Whiskerino 2009

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  • posted: December 22 @ 4:52pm
An excerpt from The Last Receipt:

"In truth she changed her name -- not that anyone knew it anyway -- and moved to Amsterdam. She kayaked the fjords of Norway in summer, alone. She kept the last receipt in the top drawer of her dresser, and when the nights drew long, when the cold seeped between the cracks in her windows, she would take the last receipt from the drawer and look at it. Its crisp white edge was a silhouette in negative against her old dark hands. The way you burp an infant was the way she turned it, she ran her fingers along the single creased fold the way you search a child for scoliosis. She harbored and hid the thought that she might love the last receipt for keeping her away from the probing, sensationalist world.

When she was old and even the trivia fanatics had mostly forgotten her story, she dialed the hotline of a radio show in Nebraska. Where she was it was morning. The cracked window was still open because it was summer and the humid air helped her breathe. It was the hour the night girls wandered home in pairs and triplets, the hour the sunlight lost its red and orange beauty and became what it would be until it was beautiful again in its setting.

When she told the vulgar jockey who she was he claimed the last receipt was given 100 years ago and that if she was who she said she was he'd be able to smell her from there. She said it was 78 years ago and that she was living in Holland. You mean the Nether-lands, he said. He laughed. These days, granny, we give receipts as much as we give damns. Take this one. Then the old woman heard the stuttering click of a dead connection.

The night girls, her age inside, laughed beneath her window. The old woman heard in the hollow spaces between each syllable the receipt of guilt their generation would never give away."

Comments

Chuck Damage says:
Nobody's commenting on your picture because the caption is way too long for their attention spans. Or perhaps I'm just projecting. Either way, I feel bad, because you took a cool picture and it deserves some comments.
Posted: Dec 22nd, 2009 - 5:27pm -
wondermade says:
New camera?!
Posted: Dec 22nd, 2009 - 6:22pm -
Yogi Beard says:
Surprise! Also, I like the caption.
Posted: Dec 22nd, 2009 - 6:49pm -
Ryan! says:
Hi Joe.
Hi Jen.
Posted: Dec 22nd, 2009 - 8:43pm -
Moses Marion says:
not bad depth of field for a P&S eh?
Posted: Dec 22nd, 2009 - 8:50pm -
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