journal scribbles, circa 2007
Last night I decided to read my old journal entries for the month of July. I only made it through 3 of them as I got distracted and started reading other entries and poems that I stashed away inside the pockets of my Moleskine notebooks. I found this, written exactly 4 years ago today and I thought I'd share it here. Apparently I was taking more bus rides and reading the novel Atonement then.
Another bus ride through Chinatown.
Sign says "kneeling bus, zero emissions vehicle" -- what does that mean?
Bus driver says he'll work for 20 more years, he's already 42 now, so he'll be 62 then.
Says he'll buy a boat and spend the rest of his life in the ocean.
We pass by a car about to be towed on Stockton Street.
Bus driver points to the towing truck and says "that's where all the money goes.
More of that and you'll be like me, fat and broke."
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Cafe in North Beach, underlined these lines from Atonement (p.7):
"...a moonlight dash through sleepy villages was one rhythmically emphatic sentence,
falling in love could be achieved in a single word - a glance."