Poor Little Fellah

Perspective has to be one of the most flexible materials in the known universe. I thought I knew myself. I don’t. I thought I was aware of the world. I’m not. The stars are expanding with a silent malignancy that’s been diagnosed but goes untreated; there’s a monster in the center of the galaxy swallowing life on a scale so incredibly vast that the very thought of it makes my heart stop, and then it vomits this chewed, destroyed life back out into space in a stream of bile so poisonous that it kills all in its path. Meanwhile, here in Springfield, Coach Brody is disgusted with my putting form, and is worried it will never get any better. He’s right to be worried. It won’t.

Dropping acid on the golf course was insane. The whole image of Brody-as-a-rodent expanded into this crazy cartoon character, living and breathing in front of us, with his red eyes strangely benevolent and his dimpled balls lurking mischievously in his tight pants pocket. Whenever his back was turned, laughter would overtake me to the point where my knees would buckle, and I would sit down hard with tears streaming. Brody would stop his oratory on hand placement and glance back at me with a slight scowl on his face, and—I swear to fucking god it’s true—he would wiggle his nose, chin up, testing the wind, just like a mother fucking rat. Even his nose hairs seemed to be as long and stiff as whiskers. I kept expecting him to paw the air with his tiny hands, but it never happened. That would have been too good, I suppose.

After a while, my antics put Brody off enough that he turned to me, leaned on his putter, and, regarding me with the sad smile of a man who understands simplicity, said something like, “You need to understand that golf is like Buddhism. If you are sufficiently practiced, you can determine your own game. But you must quiet your mind, son.” To be honest, he made me stop and think for a minute. The whole idea as it applied to life was obvious and eluding all at once, and I intended to ponder the matter until I got to the very core, but then the whole sky shifted and the hills undulated imperceptibly; a fir tree standing next to me began to breath deeply and I lost the thread of my thoughts.

When dusk came to the rolling green, the world turned mystic: a quarter moon hanging in the middle of the sky, with bright stars dotting the ceiling and fading away as the colors turned neurotic near the horizon. A low mist rolled in and hugged the ground, causing me to grab my own head to make sure it was still on my shoulders, and not floating away in the cosmic jetsam. I turned to Sugarbear to see if any of this insanity was registering with him and was completely shocked to see that Coach Brody had vanished entirely. I panicked just a little, grabbing Sugar’s arm and I kinda squealed, what the fuck happened to the rat man? Sugarbear and Johnson cracked up at that, hitting knees etc, and I was like what the fuck, and Sugar dries his eyes and says, “Dude, he fucking left like ten minutes ago. You said ‘later days, better lays’ to him.” Wow. I know it happened, but maybe it was like something that was happening to a future Pendel on another plane. I was entirely yet pleasantly befuddled about the whole thing. I was speeding through the universe at fifty THOUSAND miles per hour on a rock that was spinning fast enough to cause me to go flying off into space where my head could quietly explode without bothering anyone, and I was wondering if Coach Brody liked me. I voiced this concern out loud, and Sugarbear just laughed even harder. “Oh Jesus, Pendel. Brody probably doesn’t even know your NAME, man. He doesn’t know ANY of us. Just take it easy. It’s only golf. It doesn’t matter at all.” How the fuck could Brody not know my NAME? Sugar shook his head. “Look, don’t think about it. Why would you even want him to know? You don’t want people knowing shit like your name if you can help it, dude. That’s like one of your main fucking problems, Pendel. You tell everyone your name, man.”

It struck me like a rubber brick that I had no clue what Sugarbear’s real name is. I asked him. He said, “Exactly, dude.” My head continued its comfortable spin. I wandered off on my own and never made it back to those guys.

Soon it was full on night. I wandered around the vicinity of North Fountain Blvd, in and out of the neighborhoods, disgusted and thrilled by what I saw; much was hilarious and my head vibrated with inner guffaws at nearly everything. The artificial light splashing across lawns and trees was fucking creepy cool, all yellow and white and secret, and none of these people snug inside their asshole a-frames and split levels knew that the lunatic was now among them, haunting their driveways, watching as they cleared their plates from the table and seethed at each other over apple cobbler and coffee.

I was sitting on a random boulder that some idiot had stuck in their own lawn—I assumed to make mowing as difficult as possible—staring at a quaint little abode across a street that I had never even heard of, when the front door opened and Mr. Hanson stepped out of the door and sat down on the porch steps. My mind began to bleed. I mean, what the FUCK, you know? Seriously, what are the FUCKING CHANCES OF THAT? Nothing so frighteningly random had ever happened to me before EVER, and I was shaken to my very foundation by the thought that I might in fact be wrong about NEARLY EVERYTHING. The street lamps were illuminating the land all wrong, they seemed to roam and refused to hold steady, and the breeze was blowing the leaves in the trees like a hand brushing against sheer curtains—or were they moving by themselves? They are in fact alive, no? Hanson had brought a small cooler out with him, and after setting it down pulled a cheap can of beer from the inside and cracked it open. He took a swig and then set the can down and began to rub his temples. It was hard to make out the look in his eyes. He was too far away and it was night. I know he hadn’t noticed anybody watching him yet, and since, luckily, the past few nights had been rather chilly, I had my black hoody with me and so pulled the hood over my head.

No sooner had I done that when the screen door to the house banged open, and a very petite woman looked down at Hanson, and with what can only be described as HATRED, threw a book at him. Paperback. As she did, she hollered at him so the whole freaking neighborhood could hear, “Here, maybe you want to break THIS, too!” As the screen smacked back shut, I could here her say, “Useless!” before disappearing again indoors. And then, AMAZINGLY, Hanson dropped his head into his hands and started fucking sobbing. Ugh. Holy fucking shit. Even from 30 yards away I was totally embarrassed for him. I was completely confused, stuck on the question of how a person could break a book per say, when the door bashed open again, and the scrawny chick was back, only this time she had her own drink in her hand and she just stood there holding the screen door open with her foot. “Jesus, look at you. This is crazy that I have to put up with this.” Funny, I was feeling the same way about Hanson just a day or two ago. I slid as quietly as I could off of the boulder, and moved to the shadow of some shrubs planted just a few feet away. Just in time too, cause the woman looked up and down the street, I assume to see if anyone was listening to her berate the man with the moustache in front of her. “Come inside, Andy.” Andy. Did I know that? Hanson made a fucking gross sound like he was sucking snot back up his nose—a sound that I HATE—and his voice was all cracked like a CHILD, and he says “No!” Wow. Such defiance.

“I don’t want the whole goddamned neighborhood seeing my husband crying like a sissy on my own goddamned porch, Andy, now get in here!” Oh my god, the fucking drama! The veins were standing out in her THROAT as she screamed. If she didn’t want the freaking neighbors to know, then why in the hell was she yelling so damned loud? Well, whatever. Obviously she DID want people to see. Obviously she wanted to make a FOOL out of the man. Much to my chagrin, I began to feel bad for Hanson, and oddly protective. If anyone was going to yell at this asshole in public to make him look foolish, it should be me. So anyway, again he refused her, saying “You’ve got no right talking to me the way you do. Go back inside. I want to be left alone.”

And so she kicked him down the stairs. THAT’S RIGHT, FUCKERS. She moved fast like a horse and just booted his ass right down the steps. He tumbled like a sack of shit and hit the sidewalk hard on his shoulder. He just laid there and whimpered, and it struck me for the first time that he was probably fucking wasted. Then the boney chick’s foot lashed out again, this time kicking the cooler and the open beer down on top of him. He did nothing. He just lay there in a growing puddle of suds. She hollered, “I HATE YOU!” and disappeared inside. Hanson just kind of rolled around on the ground, moaning “No, no, no…”

I was utterly appalled.

Porch lights started coming on in the houses around me, and I knew it was time to make myself scarce. My buzz had abated greatly, and I was feeling very suspicious of the world, but my skin was still alive and my spidey sense was still tingling, so I made my way home and sat up half the night rocking out to Mayhem by the light of my flashlight.

People are twice as mysterious as I had originally thought, but Mayhem still fucking rocks balls. Life is getting more interesting, if not better, and it’s hard to say if I will ever snap back completely from the incredible coincidence of finding Andy Hanson, too wasted to stand and crying on his front porch.

Playing With Fire

I have a lot of balls in the air.

Yesterday I heard from my miserable Uncle Ben regarding my retarded legal struggles. The police, on the strength of this blog, are going to go ahead and try me in A COURT OF LAW. Ooooo. I am shaking in my mother fucking BOOTS. Fuck the cops, fuck the court of law, fuck the LAW, and fuck my goddamned useless lawyer, Uncle Ben, for giving me up.

And all of you can shut the fuck up; I know he did it. I thought I should tell him about my blog, because I heard somewhere you tell your attorney everything, so I did, because I am an IDIOT. I told him it was all make believe, that I want to be famous (not FAMOUS famous, but you know, internet famous), and that I wanted to write novels when I GROW UP and that this is great practice (HA HA HA HA HA), and he was like, “Pendel, you always seem to choose the least intelligent path. Why is that?” Oh my GOD.

ANY-FUCKING-WHOS, after I tell that rice-eating bastard about my “made up” website, and tell him that it might be best if he KEEP THIS KNOWLEDGE TO HIMSELF, my mom comes busting into my room that very freaking night asking me what the hell is wrong with me, why did I do it, why do I hate her, how could I get hooked on psychedelic drugs and foul my temple (that’s what she calls a person’s body—so gay and gross), why have I forsaken MY GOD—yes, that’s right, she fucking asked me why I have forsaken my god—and I looked her right in the eye and I said, what god, mom? The one that gave you such an awful son? Oh man, she wailed like a stuck Irish pig at that one. She said that if I hated this family so much then I no longer had to be a part of it, and that she’s sick of my lies, and that I have embarrassed her so so badly in front of her DEAR BROTHER, who was so kind to try and help me out of the MORASS of TROUBLE I have created for MYSELF and EVERYBODY AROUND ME. I said if you want me out of your lousy, stinking house, I’ll leave. Just show me the FUCKING DOOR. AND! I told her that if her brother wanted to help me so badly, then why the hell is he TELLING THE WHOLE FUCKING TOWN EVERYTHING I SAY TO HIM?? What the hell kind of lawyer DOES THAT? I am so pissed. I could bite the head off of a fucking Rottweiler right now.

Uncle Ben, if I end up going to jail, I am going to kill you. My own goddamned lawyer acts like he thinks my website is true? I swear to god, I will boil you in your own flow-through pouch until you are tender and fluffy and I will eat you with chicken. Make book on it, asshole.

My court date is a month from now. It should prove to be very stimulating.

The other day I tripped acid again, but it was on the golf course with Sugarbear and Johnson. It was insane. After we all parted ways, my head was still buzzing like a downed power line after a tornado, everything just pulsing with such a hilarious energy, and I knew I didn’t want to go home for a few hours yet, so I wandered the sunset until I accidentally (?) came across Mr. Hanson’s house. My friends, I saw some crazy ass shit.

And I will tell you all about it later. LATER.

I Am Screwed and I Don’t Really Care

I’ve got a shrink that I go to. I’ve gone through several of them, and mostly I just hate their stinking guts and don’t bother going back, but eventually dear old dad will have a conniption and find me a new one, and off I go for more baffling rationalizations. I think they all want me to break down in tears for them; they all want the revelation to surface from the black muck of my spiraling spirit so they can look in the mirror at night while brushing their whiter than white teeth and say to themselves, “Hey, I really DID something today.” It’s a great time. But this last guy, let’s call him Dr. Douchenheimer, he seems to have duped me into sticking around longer than I wanted to. Oh well. It does me no good, as my life just seems to spin out of control faster and faster. I mean, not even a week ago I had never tried drugs really, now I’m dropping acid at the dinner table. Before too long, I will have my very own rap sheet! How cute. How ADORABLE.

But Dr. Douchenheimer seems to have all the patience in the world for my bullshit hatred—which really just gets me even more pissed at him. With the others, it seemed like they would get as impatient with me as I would with them, and our mutual annoyance-fest made it easy for me to hit the tiles and move on to the next sensitive genius. I wasn’t giving them the results they wanted, and I WILL NOT take a handful of fucking pills everyday because who the fuck knows what that nasty shit does to a young man’s dick and his desire to use it, and I certainly do NOT want to let my guard down for even a second for fear of the creeping zombitis—the rotten and debilitating disease that has taken over the minds of so, so many in my illustrious peer group, causing them to decorate lockers and cheer for no good goddamned reason for sports teams that mean absolutely NOTHING to them OR in the large scheme of “things,” and the raping and pillaging of the village virgins goes on unnoticed under the clogged noses of the fucking swing choir, and the drama club is too busy practicing veneers to see what a joke we’ve all become in the eyes of the elders we’ve sworn to follow. And the marching band. Ha. That music sucks donkey dick when placed next to the celestial thrashing of Mayhem. Would the pills take even that sparse happiness from me? The world will never know.

So from the very beginning, Dr. Douchenheimer was very cool about my no psych-drug policy, which made me immediately mistrustful. He said he was good with me trying to fix myself without outside interference, and I was like…fix myself? Am I broken? And he said, “No, but you’re not completely well, either.” That made me blink, but I guess I’m a sucker for someone who seems to be telling me the truth, so I’ve stuck around. Doc Douche got me started on this stupid journal—although I am positive he never meant an e-journal, ha ha ha—and so the other evening when I was at his office I wanted to tell him that I started it, but first I had to get my very eventful week out of the way.

He was not pleased in the slightest when he heard about Camile’s dad’s windshield—he’s a guarded mother-fucker, though, so it’s hard to say what he really feels about the shit I pull—but he didn’t seem terribly torn up about the acid dinner; he just looked at me like the sly bastard he is and said, “I thought you weren’t into medications?” Touché, dick. After I went through the sordid details of my recent life, we talked about cries for help, and I was like yes professor obvious, I am crying for help. Help! Help! Get me out of my dork-infested school! Get me different parents! Stop the fools who run the show from rubbing my nose in their precious GOD all the time. That, of course, made him bring up the way I “degraded” Camile in church, and I was like, doc, I’m fading, you’re losing your patient…we’re losing this guy! Give him 500 cc’s of ANYTHING, stat! CLEAR. THUMP-THUMP. He backed off. I also like how he backs off. He holds up both hands as if to say, “whatever.” But that’s totally ok. “Whatever’s” cool. Everyone thinks answers are supposed to be so specific, but how can they be? Have you ever heard of dark matter? My friends (can I call you friend?), you can’t GET any LESS specific than THAT, but it seems to be all the rage among the answer-makers these days.

When he brought up Camile is when I told him that I took his advice about the journal. At first he lit up like a gasoline-soaked hobo. I suppressed the urge to feel proud that I made him happy, instead I went ahead and followed a more sensible course: I put my freaking guard UP, bubba. You see, everybody is looking out for numero-fucking uno, make book on it. It’s the third law. (1) Death, (2) taxes, and (3) get what you can. I know that Dr. Douchenheimer is constantly looking for ways to feel good about himself, and like anybody, he’s gonna take the path of least resistance, right? But the path of least resistance isn’t necessarily what’s best for patient #52728 (Pendel). No hard feelings world, but I’m onto you, and I’m not about to start turning my back.

Then I tell him that my little gut spilling is being done on the internet, and his face kinda sags, and he’s like, “What, a BLOG?” And I’m like, sure, that’s what the cool kids call it, I guess, and then he sits way UP in his chair and looks at me VERY seriously and he asks me, “What exactly have you been telling the world, Pendel?” And even before I can say the word “everything” I have that old, familiar sinking feeling. You know the one. It’s the feeling you get after EVERY FUCKING TIME you try to do ANYTHING worth a SQUIRT OF SHIT.

I guess what else is there to say? I’m sure all of you fucking cock sucking sons-of-bitches out there laughing at how I fall on my fucking face every goddamned day of my pitiful useless life knew it all along; laughing at the dumb kid in class with no fucking friends, watching him dig his own grave by moonlight as the hungry wolves sit baying on the next hill, licking their tireless lips, knowing that tonight they will feast on idiot-flesh. To hell with it. Let it happen. Bring all comers. I guess in the back of my mind I MUST have realized that Google applies to me, too. I guess I knew that the cops and Camile and Camile’s two-bit biker parents have all used a freaking search engine. I guess I knew. And I said as much to Doc Douche, I said you know, as stupid as I can be, I think I must have known, and he said, yes of COURSE you did, dumbshit (or maybe he didn’t say dumbshit), and he actually says to me, “I’m happy, really, Pendel, because it keeps me from having to feel torn about keeping a dirty secret about you breaking the law.”

Is this why I like Dr. Douchenheimer? Cause he’s got the balls to NOT treat me with kid gloves? Did I just say I LIKE him? I think I didn’t mean that. I think I mean this is why ACCEPT him in my life. Anyway, he said he can’t fully support OR disapprove of a “web log.” That’s what he calls it. Ha. It wasn’t his intention, but he’s willing to see how it plays out. I said what if it plays out with me rotting away in jail, and he just laughed and said I might be picking up trash on the curb for a summer and working to pay a hefty fine, but not jail.

He thinks golf is a great idea, but of course I didn’t tell him my full plan, and maybe I never will, cause in the end I don’t trust his dumb ass any more than the rest. He also said he thinks I ought to see what Hanson has to say to me on weekends. Fucking Christ, NOOOOOO. I do NOT like Dr. Douchenheimer.

When I got home later, Clare immediately got up and left the room, giving me the smartass little smirk she has been working to perfect over the last year. So this is how it happens, I thought. It felt much like a mob hit. In come my parents from the kitchen. “Sit your butt down, Pendel,” says my dad. I said, okay tough guy, your wish is my command. He glares, but says nothing. My mom actually kicked the leg of the chair I was sitting in, which I will admit, caught me off guard and shut me up for a second. “The goddamn POLICE called again, Pendel.” I had nothing to say. I knew it would happen regardless of what they found, the call from the cops, but my mom NEVER curses, and sure as fucking shit she NEVER BUT NEVER takes the Lord’s Name In Vain, so I know what they’ve got to say, and I know just how red-hot pissed it has made these two pious landlords of mine, and I know that maybe now I should let things play out, let them have their say. And hey, I kinda feel fucking stupid still after my “session” with my “doctor.”

So tomorrow I go in the morning to the station to answer more questions, except this time they suggest I bring both my parents AND A LAWYER. Wow. Who’d a thunk it? Little ole’ ME? With an ATTORNEY? AT LAW?? I guess I really have hit the big time. And can you believe my busy schedule?! Makes a guy feel important to have places to go.

My mom said I’m lucky to have a lawyer for an uncle, otherwise they don’t know how they could ever afford it, and then, besides just EMBARRASSING the family half to death, I would have RUINED them financially as well. I’m not so sure, you know? Seems to me it might be worth the money to not have my mother’s SCUMBAG brother bleat to the rest of the dejected extended family about my every failure. Oh well. I could win the fucking Nobel fucking Peace Prize in Penis Enlargement and they would all still find me as useless as a ragdoll.

BTW, on my way home from the shrink’s, I heard this incessant bell ringing. I looked around to see who the hell was having such a time of it to make that kind of racket, and saw that it was just this old guy riding a bike down the street. He had one of those old-fashioned girly bells on his handlebars, and he just kept flicking away at the fucking thing like it was nothing. I wondered who he was trying to warn out of his way, but there was no one. And then I saw the empty smile on his face, just utterly and completely stress-free, thought-free, memory-free, and I was like, ohhhhhhhhh…he’s a retard. How nice, to think of nothing and love your bell so much.

Pendel’s Crazy Weekend

Something insane happened that pretty much changed my life, for the best, I hope, on Sunday, but more on that in a second.

Camile is way angry at me, and I don’t really care, except that I want another shot at that ass before I’m dead. She comes over on Saturday night, and is outside my window calling to me, and I’m like, come to the door, you idiot. She says something to me like, “I don’t want your whole stupid family hearing about this.” I could give a rat’s ass what my cornhole family hears, but she’s right, they are stupid, so I let her come in through my window. I usually would have been all over her right then, but I was still pretty embarrassed about the other night, so I just sat down and looked at her, and waited for her to start flapping those dumb fish lips. I didn’t have to wait long, but what she told me kind of freaked me out. Well, first, she says that leaving my bike by her driveway was a total boner move (agreed), because when her mom and dad got home late, they thought I was still there, and stormed her room expecting to find us naked, but instead only found her looking at her nipples in the mirror. Ha ha. Then she goes on to say that her folks have called the cops about the smashed windshield thing, and that the police told them that they had received call from a person who lives next to the Do Drop In about a guy with spiky black hair and a denim vest running down the street after the person had heard a big smash come from outside. Fits my description, all right! Camile says she knows it’s me—she remembers I was wearing my rocking MAYHEM vest that night—but I’m denying it all the way. Till death. She says her dad thinks it’s me too, and he said he’s going to tear my head off my shoulders the next time he sees me. I’ve got no doubt he can do it, too. Like I think I’ve said before, the guy works down at the auto yard, and looks like a fucking gorilla. Oh well. I’m not making any friends, but I guess I’m not losing any either. Camile said that if she ever finds out for sure that I did it, she’s never gonna play with my tool again, but that’s bullshit empty threats. She’s hooked on it. Anyway, my household should be getting a call from the cops soon, cause Camile’s ape-like parents told the cops about me. Told them that I’m a “bad seed”, apparently. Piss off, I say. I’m worried as shit, but more than that I fucking hate Camile’s jerk-off old man, and I’ll get even with him one of these days, make book on it. I should have flattened his tires and sugared his tank too, while I was at it. I should have set that piece of shit car on FIRE. More on that as it develops.

Now for the good stuff. So, I guess people have seen this stupid blog, and a couple of real weirdoes have even commented with their lame-ass thoughts about what the hell I should be doing and how I should be treating my dumb-bell mother. Everyone’s a Pendel expert! I hate it. Well, one guy named Craig tells me that I should be doing drugs at the dinner table, this way I can tolerate my parent’s company without getting too angry and depressed, and at the same time they get to think they are spending “quality” time with me, and maybe they’ll climb down off my fucking back some.

Finally some advice I can use.

I have almost no friends, really, because you just can’t trust anyone. But one guy I DO hang with named Sugarbear gave me a hit of acid like 6 months ago, but I never took it because I got enough problems. He said to keep it potent you gotta keep it cold, so I put it in the kitchen freezer, behind the snowball Clare’s been keeping since the winter before last. So when I got this Craig guy’s comment, I thought about it, and then, figuring I was going to need some good vibrations from the parental units when Johnny Law comes calling in the next couple of days, I decided to give it a try. What could it hurt, really? I took the acid about an hour before dinner yesterday, and then went and sat in my room to see what would happen. I got online and was reading up on some black metal until I started feeling it.

I’ve been around Sugarbear when he’s been tripping balls, and he seems to keep it together well enough, so I figured I’d be ok. About a half hour after I dropped, I just start giggling. I’m listening to Darkthrone on their MySpace page—and it fucking rocks. Not like Mayhem, but you gotta mix it up—and the music suddenly just kind of starts coming OUT of the computer, and it seemed for the first time very strange and frightening to me, how hard and mean the music is, but so deep, like a deep river or something, and it was kind of like looking down into a bottomless river, but at the same time it was all so FUNNY. Just ridiculous. Why was I listening to these guys? What were they saying? What the hell are they so MAD about? Ha. It’s very ironic, I know, because I feel so angry all the time, so of course I KNOW why they are pissed, because everything sucks demon dick and nothing in the world works the way it is supposed to, but at the time, I have to admit, it just didn’t seem prudent to waste my energy on feeling that way. So after a minute I get past the guy singing, and I’m just listening to the music, and that’s a different story completely. Now I’m IN the river, and I’m moving with it, and the currents of sound are crazy, and they are flowing all around me, and I’m totally GROOVING on this shit in a way I hadn’t before, because I had been so focused on how pissed-off the singer is. I’m sitting there, and I’m staring at the computer with big ole’ eyes probably, and I’ve got the album up now instead of MySpace, and I’m listening through the media player, and I’m watching those visualization things, you know? With all the shit swirling around and it’s just crazy, like complete eye candy, BRAIN candy, just flowing along in the river beside me, when I feel the shake on my shoulder.

It’s my dad, and he’s like, “Hey, earth to Pendel, you want to eat dinner with us tonight?” And for some reason I am totally torqued by the idea of sitting with these nut jobs. I’m all like yeah! Great! I’ll be right down! The old man looks at me like I just grew a second head, completely not trusting me, but he lets it go. I get up to walk down the stairs and it’s all like wheeeeeee! The hallway is not like the hallway I grew up with at all. It moves and shifts with my steps, trying to throw me off, making sport of me as I try desperately to be normal. I reach out for the wall to steady myself, and the wallpaper feels like the beach. Like, I am telling you, my fingers SINK into the wall. I yank my hand back, not frightened, but surprised, right as Clare is coming out of her room, and she looks at me with a look like complete disapproval, a look she has perfected, which drives me batshit normally, but today it makes me laugh and I blow her a kiss and she just rolls her eyes and calls me a retard and moves on.

I can’t eat most of my food at all. It’s a roast or something, and at the time, the idea of eating MUSCLE just FREAKS MY SHIT so completely. Juices running and all fiberous and brown. Oh my god. No one says much to me about it, they are used to me not eating the food they provide, and I can’t bring myself to say much because I so completely distrust my mouth to even be able to make proper words, but I like PLOW through the strawberry jello like a madman, and everyone has one eye on me but says nothing, and it seems to work, you know? They seem to be genuinely pleased that I am there with a smile on my face, and my mom even says, “It is nice to see you smiling today.” And my dad’s like, “You must have gotten a letter from a new girl.” And that just makes me burst out laughing because it just makes zero sense, you know? What the hell could such a comment mean? A LETTER? What freaking year does he think this is? Well, I laugh, and then THEY all laugh, and I swear to Jesus, their faces ELONGATE when they laugh, just like, they STRETCH! Like rubber! Oh, I am freaked to the limit, and the colors of the table are so vivid, and it’s all just like popping out at me, and the jello is as red as I’ve ever seen red get, and it’s like eating essence of strawberry, the soul of strawberries distilled, and I just can’t get the smile off my face.

It’s pretty uneventful, I’m sure, the rest of my dinner, but it’s a blur to me now. A blur of glinting metal and monotone conversation that is somehow soothing, and Clare’s braces making her talk SOOOO funny. I hadn’t noticed that before, had I? She’s completely dorky looking, Calre, but I bet she ends up pretty. One of the most captivatingly bizarre 45 minutes of my life so far.

I go to my room and spend the rest of my night there. I took the stuff at like 4:30 PM, and at 1 AM I was still feeling pretty elastic. It was crazy fun. I watched my TV, Discovery Channel the whole time, just the nuttiest stuff, you wouldn’t believe it if I told you what is happening in the fucking ocean right now. I had been laboring under the assumption that I lived on earth, but apparently I have been wrong all along. I also dug out my old legos from like 5-10 years ago and blew my mind with them. I never realized how weird all those pieces are. Some are so basic, but others…they have teeth and dimples and pegs. Crazy. I made a hole out of my legos and it completely floored me. Sometime around 10 PM or so I got my iPod and a flashlight and sat in my closet with the door closed for the rest of the night. I found out something about myself in in the dark. Not sure what, but is going to change me just as soon as I work it all out. It is so insane how much you can see when there is nothing to look at. Colors, colors, colors.

I fell asleep in there. I don’t know what time. My mom came in to my room to wake me up in the morning because I was running late for school, ha. She couldn’t find me, but I heard her calling my name. I waited for her to leave, and then crawled out of the closet and walked out to the kitchen, and she was all, “Where the hell were you?” I said the bathroom. She let it go. People tend to let it go with me these days.

I told Sugarbear about my expoits. He got a kick out of it and said we’d have to drop and hang sometime. I must say, I am more than up for it. I think I will stop going to the shrink once a week and do acid instead. If I can keep from getting arrested, that is. I’m back to worrying about when the cops are going to call my house. I am so stupid sometimes that I wonder how I have made it as long as I have without falling into a toilet and drowning.

Be that as it may, something good definitely came out of this weekend. Thank you Craig, where ever you are. You’re a magnificent bastard.