Monday, September 24, 2012


Seen on the Purple Line to Linden at about 8:50 a.m.

Dolores flips through each page of the catalog, and with clumsy fingers she slowly types the numbers of each item she wants into a list on her phone. This is her basic shopping procedure. It’s the end of September, which means Christmas is right around the corner. Gifts must be purchased; she has so many people to buy for!

This set of Poirot DVDs would work nicely for her mother, who lives in Dolores’ basement and does nothing but watch TV all day. Vivian at the office would really like this cute avocado scoop—it looks like an avocado and everything! Her neighbor Jim would adore this stone garden gnome. It matches the walls of his house perfectly. And here’s a nice fountain pen for Larry the mailman. He’s always so courteous when he drops off her mail—mostly catalogs. Sometimes bills, obviously.

Dolores might try a different catalog for her doctor and her dentist. Then she just has to cover her dogs and she’ll be all set.

If I could use one word to describe my weekend, it would probably be "whiskey." Unless we're talking about last night, in which case it would be "copasetic." 

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