They walked around, saying YES and NO in the harshest tones, to every littlequery. A normal life, driven by gears instead of flesh. A fingernail slowlymoves across flesh, finding the seam like the blind hand on toilet paper. Sosplit, we move in two directions, each leg freed of the tyranny of the other,and yet as they move, a sense of impending horror dominates. Freedom can beso harsh. A brief flash of light, a photograph, a strange kinship. An insightdeep into your soul, and then the scraping of a razor blade along a table,to catch every last part, to divide between what is and what you want. Willit be returned, shared with interest, or will it be deposited for laterdisposal? But first, can the clockwork be repaired? I feel everything elsefade, leaving just the oddly glowing hill, strange colours cloaking everything,tiny fingers or hands that would move over us like ground coffee or tilledsoil.
She understands me. She understands me better than anyone else ever has.She can't support my weight right now, and only will allow me to supporthers a bit, but this is a precious thing, when someone can intuitively walkmy mind, taking different but true paths. If time's sewing hand is rapid enough,and an offer is made, yes, I will go when the time comes. If not, I may goelsewhere anyway. I never thought I might leave, but the wind is loud outside,and the second chamber has laid sandpaper that chafes my feet.
My passport has arrived. There shall be no more barriers for our trip toEurope and later journeys. My passport photo is, as tradition dictates, notparticularly good, only kind of resembling me, but it could be a lot worse.
An interesting tidbit from dictionary.com -- the normalenglish use of the word 'an', is related to the number 'one', in fact is asimplified form of it. I didn't know that. This, na klar, does not apply tothe other use of the word 'an', meaning 'if', which is very cool (and asthe site notes, archaic).
There was an article in the local Pitt News (UPitt's student paper)on Pittsburgh's continuing efforts to avoid going bankrupt. In summary, to avoidincreasing property taxes, they're going to impose an 'occupational privilegetax' increase from $10 to $145. A member of city council sees this as beingbetter than increasing property tax because "no one wants to see that -- not themayor, council, or anyone else". I don't understand this. Particularly, studentworkers, as the article notes, would end up paying it just the same as bigbusinesses, and it certainly hits the workers harder -- if they work littleenough, they could end up losing money by working. Same thing goes for thepoor. They do note that currently the property tax idea would not help withpeople who commute into the city, who don't pay property tax. This does hit ona problem -- surrounding communities offering little more than a tax dodge fortheir residents who otherwise would pay Pittsburgh tax. Having the city andthe county merge would fix things, or forming special taxes to target thosefolk would also help. It seems, however, that it's a far lesser evil to stickpeople like me who make a decent salary and live in the city with the burdenof making up for the tax-dodgers than it is to go with a plan that hits parttime/student and poor workers so hard.
Apparently, Philly is ready to join the (small) crowd of cities that're thinkingof offering internet as a utility, in this case the plan being to providewireless on lamp posts. I've been hoping to see this happen all over the placeand it's good to hear of it moving forward. Hurrah.
I don't understand this humour,but it's still funny.