09 March 2005

at least we had a good laugh, from the dark place and the pain

i just got off the phone with one of the casting assistants whom i often talk to. she sounded down, and i, being the good christian girl i am, asked if she was okay. she said, "yeah, i guess. you know those days when it just gets slowly sucked out of you?"

"yeah," i said. "but for me it's like first thing in the morning i walk though a sheet of plate glass, and for the rest of the day i slowly bleed from all the places where the shards are still stuck in me. and then every so often i sneeze and they cut deeper."

"wow," she said.

"wow," i said. "i'm sorry. i didn't realize i had that in me."

"me neither. i was thinking, 'wow, she's going to a dark place, and she is not looking back."

i said, "i can't," and finally the self-censorship kicked in. i'd said, "i can't," but the full thought i'd been thinking?

'i can't, because the glass has also cut me in my eyes.'

2 comments:

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those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country
speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse
without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was
room-temperature Canadian beef.

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just before it throws up.

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7. He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.

8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated
because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a
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fry them in hot grease.

14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across
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left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka
at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.

15. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences
that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.

16. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who
had also never met.

17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the
East River.

18. Even in his last years, Grandpappy had a mind like a steel trap,
only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.

19. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.

20. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil,
this plan just might work.

21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not
eating for a while.

22. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either,
but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land
mine or something.

23. The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender
leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

24. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with
power tools.

25. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells,
as if she were a garbage truck backing up.

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an elevator and you're the only one in there when the door opens.

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