paraphrasing the inevitable bill

We sat side by side on the bus and he told me a story, playing with my words. His eyes glowed as he spun this yarn, this skein of words and flow. I interjected, adding details, but mostly let it drift over me. There’s a room at the end of an alleyway, he said, an alley which grows more narrow as you reach a little door. It’s rough planking, tied together with twine, small enough to duck through, like it was made for a dwarf. Inside is a small room, filled with wires, with a small space in the center, just large enough to stand in without touching anything. It could be a hide-out for a child if it weren’t in such a bad part of town. There are shelves lining all the walls and sculptures made from twisted coat hangers cover every surface. They’re hung from the ceiling like model airplanes and tacked to the wall with little pieces of chewing gum. The floor is rough cement, though clean, but for a small drop of what might be blood, right in the middle, but it’s not noticeable in the visual jumble. The coat hangers are everywhere, twisted into incomprehensible shapes.

A person enters this door, unhooks the latch of grubby string and steps inside. He tells me this with his peculiar grin, which says there’s a joke coming. They avoid the coat hanger sculptures until they have space all around them, until they’ve found the middle. They look around and realize if they shift just right, it becomes a story, one giant picture. All the wire meshing into a grand diorama and then they look up. It’s more than genius. The coat hangers have become a sweep of birds, seagulls looking grander than the flying rats they are. Their head turns to follow the flow and one deadly piece of wire, sticking out from all the others, catches them in the eye and kills them, leaving on perfect drop of blood on the floor to match the other as they crumple and fall.

Maybe later somebody drags the body away.

I remember kissing him as I write this. A drunken evening that bled into a morning where he promised he would share and my hands smoothing his gold hair behind his ear. He doesn’t taste of storm static, but something infinitely different. There’s another layer of history patina which could be partially because he’s one of the first people I ever kissed. In the Top Ten, High Fidelity style. In spite of a unique feeling left on my tongue, it makes me think that he tastes like remembering things. A pale weight which dissolves into smoke, like the memory of a voiced idea with undertones of something untouchable, like I’m not tall enough to reach it yet.

when you’re tumbling with nothing to do

He plays D&D and listens to George Rafferty.. Am I sick?

Jenn has canceled on me, so instead Andrew, Alli and I are going to wander downtown like youngster miscreants.

I think in my lack of sleep is wreaking destruction on my time distances. I may have double booked my Wednesday evening because I thought it was Monday today. I’ve planned dinner for seven:thirty, but I put my word in for a concert at the Cottage Bistro for eight:thirty. The musician who was kind enough to ask me said, “People dress up for it. Evening gowns and suits.” Then he looked me over, “We welcome cross dressing too.”

Now, rather than be insulted by his automatic assumption that I play drag king occasionally, I was incredibly curious as to how he knew. I’m standing in high heels and a fluffy girl rockstar coat, what sort of impression do I unconciously convey? If this were the first time, I might pass it off as an odd fluke, but this is the latest in a long chain. The places I might have been noticed are extremely few and far between. I don’t spend much time at Lick and the Drag Kings of Vancouver dissolved. They don’t put events up anymore, so this is just getting eerie. I want to know why I come across as a boy.