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Shit.

So, I just spent five minutes, and then upon my return, ten minutes, at a busy intersection covered in manure. It's a nasty, unpleasant day and there is shit all over the fucking road, and I was stopped twice in it. The first time was enough for the smell to get everywhere. The second time it just became a sexual fetish on my car. Next to me the bus driver had a handkerchief over his nose and peered angrily at the lights and traffic. Across the road, a woman had her shirt pulled over her nose and was slouched down in her seat, as if it'd make a difference. Winding up or down the windows were all bad choices. The air con was on before I drove into it and, as I said, it's all through the car. And when I say the car, I mean my car. It's all through my car. Turning the air off just makes it worse, cause it sits there, stagnant and nasty in the muggy heat. This just ain't fucking right. But it's worse: an hour before, I removed a virus from my computer. Where the fuck that come from? Didn't do any damage, but the karma of the world is building, since, a couple of hours before that, the Tax Department decided that it would play First World Country and I would play Third World Country with Crippling Debt and Inability to Earn Millions of Dollars and told me that I owed it money.

Take a guess what kind of day today is.

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 10th, 2005 07:42 am (UTC)
i avoided a tax debt this year because i claimed a lot of time spent at home doing "work-related research" i.e: reading your blog. thank you ben!

anyway, a beer for your shitty day. it's somewhere. can't remember where i put it. ah that's it, behind the refridgerator next to that 6 foot long sandwich...

john
benpeek
Nov. 10th, 2005 09:58 am (UTC)
i avoided a tax debt this year because i claimed a lot of time spent at home doing "work-related research" i.e: reading your blog. thank you ben!

the price for reading this blog suddenly jumped to a hundred and fifteen bucks, john.

i'll have the beer and the sandwich, too.

;)
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benpeek
Nov. 10th, 2005 10:48 am (UTC)
yeah, this is pretty much what i thought. poor me. won't no one save me? won't no one?

well, perhaps that's excessive.
future_conduit
Nov. 10th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
shit indeed.

i contracted a virus recently too. a fricken trojan. 3 ad-busters and 2 virus scanners wouldn't get rid of the bastard. for no good reason firefox would automatically log on to a website advertising on-line casinos or, ironicaly, virus scanners. so i spent the last 3 days re-installing all the programs on my system. it just shits me. (thankfully i had the foresite to store all the important stuff onto several seperate partitions.)

where did all the shit come from by the way (no need to get too biological, please).

benpeek
Nov. 10th, 2005 12:47 pm (UTC)
yeah, my virus was a trojan too. it was pretty easy to get rid of, however.

the shit,it appears, had fallen off the back of a truck. maybe there'd even been a car accident. it was strewn over four lanes of traffic.
sonanova
Nov. 16th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
A seventh grade teacher once told me I could "never be a writer" because I couldn't punctuate properly. She declared she knew this because she herself was a writer. Her claim to fame: writing the backs of Tylenol bottles. You know, because everyone reads those!

Grade school challenges aside, I found your journal from an odd angle: aside from writing, I am an anthropology grad student, with a particular interest in Australia. You've spurred me to take a break and read fiction again. Though I thank you for the introduction to your work, I wonder if my work will thank you:)

~Ridgely
benpeek
Nov. 17th, 2005 03:07 am (UTC)

'hi, i'm a tylenol writer.'

how could you ignore her?

;)

You've spurred me to take a break and read fiction again.

that's cool.

Though I thank you for the introduction to your work, I wonder if my work will thank you:)

i still say it's cool.
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