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347. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Monday, August 13th, 5:00pm
Gordon (and Rachael)


Gordon, dressed in a suit and tie, sits at the window. Rachael takes the seat beside him.

Gordon: (takes a small mirror from his briefcase and looks at his face) Hmph.

Rachael glances at him.

Gordon takes a compact out of the pocket of his jacket and begins to apply eye shadow.

Rachael: Oh my God!

Gordon regards her.

Rachael: I love that colour! What’s it called?

Gordon: Cerulean Summer. I got it in the drug store at the mall.

Rachael: I gotta write that down. I’ve been looking for a colour like that forever. Thank you.

Gordon: My pleasure. (goes back to fixing his eyes)


Next stop: Tuesday, August 14th, 6:00pm

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Everybody’s Different

Diversity is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? Well, not always.

If you’re at all sociable: whether you go out of the house, or stay in and spend your days on the internet, you’re bound to meet someone who gets on your nerves. I remember when my ex and I started dating. Everything was flowers and wine and laughter… and then I found out he was a morning person. I, on the other hand, am not one for more than a grunt if you’re lucky before my first coffee, so the singing coming from the direction of the shower was enough to set my teeth on edge.

While that wasn’t actually painful, I do now at times feel physical discomfort when I come across someone whose nature is completely different to mine. Take, for instance, people who live in a constant state of drama. I have enough real life problems to even consider worrying about who has pissed off whom and how they’re going to badmouth them until everyone else hates them. And it happens everywhere! Social media, high schools, offices and even old-age homes.

What I don’t understand is, why do people do this to themselves? Why can’t people just live and let live? So what if so-and-so is pissing you off? Ignore them. Don’t let them pull you into their world of misery. I certainly didn’t let my ex get the best of me with his early morning glee, and since he was still serenading the shower head when we broke up, I sure didn’t do anything to stifle him. Then again, maybe by that time he was doing it just to get on my nerves.

I know I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again: life is too short. I think if we can all accept that not everyone is the same as us, that we all have our quirks, our opinions, and our preferences in life, we could all be so much happier.

Stop trying to change people. Embrace their differences. Just not necessarily in the shower.