by Dan
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Thee Oh Sees - "Contraption/Soul Desert"

On the way to the clean-up meet-up, every Nov 1st for the past three years. It's usually the last day to bike, hard to squeeze the brakes with mitts on. There's a garden glove on the McKenzie's fencepost, a white picket wave, like it's a signal for something, TURN BACK I think. The air is cold and full of sparks. My phone buzzes unknown caller in my pocket, next to extra candies. At the entrance to Bern Park there's cookies on the bike path, none are crumbled, three face up. Past the basketball courts a white cargo van has its back doors open like wings. Looks like a robbery, or just someone moving. At the entrance to the school, at the back after-hours door near the gym there's a buzzer-inner. I put my eye right up to the camera and my mouth right up to the mic. "EVIL EYE!" I say with a demon voice and they buzz me in without a laugh. I imagine soldiers, marines, SEALs, running through these halls, one stops to butt a locker with his gun. I stop and look at the honour roll. Jennifer Rald, where are you now? [Pre-order Carrion Crawler / The Dream]

Each Other - "Freak Heat"

Cleaning up after Hallowe'en jerks is not a chore, if you're with people and you can laugh. There's a tp'd tree on Everly Lane, that takes a ladder. There's a firework'd beach by the Duck Pond, that takes a rake and a bag. There's burned-out dumpsters behind the cinema, I'm there with Peter and Tall Kevin. There's a horse corpse on the golf course, and that needs a fork lift I think. In the cold and setting fall, the damage is expansive and harsh. Moreso than any year I've seen before. Two of the high-rise apartment buildings are still evacuated, the dump was set loose and spillage ran into the viaduct, there's e coli in the water. The Chapters got shook out like a loose pocket, and all the stores in the Valley Mews are afraid to even set foot inside, what for the smell. But we'll keep at it, on our honour, and we'll turn this place around. Have it all ready for in time for Christmas. The Holidays, I mean. [PWYC for Taking Trips]

Posted by Dan at November 1, 2011 5:05 PM
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