Boredom. Boredom is in the eye of the beholder? I'm not at all bored. Even when I'm doing nothing, I'm not bored. Even when I have nothing to do, I'm not bored. Boredom exists on different levels for different people, eh? Work your ass off all day long, and you come to cherish boredom. Chairman of the bored. Chairwoman of the bored. Chairperson of the bored. That's all.
Did you know the interstate highway system was designed to accommodate the Department of Defense?
Midnight at the oasis -- Steak ‘N Shake, Sixth Street. As you enter the outer doors of the Steak ‘N Shake on Sixth Street, for a brief moment in time, you exist in a vacuum. A square vacuum. Then, as you manage to open the inner doors, you're greeted by that famous black and white with a geometric splash of red interiorscape. Slash that. Sounds too stupid.
Midnight at the oasis -- Steak ‘N Shake, Sixth Street. As you enter the outer doors of the Steak ‘N Shake on Sixth Street, for a brief moment in time, you exist in a vacuum. A square vacuum. As you stand between the inner and outer doors, you hear this sound. It can only be described as the sound of air trying to escape. But from where and to where? That is the question.
The restaurant had a smattering of patrons. And you wonder to yourself, why are they even open at this hour. You and your dining partner seat yourselves at a booth on the outer wall. The bright lights inside prevent you from seeing the world outside the windows.
You observe four teenagers. They place their orders. They appear quietly stoned. The one girl, her baby fat bulging out from under her shiny red top, is clearly trying to fight off the look of innocence. The others seemed so honored to be in her presence. Why, oh why? And you wonder what wrong moves she'll make in her life. It's inevitable.
I bared my soul to him, so completely and honestly. And now, I don't know why. The pain is so deep and unending. At the time, I thought we would last forever. I was such a fool. I should have known from the beginning.
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