Monday, May 31, 2004
Along the beach's bike path, the roller blading dad raced along, holding on to his son's wheelchair. The son looked up at his dad and laughed with unbridled joy.
They shared the freedom that wheels can bring.
Sunday, May 30, 2004
She walks slowly up and down the lane of the swimming pool. She carries with her two life supports. The first is a bright blue foam board, The second, her cell phone.
Saturday, May 29, 2004
She stands alone on the balcony, puffing reflectively on her cigarette.
I guess even her own home has a 'no smoking' policy.
Friday, May 28, 2004
She sat demurely at the restaurant. looking vaguely aristocratic. She greeted him with open arms and broad smile, this hardened biker with long hair and bushy eyebrows.
Did a long history make up for their differences?
Thursday, May 27, 2004
Across from the expensive gym, she jogs… among the grass and the sun and the wind.
She knows the meaning of 'free' on so many levels.
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Walking through the front doors of Walmart, rows of impulse items welcome me along with the elderly greeter. The SlimFast bars are next to the Twinkees.
How cruel is that?
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
The big guy comes out of the gym talking to the little guy. They chat as they head towards their cars on the other side of the lot. You'd think his car is the big truck and the little guy has the small compact.
Monday, May 24, 2004
Usually they wait for the boss to leave before they sneak out. Now she just needs to close her door before they start their stampede.
Guess they all stopped caring.
Sunday, May 23, 2004
Next to the car is an empty can of SlimFast and an empty bullet casing.
Be on the lookout for someone who is armed and may be on a diet.
Saturday, May 22, 2004
He passed wearing the same orange shirt that I had on. Then he passed someone else with the same orange shirt.
Note to self: Don't be a slave to fashion.
Friday, May 21, 2004
The group of clapping waiters head towards her. She winces and buries her head in her food. They start their off key rendition of 'Happy Happy Birthday' as they walk right past her.
She comes up for air and a sigh.
Thursday, May 20, 2004
He waited patiently for his turn at the weight machine. Billy Idol's 'Dancing with myself' played over the speaker... 'Dancin' with my se-elf. Oh oh. Dancin' with my se-elf.' He danced with himse-elf for a little moment.
Then looked around shyly to see if anyone noticed.
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Driving around with an outdated Star Map, taking pictures of high wall and closed gates.
She gets a picture of Madonna's neighbor's gardener.
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
She nibbles slowly on a lone french fry. He gobbles up handfuls at a time.
Who has the control here?
Monday, May 17, 2004
Her bright red hair could be seen from down the street.
As her twin sister appeared from behind the pole, I could see that they had a two-for-one special on red dye.
Sunday, May 16, 2004
She ran barefoot across a three foot strip of grass. Again and again.
The extent some people will go to in order to connect to nature in a big city.
Saturday, May 15, 2004
'I'm only going to say this once - get down... Jason, get down from there... GET... DOWN... What did I just say?'
You said you were only going to say it once.
Friday, May 14, 2004
She handed a stack of pictures to her friend. 'Who's he?' asked the friend, 'he looks like somebody.' She leaned over to look. 'Oh. he's nobody.'
He is 'somebody'... just to somebody else.
Thursday, May 13, 2004
Laughter exploded from behind the conference room door. She got up and walked past all the workers with their heads up like prairie dogs.
'Could you please stop having fun in there? We're trying to work.'
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
His eyes anxiously darted between his rear view mirror and over his shoulder. He was searching for an escape around me. He zoomed past, with a face of annoyance and relief. Breaking hard, he realized that I wasn't the only one causing traffic.
I smiled as I drove past.
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
She stood there holding an empty mug, staring endlessly at the unfinished coffeemaker. Drip. Drip. Drip.
Did she not have enough work to go back to? Or was she just too tired to move?
Monday, May 10, 2004
The little red car pulled up along side and stopped. The force caused the naked Ken doll to swing violently on the noose around the rear view mirror.
I'm sure she had a long story that went with that.
Sunday, May 09, 2004
She leaned towards her friend, 'He's so cute.' 'Totally,' replied the friend. I smiled back at them.
Then I saw the puppy.
Saturday, May 08, 2004
The cell phone rang out a new tune, catching the lovebird by surprise. Hopping closer, he started to talk back to the phone.
Was he cursing the cage? The wings for not being able to reach? Or was the phone talking in bird?
Friday, May 07, 2004
Ribbons and packages were strewn across every table. The women gathered, well versed in the ritual of 'Baby Shower.' The men, completely foreign to this, formed a protective arch on the side.
To be close to the food, or the door, I wonder?
Thursday, May 06, 2004
His white tee shirt was stretched to its limit over an enormous belly. A very lumpy belly... with legs.
His little daughter emerged from underneath.
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
She stands on the train platform, with her deep brown eyes and beautiful skin. She thinks she spots him, with his deep brown eyes and beautiful skin. She sneaks behind him and dials her phone. His phone sings out as he picks up. She screams, 'Hello!!'
He just screams.
In the painting an elderly black couple sit at their kitchen table. Money pulled from an old sock lay before them as he counts all the things they have to pay.
A LifeWatch being watched.
Tuesday, May 04, 2004
A spot of gold and black caught the light against the bright red
truck. As I got closer I saw that this was not life I was watching, but death... A butterfly who did not cross the road.
Monday, May 03, 2004
Summer has come early. People flock to the outdoor food court like ducks. A little straggler stands staring at everything and anything. A big hand swoops down to bring them away as they smile.
Then the next flock arrives, repeating the process.
Sunday, May 02, 2004
A green balloon flies alone across the bright blue sky.
I wonder if it had another party to go to.
Saturday, May 01, 2004
The view from their backyard is spectacular. The city lights stretch out across the entire view below. Above, the stars shine so bright!
No... wait... they're moving. They live too close to the airport.
WANT A BETTER LIFE?