• The Ship

    I had come to the Port on the Ship. I had stood with my fellow passengers upon her bow, rising high and white above the water as we entered the harbor; then at mid-day I, like the other passengers, wasted no time in descending the broad gangways where we were met by the welcoming locals who greeted us by placing garlands of flowers on our heads and toasting us with spiced drinks of local creation. For hours I had wandered the streets of that magnificent port. Once it had been the vanguard of a mighty empire now long forgotten but today it was a place of exotic beauty, a place where all the ships of the world came to trade and to mingle and to exchange stories of the myriad sights they had seen and the many novelties they had encountered so that all the world would know the secrets beyond their own horizon. I became enraptured of the Port. All day I had explored its myriad winding streets, engrossed by the aromas of exotic spices, the tastes of unknown languages, the colors of foods I had never seen and the touch and taste of alien but strangely beautiful woman. So when it was time for us to return to the Ship for the evening I remained behind in the port, for the Ship was not due to depart until long after the next sunrise and thus I knew that I would have time to continue to sample the novel

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  • Random Thoughts at the Mall

    It’s cold. It’s wet. I can’t do my daily walk outside. Guess I’ll go walk around the mall for a while. Crowded in here. Guess everyone else had the same idea. Why are all of you just standing here? You’re in the middle of the walkway. Do you have to stand in a line across the walkway just to talk? Huh, looks like the music store is going away. Big sale, maybe I should go check it out. Nah, when was the last time I bought a physical CD. I’d just have to rip it to get it on my phone anyway; I’ll just get whatever from Apple or Amazon. Guess that’s why the music store is closing. Another empty store. Looks like they’ve got a lot of those. Oh great, a bunch of people taking a survey. Let’s see if I can dodge past them. Another pretzel place? There are three pretzel places in this mall? Do people really like pretzels that much? Man, there are a lot of carts selling iPhone cases too. Is there really that big of a market for those things? Now a bunch of moms with strollers just standing in the middle of the walkway. Are Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister the same store? Just wondering. A train? There’s a kiddie train driving around inside the mall? Do they not want people to walk around here? Shoe stores. Man, there’s a awful lot of those here too. Do people really buy that many shoes?

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