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31 July 2004 @ 10:47 am
Me, My Newspaper and the Day That Wasn't There  
Saturday morning. Imagine a young woman with long brownish hair and a face that tells she is still a bit drowsy, sitting at the breakfast table, sipping her coffee from a hunge Simpsons mug, smiling at the orange-freckled cocker spaniel resting beside her feet.

The woman's eyes finally turn away from the spaniel. Through the green mass of branches and leaves growing in front of her kitchen window, she can see the shadow of the aproaching newspaper boy. There's a short metallic noice, followed by the rustling sound of the Rheinische Post 's voluminous weekend edition being stuffed into a tube-shaped mailbox. So the woman gets up from her chair, slouches towards the door and takes in the one thing she has already been waiting for: her friendly neighbourhood conservative newspaper.

Her long-running love-hate relationship with the RP is a complex one. In her part of the world, it's the only regional newspaper with a sufficient coverage of local and cultural events, so she's willing to ignore the strong right-wing undercurrent running smoothly below the well-prased, well-to-do surface of fake objectivity.

Today's frontpage sports the most unfavourable picture of John Kerry the editors could possibly have come up with (Kerry's left eye is oddly squinting, almost as if he was experiencing a seizure). "Thank you very much, guys", the woman with the long brown hair and the Simpsons mug sighs annoyed. Then she starts browsing the headlines.

Turning to page 2, she notices the date printed on the newspaper's upper left corner. The 31st of July. For about 20 seconds she stares at the date in utter disbelief. Somehow she had been perfectly convinced that July was one of the year's shorter months with only 30 days instead of 31.

So, in a certain sense, she is now in possession of a whole new additional day she had not expected, sunny and cheerful, lying in front of her, waiting to be filled with various kinds of chores and activities. An amazing chance to finally catch up to with the rest of the 'verse and to finish all the stuff she had originally planned to have finished by yesterday.

She smiles and just for the fun of it she grants herself the luxury of typing a completely senseless entry for her LJ *g*
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: The Housemartins, Caravan of Love
Cavendishcavendish on July 31st, 2004 11:20 am (UTC)
Who's that girl?
Hi there!

I've just finished reading your latest lifejournal entry, and although I very much enjoyed it, I wonder: who might the woman that you describe be?

It is not merely simple curiosity that makes me ask, but the way you describe her, she sounds really likable.

Ok, granted, as you say, she reads the wrong newspaper --- but at least she does so for expectable reasons. Furthermore, she favours John Kerry in contrast to the president we do not name, and she has a strong interest in culture, and, frankly speaking, so do I.

On the other hand, she seems to like the "Simpsons", which implies that she is not only into culture and politics, but has at least something of a fan girl in her, so she might understand my particular passion for old SF shows and even older movies. Even more so, liking the Simpsons implies that she has a great sense of humour, which makes her even more likable.

Then she owns a Cocker spaniel, which shows that she must be a person with a lot of patience, but also a woman with a sensed for tenderness, which is good.

And what I found nice (although other people might count this as a disadvantage) is, that she seems a little bit disorganised. Did she really not know that July and August are the two moth is a year which have both 31 days? Well, honestly speaking, things like that happen to me all the time, so it made me smile, really :-)

Oh, and lest I forget to mention, brown hair: How I love this. IS it clipped short or long? I kind of like both, so this is mere curiosity ...

So I really like to meet that girl in person (having, as you might know, only a non-relationship at the moment). Some things I so worry about though:

First, is she really single? OK, that she smiles at her Spaniel at breakfast, not her loving and caring husband, implies as much, but one never knows.
Then, how young is she? You see, I am well beyond thirty, and if she is too young ...

Even worse, she seems to be a very hard working girl (all those chores she has to do!) Will she have time for me at all? And is she very sportive? The hint at her varies “activities” sounds as if she were, and I am, well, rather not the sportive type ...)

And finally (oh, how big my bad luck could turn out to be) where does she live? OK, I should not worry so much, but you say she has a mail box which is tube shaped. That sounds very American to me? Hope, she does not live too far away ... Not that I dislike America or anything, but It would be nice if she lived somewhere near me

But I must really keep my mind from wandering along these lines: The world is not a movie where a man can fall in love with a girl he has not even seen, and they will be together about 45 minutes later … No, I don't even know her, nor do I know, if she could like me at all (me, being, as you know, not the easiest of persons.)

But nonetheless I really would like to get to know her. It sounds, at least, as if we could be friends. Do you have her e-mail? (You seem to know her quite well). Or even better, does she own a lj herself? This might be a good way to get into contact with her.

Or, if I may be this daring, do you happen to have her phone number? Then please, please, send it to me, I'll give her a ring first thing tomorrow. (I will not get any sleep this night, trying to imagine what I will say to her. (Should I make a list of things to say? I am so exited, thinking about it ...)

But no, it reads as if we would have a lot to talk about :-)

Thanks for your help :-)

Karenquiller77 on August 1st, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC)
Not completely senseless at all, but vastly amusing. I hope you enjoyed your extra day. *g*
Bimobimo on August 3rd, 2004 01:03 am (UTC)
Not completely senseless at all, but vastly amusing.

Glad you enjoyed it :-)

I hope you enjoyed your extra day. *g*

Believe me, I did *g*

Granting myself a short break from academia to catch up with the real world felt incredibly good.

sissi_blucassissi_blucas on August 20th, 2004 08:45 pm (UTC)
I loved this entry! really really did....
and.. what did you do with your entire "new" day?
Bimobimo on August 21st, 2004 01:47 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed the entry :-)

what did you do with your entire "new" day?

well, mostly taking a much needed break from studying for an important university exam ;-)