Why I’m Currently Not Speaking to Rafael.

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RAFAEL
So, I meant to tell you. I was walking home the other day, and I saw this really beautiful person that looked like you.

PAMIE
Oh. Oh, well, that’s nice.

RAFAEL
Yeah, I think I was texting or something, so I didn’t notice until I was like, six inches away, and that’s what I saw. The eyes. The eyes were just like yours, and I thought of you. Beautiful eyes.

PAMIE
Thanks.

RAFAEL
But it was a dude.

PAMIE
…thanks.

RAFAEL
And he had bigger lips than you. And more hair.

PAMIE
Wow.

RAFAEL
What? He was stunning. But, you know, stunning as a dude. So maybe you should think about it.

PAMIE
Yeah.

RAFAEL
Is this not a compliment, in any way?

PAMIE
No.

RAFAEL
Why not? He was beautiful. And he had your complexion. And your eyes. That’s what made me think of you. He had your eyes. But his hair was puffier.

PAMIE
Okay.

RAFAEL
And blonder. He looked more innocent than you do, but that’s probably just because he was way younger.

PAMIE
And we’re done here.

RAFAEL
Where are you going?

PAMIE
To go find the male version of you.
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get out the pencils, put away the thread

I’ve completely forgotten how to write and I don’t have any ideas about anything.

I do, however, have a collection of crafts and a pile of new gadgets. I got teased by most of my friends, but I couldn’t help it. Pencils down, hobbies up.

During the strike, I was often reminded of an Onion piece that came out after 9/11: “Not Knowing What Else To Do, Woman Bakes American Flag Cake.”

I knitted scarves. I sewed dresses, shirts, blouses, and fabric scarves (named “Scarfish,” and also declared both “uncomfy” and “weird.” But the first one I made, for Anna Beth, was a huge success, because it got the AB Chao stamp of approval).

I made little fabric dolls for a friend’s 35th birthday, catnip-filled toys, hand-embroidered bags (one was my strike bag — small enough to wear every day while picketing), skirts, and passport covers. Yes, passport covers. Also, I learned that ripped t-shirts don’t make very good fabric for knitting, unless you are making some kind of floor rug.

I made a book sculpture, a jar full of japanese paper stars, and on one particularly low day I attempted origami swans. Continue reading