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When did life get so reverse?
Popping out for geera chicken and drinks
with friends is no longer a spontaneous fun
thing but requires cycles of phone calls and
CEO-level strategising because you have to
worry about parking and car thieves and ran-
dom rapists and muggers and roadblocks and
having to get up early the following morning
to beat the traffic to get to work even though
you could do better and more work at home
where it s quiet and the fridge is packed with
lean turkey sandwiches and fresh fruit but
your boss prefers to see your scowl at your
desk even if you do absolutely nothing but
drink coffee and draw caricatures of him or
her all day.
Whatever happened to enjoying one anoth-
er s friendship with no strings attached, giving
free smiles, offering friends and neighbours
bunches of green fig from your backyard---
oh yeah, nobody plants anything any more.
Crude used to refer to oil. Now it is a new,
different currency and talk-show replacement for
cleverness. Whatever happened to just being cool---
it s not complicated and never goes out of style.
Steups. I have lost some good friends lately to
incurable diseases, bad men and bad luck. So maybe
I am brewing grown-up thoughts about the meaning
of life and why bad things happen to good people,
and I am seriously considering giving up my imma-
ture ways. Maybe I am mellowing, although there
is a limit to how much mellowing can go on inside
someone who has been in a crummy mood ever
since they cancelled Oprah.
Don t panic. There is no chance of me turning
into a motivational
speaker or quoting
Deepak Chopra but
I cherish those tran-
quil moments before
sunrise when a crisp
breeze is whistling
through my house,
and I sprawl on my
couch, close my eyes
and relive some sim-
ple, sweet pleasures.
Even a material girl
can find her truer
Here s today s real
reveal of fave, fab
things that glimpse
at the way things
would be if cool
people ran the
1. Dry cleaners
who use sturdy safe-
ty pins to keep clothes straight on hangers instead
of thin, dinky straight pins that get lost and re-
appear in uncomfortable places.
2. Sunflowers. Golden poui in dry season. Ti-
3. Friends who never call or visit but when you
meet, it s like no time has passed at all.
4. A celebratory glass of wine for no particular
reason. Living is enough celebration.
5. When the dentist says: "You have good teeth."
6. Servers who remember that you don t like
onions and are lactose intolerant.
7. Salespeople who remember your dress and
shoe size and lie expertly when they say you look
like an undiscovered model.
8. Avocado slices and Crix.
9. When someone in the line ahead of you or in
the taxi is short of a dollar, and you dip into your
pocket and make the day for this random stranger.
It could be you tomorrow who left your wallet on
the kitchen counter.
10. Everyday kindness.
11. Buying two of a great T-shirt or really com-
fortable pair of shoes because you never know when
you will find such blessings again.
12. Laminating the children s drawings and using
them as table mats. I have never met a parent who
actually has the time for this, but still a cute idea
worth a daydream.
13. Free Spanish classes.
14. Letters and cards written with a fountain
15. The aroma of fresh perked coffee even if you
have given up caffeine.
16. The aroma of home-made coconut oil.
17. West Indian proverbs, like "Fowl who don t
hear shoo, will hear bap!
18. Being an early supporter of an artist who then
19. Vintage handbags, hats and paper dolls.
20. The way babies grasp your forefinger like
tiny Olympic martial arts champions.
Life, less complicated
to enjoying one
with no strings
attached, giving free
neighbours bunches of
green fig from your
anything any more.
Crude used to refer to
oil. Now it is a new,
different currency and
happened to just
being cool---it's not
complicated and never
goes out of style.
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