Let’s Have Another Bullet Point Story, Courtesy of a Friend
So I have a friend that used to be in the tumblers troupe at the renfaire as a contortionist
We were chatting online and she told me to tell you all this story.
I love Kat dearly
but she forgets that she's stupid strong and hypermobile
so one day she throws her back out
bad enough that she needed painkillers and couldn't stand upright
"But also I needed Tampons and like. A Burrito, real bad."
she's flat on her back in her apartment when she decides this
and, in an
leap of reasoning, decides
"I can't roll my back forward to sit/stand up like normal.
But I can ARCH my back just fine.
I'm going to do that and get on my hands and feet in a stomach-in-the-air this-shit-belongs-in-a-horror-movie-type pose,
And amble on down to the 7-11"
"And get me that Burrito"
after midnight in July during a wildfire so it's hot as satan's own asshole and the moon is red and shit's already generally cursed.
Imagineyou are some poor sap working nights at the world's deadest 7-11, and you hear the door jangle but you don't see anyone's head over the counters.
Except you keep hearing noises like there's someone in the next aisle over.
Fucking around in the burrito section
It's also worth mentioning that Kat
1. sings whatever earworm is currently running through her head when she's not paying attention
2. sounds EXACTLY like some kind of creepy child from a horror movie when doing so
tonight's song is something from veggietales.
DUDE ACTUALLY STANDS HIS GROUND
and/or is really fucking high and isn't sure if he's tripping balls or notanyway
Kat goes up to pay for her burrito and tampons
She realizes the counter presents something of a challenge, and then demonstrates for me on her kitchen table at 4AM during a different july wildfire,
how she used the shelves to climb up the counter
like one of the boston robotics beasties
dude stares at her for like, five minutes and says.
“Oh No!” Says Kat.
“Just Take ‘em.”
"Really? I can leave cash-you don't have to give me change I don't want you to get in trouble with your manager."
"Oh! OK! Thank you!"
"Yeah ok bye."
Shortly after she arrived back at the apartment, she got a text on her phone from the campus security about "A Suspicious Individual" at tle 7-11.
It took her
to realize she was the suspicious individual
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why is it that whenever I am disillusioned with the world I go back to the epic of Gilgamesh
“It is the story of their becoming human together.”
This is it. This is the oldest written literary work that we know of, and it’s a story of becoming human together.
This is a story about love, and it’s a story about death, and we told this story thousands of years ago, THOUSANDS of years. We have always, always, always been wrestling with this profoundly beautiful existence and with knowing one another, while knowing that we all will die and be forgotten.
We become human by loving, but we also become human by knowing death.
And I’m just sitting here touching other human beings, another human experience, from across millennia, feeling a bit more human too through it, and I am trying very hard not to cry.
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