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Four observations on a Thursday morning. [20070621|10:56]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Not what you were expecting, darling?

On my walk to work, I take a series of back streets through some very posh bits of Knightsbridge. As I passed by this one big expensive flat on the corner, I noticed a black cab sitting in front of it. The driver had his door open and was reading a newspaper. Suddenly, the heavy studded front door of the flat opened. A podgy man in his fifties wearing a dreadful pale blue dressing gown and slippers appeared on the stoop. As he gestured towards the cab, a sour-faced Asian girl in her twenties, wearing what was obviously last night's dress, brushed abruptly past him and practically ran for it.

Whatever you say, madam

While strolling through the park with my headphones on, I noticed that a small, serious-faced girl clutching a large stuffed mouse to her chest was watching me. She was using one of her little paws to twitch the mouse's tail, conducting an invisible orchestra. Just as we came abreast, she pointed the tail tip at me and I executed a quick couple of dance steps. She smiled. No one else noticed a thing.

One potato, two potato

There's a lime on top of one of the bus shelters on the route I take to work. One side is painted metallic green, the other black, and it's stuck full of matches. It's been there since I started taking the bus last November. It can only be seen from the top level of a double-decker.

A few weeks ago, someone decided to take things a step further. Every bus shelter from Holborn to Green Park now sports a metallic gold potato with fluorescent orange spots, stuck full of nails and what look like tiny plastic dessert spoons. I love them. I want them to be there forever.

You spin me right round baby

Lately I've been noticing the beauty of younger women. I've always loved looking at pretty ladies, but since I've turned thirty it seems like they've become even more breathtaking. It's not that I envy them or want to change places with them, since being me has become quite a satisfying endeavor, particularly during this past year. It's more that I'm fairly sure most of them don't know just how gorgeous they are. I want to tell them. I want them not to worry about that mole on their shoulder, or the scar on their eyebrow, or the bit of fat on their thighs that will never go away. In fact, it's the combination of their glowing skin and the laughter in their eyes with those flaws that make them so beautiful. Even though I think I believed that on an intellectual level five or ten years ago, I don't think I ever felt it as viscerally as I do now.

I know it won't make any difference - the litany of I'm-not-pretty-enough will continue - but I want to tell them anyway.

[User Picture]From: gourou
2007-06-21 10:54 (UTC)
This is way better than watching a plastic bag dance about.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2007-06-21 11:07 (UTC)
no coconut for the lime....for to put in...?

drink it all up?

potatoes are good. In fact great. If the vantage point was specifically chosen like that, I'm all for it...
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From: ripperlyn
2007-06-21 11:08 (UTC)
This is my favorite post this month, of all the posts. ::hugs::
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2007-06-21 11:32 (UTC)
Love it.
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2007-06-21 12:17 (UTC)
You are lovely.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2007-06-21 13:53 (UTC)
I love these little moments. Thank you for sharing them. They made me smile this morning, especially the little girl with the mouse.

May I post this to readers_list? The entries there are posted with a link to the original entry and comments are disabled.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-06-22 09:58 (UTC)
I'm flattered, and sure, go ahead. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2007-06-24 04:49 (UTC)
Thanks! Done!
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[User Picture]From: foreverdirt
2007-06-21 13:56 (UTC)
I like the world through your eyes.
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2007-06-21 16:29 (UTC)
Very nice. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2007-06-21 17:24 (UTC)
Life is an interesting experience. Long may it be so!
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2007-06-21 20:47 (UTC)
i love unexpected art. can you get a potato photo?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-06-22 10:00 (UTC)
It would be difficult. I could bring my dslr on my ride to work but there are two problems with getting a decent shot. First, I never can tell how long the bus is going to stop and second, I'd be shooting through the bus windows, which are typically scratched and/or dirty. I'll give it a try next week anyway but not promising anything.
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[User Picture]From: thefounder
2007-06-21 22:13 (UTC)
thank you for sharing this. initially it made me think i never see such interesting or noteworthy things in my daily life, but i have realised of course that i just don't take enough notice. sometimes i see things or [more usually] people and poetry is sparked, but that doesn't happen very often these days.

i know what you mean about seeing beauty in people and wanting to tell them about it. out of interest, why do you not tell them? i don't tell them because i'm a man and men can't say things like that without ulterior motives, obviously. at least, that's what i fear they will think, and i hate scaring people or making them feel uncomfortable, so. i look away.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-06-22 10:04 (UTC)
I don't tell them because like you, I don't want to make them feel intruded upon. And Londoners, in my opinion, tend to be particularly avoidant of initiating or acknowledging any sort of contact.

Of course, saying that, two different men stopped in the street yesterday to tell me how much they liked my dress, and they were not being sleazy, just paying a compliment. It was quite nice, actually. So maybe I shouldn't be so worried about approaching someone one of these days.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2007-06-21 23:33 (UTC)
Thank you. *saving*
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[User Picture]From: double_duchess
2007-06-24 10:06 (UTC)
Your writing is lovely and lyrical. I'm thrilled I happened upon it in readers_list. Thank you for sharing it.
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