June 30, 2009


  • Three men stand about the coffee stall reciting pi to the fifth decimal as if it were the Greek alphabet. They all agree on 1415, but each has a unique subsequent number, and they each have a ten percent chance of being right. One has predator eyes, and looks up from his cappuccino every time someone joins the line. His eyes tag them for a moment, and he interrupts the conversation on pi to offer a new fact about the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Santa Claus on the street is accused by a loiterer of being ZZ-Top. Santa Claus makes the mistake of smiling and stopping, and the street person quickly asks him for presents. Santa whispers through his moustache that he is really a vagabond, and they both laugh as friends.
  • Two drug addicts posing as punks sit outside the Nike store before it opens to talk about the day. One announces to the other the secret to life: “It’s science!” He then quickly tells the other to shut up.
  • An Asian mall security guard is perched like a Bedouin reading the book “The Agitator” on his 15-minute break. His eyes can barely see above the top edge of the book.
  • An obese tourist in a polo shirt walks with his nipples erect to the world.

3 Responses to “MINUTES”

  1. Do tell what the above ‘list’ is from or if it is the blogmister’s own creation.

    • urbesque Says:

      The walk to work in the morning is long, and these are some of the interactions that I witnessed this morning.

      I’m considering keeping a daily log under the general rubric of “marginal notions” which this blog daily explores. These are more descriptive than creative, so the heading “marginal notions” didn’t seem to fit exactly. That’s why it will be under the heading “Minutes.”

  2. Thank you for the favor of your reply. So, the list is a list of ‘true’ things. Very intersting. Much potential for writing. Different observations every day of different people–or not if they all keep to the same route.

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