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A change of state...

Hey! Notice anything different? Sure you do. I mean, the time I posted, for one thing. It's about as different to the usual time of my posts as it's possible to get. But that's not all. The screen, you will notice, is not cluttered with the previously customary mélange of music software, browser windows, emails and boring-looking documents, each occupying a fraction of the screen, listlessly clicked between to give the illusion of progress. Instead, LiveJournal sits in glorious, maximised isolation. And those putty-grey boxes on wood-effect desks have given way to a shiny new laptop sinking into a sagging mattress.

And that's just the start. Look around. Do you see the usual lolling drones, each engaged in their own personal battle to keep from screaming in boredom or frustration, desperately sawing time into chunks that can be choked down? No! You see mess, glorious or hideous: piles of books and CDs, t-shirts bearing obscurely cool or cooly obscure slogans, battered coats, frayed Levis, hanging socks that dried a week ago, toys, fairy wings, board games, card games, computer games, comics (some shamefully unread), copies of New Scientist and Private Eye, last month's Saturday Guardian, last year's cinema listings, plastic bags, receipts, expired cheques, wires, leads, plugs lurking prongs-up like punji sticks beneath discarded shirts, boxes untouched since at least my last move, bags picked through but unpacked since the last trip to my parents, shoddy furniture, crumbling yellow walls, footprint-sized glimpses of beige carpet between bed and door, a mirror with 'Is this you?' written in blood across the top and rolls of wrapping paper in the corner *

Even I've changed, though you may have been too polite mention it. My usual posting attire may have been casual to the point of scruffy, but it can't have escaped your attention that this is my first post composed clad in only one item of clothing. Two, if you count the perennial ring-pull on the chain round my neck. Three if you count the duvet. And notice my bleary, bloodshot, half-closed eyes, my rumpled hair drooping across my face, my slumped posture making you wince in anticipation of the years of discomfort it forbodes, my blank expression punctuated by the occasional ironic grin or causeless chuckle, my periodic swigs of flat tap-water from an empty bottle of gin... Some things haven't changed, at least.

Listen. I can choose any music I want, without the discomfort of ill-fitting headphones and the nagging fear that the trapped fly buzzing bleeding through is making someone-else's day that sliver less bearable. But the only sounds are the distant, comforting rumble of trains and cars, the click of keys and the sporadic whirring of the fan. And the dawn chorus. Fucking birds.

* Because if the thought counts, surely the actual purchase of gift and paper counts double. Even if the gift is never wrapped or delivered. In a way, that saves a lot of embarrassment. After all, by the time you've actually managed to choose and purchase the thing, the occasion has passed, and just as well, really. I mean, it wasn't shit, but it's not like they needed or wanted more stuff, and the realisation that essentially that was all you were handing them would have discomforted you both. Far better to leave the paper in a roll in the corner, a discrete yet visible reminder of failure, getting gradually, inexplicably creased and battered until if you do try to use it the results look even shoddier than your usual ham-fisted attempts, and the prospect of handing over such a small and shabby thing, shabbily concealed, makes you cringe, so it stays in your bag getting more battered still, and returns home with you to be unpacked and stuffed out of sight to lie like an emotional landmine, a reminder found when tidying of why you hate tidying.

Current site:
LiveJournal. I go off-line for a few days, and return to find over two hundred test results, complaints, rambles, wars and works of art to read through. On a slow modem connection. At night only, housemate archie needing the line during the day to work, and prevent his social skills from atrophying by chatting up pretty American women.
I love you guys.


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Mar. 15th, 2002 04:30 am (UTC)
My usual posting attire may have been casual to the point of scruffy, but it can't have escaped your attention that this is my first post composed clad in only one item of clothing. Two, if you count the perennial ring-pull on the chain round my neck. Three if you count the duvet.
I often post clad only in one item of clothing. Right now, for instance, I am punctuating my early morning feeble attempts at exercise (a few stretches, a few bends, a few sit-ups) with checking out the Livejournal posts and any email that might have come my way. One piece of clothing not including any necklace (that comes later in the dressing process) or duvet (back on the bed).

Welcome to the freedom! Erm, or whatever (considering the reason for it).
Mar. 17th, 2002 02:58 pm (UTC)
... it's all so coy!
What is this pussyfooting around? Come on, let's hear what piece of clothing it is you're not wearing, with whys and pros and cons of your relative non-nakedness, already! ... I'm sure this information is of crucial value.

In the spirit of openness and free exchange of information, I would like to point out that I am currently posting in my socks.

P.S. I am wanking as I write this.
Mar. 17th, 2002 03:50 pm (UTC)
Re: ... it's all so coy!

No, wait, you asked what I wasn't wearing...
Mar. 18th, 2002 08:35 am (UTC)
Re: ... it's all so coy!
Bah. We all guessed wrong, then.
Jo and Jeremy guessed a bra, as I recall.
I guessed glasses.
Mar. 18th, 2002 10:16 am (UTC)
Re: ... it's all so coy!
I don't wear glasses.

Often I don't wear a bra.

I am sitting down on the sofa as I type in the morning.

Ergo, knickers only.

Too much info yet?
Mar. 30th, 2002 05:07 am (UTC)
Re: ... it's all so coy!
Tell me, do you type... vigorously?

That's quite enough info, thanks.
Mar. 15th, 2002 05:33 am (UTC)
I had a real hard time reading that. Maybe its cause I speak American, er...pardon me. Perchance it is because I speak American. I bet everything would have made more sense to me had I heard John Cleese reading it.

BUT - I can tell that it is well written and intellegent. It's just that I am neither.
Mar. 15th, 2002 06:28 am (UTC)
Hup! Hup! Let's go, OxfordSlacker! There's no lying down in Livejournal! We are bored to tears at work and this is the result. No time for tidying up or getting dressed! Read more Livejournal till you're caught up!
Mar. 15th, 2002 08:22 am (UTC)
Now you understand why I made my journal test-free. Unfortunately, every so often, you have to tolerate something like the image of Legolas with the lyrics of "I'm Too Sexy" behind him. But I try for content.

Hope the jobless thing works out well, hope the housemates are happy, hope the bathroom stays relatively clean, hope your life is good.

Yer pal,
Mar. 18th, 2002 05:33 am (UTC)
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