5.30.2004

i was at the bead store on valencia, between 21st and 22nd, frantically trying to finish a pair of earrings i had started, like world peace depended on it, when farsak finally arrived... following him into the store this girl in all black, with short finger nails painted in matte gray and the coolest beads in the world... she had white in her long straight black hair like she didn't care and she handled her candy-colored beads delicately as if to not wanting to leave fingerprints behind... she had very short answers to every question she was asked, completely occupied with auditioning her beads to see what goes with what for her next necklace...

so back on valencia walking towards 16th i tell farsak: i love this neighborhood, i wanna live here, such odd characters here, everyone's so cool, did u see that girl back at the bead store? she was so cool... why can't i be that cool?

farsak: are u kidding? it's all on the outside, she wasn't that cool, it was a facade...

me: but even her beads were cool

farsak: ...

so later at an eclectic store around valencia and 17th i say: this store is so cool, u think if we owned everything in this store we would be cool too?

farsak: yes

me: yes

farsak: what if they took everything away though? would we still be cool? we wouldn't be anymore...

me: no

farsak: ...

me: let's go have chimay at that tapas bar we just passed by and get drunk

farsak: ok

so after a few $7 delicious belgian beers and roasted pork loin skewers with figs and port reduction i say: i don't know what else i want, i'm perfectly happy right now, on top of the world, what else would i want? everything's dandy...

farsak: ...

so later k1 arrives and i say: have some $7 beers with us...

k1: $7?!

so we contemplate and muse over why one should have $7 beers, ripping the concept into pieces and putting it back together over and over again...

k1: well, the thing is tomorrow at work if the subject comes up i can say that i've had this beer and it was $7

farsak: and the subject always comes up, like the guy that always talks about his porsche...

me: and u know how cool u would be if u say that u actually had this beer when the subject comes up? it's all about what u have experienced, people are so impressed by the things people have done even if it's having had an oddly named beer in a tapas bar in san francisco, some people never even leave their neighborhood, and that's what makes u cool, having had the beer that someone mentions, that's what makes u cool...

k1: no it's not

me: yes it is

farsak: ...

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gnaz, missed ur participation in our intellectual conversations as usual :-)

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