|My new home. Can you see me?|
In many ways, it's a relief to be out of Portland. Here is something I learned during the three years I lived there: if you love sun and dancing and aren't a fan of excessive facial hair or vintage clothing, then Portland might not be the town for you. And if your answer to the question "Ducks or Beavers?" is "Raiders," then you probably don't belong in Oregon.
|I do miss giggling when driving past this place, however.|
It's pretty easy to internalize Orcas' laid back style. Before coming here, I had a hard time staying less than 10 mph above the speed limit. On Orcas, I find myself looking at speed limit signs and thinking, "What's the limit? Okay, 35. How fast am I going? 23. Hmm. Well, 35 just seems excessive."
My current state of utter seclusion seems to be a great fit. In general, I find that I have much more benevolent feelings towards humanity when my interactions with actual people are primarily smile- and wave-based.
|Isn't it nice just waving and not speaking to one another?|
#1 - You become convinced that Pandora is reading your thoughts and attempting to communicate with you via its song selections. You may also find yourself arguing, out loud, with Pandora (e.g., "It's not my fault I don't like that crappy Nickelback song you chose! Why must you punish me with advertising?!").
#2 - You realize one morning that you've been using the same fork for an entire week. You decide it's time to start using a different fork, and when you look through all the available forks and choose a new one, it gives you a little thrill.
|Oooo, perfect! I can't wait to try it out!|
#4 - You can't remember the last time you had an actual conversation with another person. Was it yesterday? Last week? 2008? Even the sound of your own voice sometimes startles you. When you find yourself in a situation that requires verbal communication, you discover that you have lost the ability to have a cliche conversation. Someone asks, "How are you?" and you answer, "There's a painful blister forming on my heel," or, "I'm having extreme PMS symptoms this month," or, "I'm getting kind of nervous about my financial situation."
|I need one of these as a warning to others|
- Last night I only slept long enough to have a dream that I was having insomnia.
- I wish I could learn from my mistakes before making them.
- Life is funny sometimes. Not ha-ha funny, but blow-my-head-off funny.
- I was such a self-righteous little shit as a kid...um, and still am. But now I'm right.
"Try not to kill anyone."