found myself face to face with a hyper-realistic cat purse. This did not ease my fight or flight response.

-A father and his son came through my lane in matching Batman outfits. While undeniably adorable, I do wonder if the child realizes he already has more than Bruce Wayne ever did.

-In regards to his purchase of a bland gift bag and white tissue paper, a man asked me, “Is this cute enough? For a girl?” Before I could get out a polite but definitively dissenting answer, he told me that it was good enough, and that he was now done shopping. I cannot imagine the woman who is lucky enough to deserve this level of thoughtfulness.

-I met either a young boy decked out head to toe in elf garb or an elf stopping by after a long shift at the workshop. The date is December 17th and, whichever it may be, they made my day much brighter.

-I was unfortunately forced to ring up a legitimate Nazi, complete with tattoos, long white dreadlocks, and Confederate flag badges. I almost considered saying something, but then I noticed the gun on his hip and decided that I was too hungry to die without another good meal.

-A woman purchased two boxes of Dark Magic. I was disappointed to find out that was merely the name of a coffee blend, and the store had not decided to start delivering what the people really want.

-I was asked to pull up a woman’s credit card and charge it using just her name. It was not even a Target card, so I am unsure as to how she expected me to accomplish this, but I know that as soon as we achieve this ability, several people will find themselves donors to the Get Tom A Pet Sloth Foundation.

-A pair of white men in black leather trench coats loitered around my register for far too long without so much as looking at an item. They each wore a fedora with the brim pulled down, showing only the scraggly remnants of a beard in the act of escaping to their necks from their faces. Never before in my life have I been so sure that I was going to get shot.

-I had the delight of seeing a young girl skipping around the store in a fuzzy Chewbacca onesie, the picture of  comfort and style. This is truly where fashion meets function and I hope to see more of this movement in the future.

-A man in his thirties purchased a bottle of Hawaiian Punch and a copy of The Notebook at ten o'clock. He is in for a night I truly envy.

-Approaching the bathroom to blow my nose, I heard a series of beeps coming from inside. As I stepped through the door, I found that it was a man dialing his phone from inside the stall. He was then on the phone with who I believe was a doctor. I do not know the details of what happened in this stall or why it warranted calling his doctor so late at night, but I am grateful that it was not me this time.

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every series of doctor who [1/9] →  series one

Do you know like we were saying, about the earth revolving? It’s like when you’re a kid, the first time they tell you that the world is turning and you just can’t quite believe it ‘cause everything looks like it’s standing still. I can feel it. The turn of the earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. The entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty seven thousand miles an hour. And I can feel it. We’re falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world.

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67 Ford F-250 ¾ Ton Pick-Up by Greg Gjerdingen

A Recap: (spoilers)

1) Donald trump kissed three men
2)the moderator said “that could mean anything”
3)Benedict sat the wrong way on the toilet and it was literally the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my two hundred and sixty seven years of living
4) Benedict played a professor that was marrying a rich girl from new York but felt he should be allowed to love the touch of another man!!!! Don’t hide it baby, ur beautiful…
5) the church lady came on for no goddamn reason, calling Hollywood “Homosexual”, as if, Dana carvey needed to soften the blow???? For something????
6) “ohmigod BENNY” do I need go on???!!
7) the….strippers……..
8) Benedict played an illusionist who met this one guy by complimenting his penis
9)“what subtext?”
10) SNL??!! WHY?????!!!!

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67 Imperial Crown by Greg Gjerdingen
Via Flickr:
I had been passing by this Imperial for a couple of years. I finally had time to inquire about and ask if I could take some pictures. It did have right front fender damage. The fender is now fixed and the whole car has been repainted. The original finish looked good to me, but must have been faded.

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67 GMC Pick-Up by Greg Gjerdingen
Via Flickr:
I travelled Up North to my family’s cabin to meet a friend that was visiting from California. I spotted some cars along the way and took some shots.

this is the first time you said hello and the time I ignored you on the elevator because I did not know yet that I loved you. these are the sheets that went untouched the first night you kissed me – you did not want more. This is the moment we romanticized my unshaved, prickly personality and made it something that could break.

Here it is -
all the moments you picked apart when you said goodbye,
strewn across the bathroom floor.

I ate your words like breath mints,
Tried to savor them, make them last forever,
so I never had to forget how you tasted,
but they burned a hole in my tongue.

explosive words are not meant to be consumed.
love was never meant to be toxic.

I have written three hundred and sixty seven poems
about our departure and my readers
tell me that I am unoriginal now.

I am still writing to heal my ache.
I am still writing to get it right.
if I am being honest, we tried too hard in the end.
I knew you were leaving when you put the toilet seat
back down and you did the laundry.

you cleaned the whole house and I knew you were
scrubbing every inch of yourself out of our home.
Whether this was for me or for you, I do not know.

I stare at these words you left me - these moments
we used to love.
I set them on fire
and wonder if I’ll catch, too.

Amanda Helm - Departure

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100 days of teen wolf

   day sixty-seven ;; favorite boyd moment

           “i have a really good verbal memory. and I remember 20. i remember that distinct “twa" sound, “twa-enty”

“i said fifty. with a “fa” sound. hear the difference? if you can’t, i can demonstrate some other words with the “fa” sound

Who was I at age seven? Sixty-eight years later I can still inhabit that boy’s body without thinking of the time between.

Am I as old as I am?
Maybe not. Time is a mystery
that can tip us upside down.
Yesterday I was seven in the woods,
a bandage covering my blind eye,
in a bedroll Mother made me
so I could sleep out in the woods
far from people. A garter snake glided by
without noticing me. A chickadee
landed on my bare toe, so light
she wasn’t believable. The night
had been long and the treetops
thick with a trillion stars. Who
was I, half-blind on the forest floor
who was I at age seven? Sixty-eight
years later I can still inhabit that boy’s
body without thinking of the time between.
It is the burden of life to be many ages
without seeing the end of time.

~ Jim Harrison, Seven in the Woods from Dead’s Man Float (Copper Canyon, January 2016)

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67 Ford Fairlane 500 by Greg Gjerdingen

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Do you know like we were saying, about the earth revolving? It’s like when you’re a kid, the first time they tell you that the world is turning and you just can’t quite believe it ‘cause everything looks like it’s standing still. I can feel it…the turn of the earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. The entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty-seven thousand miles an hour. And I can feel it. We’re falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world.