[lit-ideas] Re: And why were MO voters a tad confused today??

  • From: "Steve Chilson" <stevechilson@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 07:05:15 +0000

There will be no cage over the Thames, as it turns out.
This is the last of my series this evening, the emptying of the bottles
into the gullet ritual.
I will tell you one thing I've been keeping secret to myself now that
I've run out of tricks.
I suppose some of you might remember my recounting of a girl and my
being in love with her and her being selfish enough to fall off a
balcony and dying.  Frankly, even to this day, it's the source of all my
cynical life but practically it's no excuse and I recognise that. 
In any event, two weeks ago, I dreamt about her for the first time in
ten years maybe.  I dreamt about her so deeply that when I woke up she
was there.  Not there nor here of course, but in my fucking head, the
same one I'd emptied specifically not to have such dreams or thoughts
So on a whim, I thought I'd google her.  They didn't even have such a
verb when she died.
Her name is not a common name.  Why I googled her name anyway, knowing
she is dead I dunno.  The fucking dream was in my head and frankly, it's
one of those repressed things that if one little bit comes out, the lid
blows off.  So I googled her name. 
And I found a match.
Now I'm a rational man.  I believe someone is dead, someone is dead and
that's it, you can't even really google them back into existence.
But I did find a match and it was in the appropriate country and it is
an uncommon name.
So what the FUCK do I think?
I know it's not possible.  I know it of course, like any rational
Maybe it's that belief, the Stanley Jenkins belief (a man I respect but
don't understand properly)
So google search finds the name which can't be and naturally what I have
to do is find a number to connect it to.  (Believe me, I tried the
simple way, find an email, didn't exist, how easy to ask such question
via email but no, there was none and so I searched) 
I found a telephone number.
And imagine me, I'm a pretty stoic muthafuckah, really.  Not much breaks
my walls but man, when I saw there was a telephone number of this person
with a name that isn't usual, all sorts of crazy shit I imagined.  And
that crazy shit was hope beyond reason, belief with no reason. 
I really WANTED to believe.
And man, on the tail of that dream I'd had, I thought fuck anything's
possible, isn't it?  Dead people being alive, why not.  It isn't the
most incredible story I've ever read.
And so I rang the number the first night and got ringing and nothing
more.  Feckin ell, imagine the impatience!
Following night I rang again.
An auld woman answered and I knew it wasn't her but I thought maybe it
was her mother and so I asked, ridiculously, is _____ there?
I am her, she said.
And she was.  Another human with the same name in the same country.
And I was fucking gutted.  Fucking gutted.
(and here is where I imagine myself almost being human in that I didn't
just hang up, I carried on)
I talked to her, about her life.  She's a neurological doctore, helpijng
children with neurological handicaps.  She was married, husband dead,
three grandchildren, one daughter.  Every word bled me.  Reality, not
reality.  I told her about the person I'd been seeking, she made
appropriate sympathies and I hung up after we'd had our spontaneous and
unexpected chat, this woman with the same name of the woman I once loved
who died. 
And when I put down the phone, that was it.  My last chance.  I'd had
one more thought of hope and it was beautifully beaten down but it was
my last chance and there are no more after this not even if I dream of
her again I won't be fooled. 
But I was magically fooled by that need to believe just that once.
And I wish I could say I'm unshackled by it in a way I thought I was
unshackled by it when she first died but I'm not.  It will continue to
haunt me over and over and I will have to recognise that for all my
alleged intelligence, she will never live again, I will be happy in
small moments and walk mostly in valleys and that will be the underlying
current of my existence

On Tue, 07 Nov 2006 23:01:34 -0800, "Robert Paul" <rpaul@xxxxxxxx> said:
> Apparently you have elected Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, to the US
> Senate. (At least she's accepted.)
> Robert Paul
> Trusting in Geary
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