Friday, February 29, 2008

Kim Kasch 60/365

In Mrs. Perks’ second grade class, we huddled together to record in our writing “logs” that we had seen a “moov-e”. Neither of us could figure out how to spell movie. Moov + e = moove? Yes!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Roger Quick 59/365

You were the fastest runner in grade school.
Kiss Tag was invented so we could chase you.
Yours were the first sparkling blue eyes I’d ever seen.
Someone told me you died in high school—drunk driving?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Mrs. Zini 58/365

Taught me diamante poems and sentence diagramming,
Which I loved in equal measure.
Worked your road trip into the curriculum.
My life was falling apart,
But my brain was starting to come together
And words were the glue.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Don K. 57/365

Kelly’s dad.
But I thought it was funny that someone as small as you could be a dad.
You looked like Kenny Loggins
You used to zip up and down the road in your little blue Corvette.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Brett 56/365

The Prince of Organized, The King of Methodical, The Duke of Disciplined. I knew I would like working with you right away. We balance each other and make a great team. Please get out of there soon.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

G. Laine 55/365

Harold!? Hoh, dear!
Oh, come on, Furny…!
And I thought, well that’s scriptural.
Cookie Monster!
No, no, don’t do that to me.
I’m taking the kids.
Go now, I must see you again.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Louise 54/365

Exhibited completely inappropriate boundaries in your position, harping quarterly, monthly, weekly about parking, toileting practices and the necessity of undergarments for women. You were scary because you were unpredictable. You are much happier and saner elsewhere now.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Y__ X__ 53/365

“What does your name mean?” I asked,
Expecting to hear something like Graceful Flower or Clever Warrior.
But you said it means something like,
“Maybe the next one will be a boy.”
Shit, really? What the fuck?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Demon-anthy 52/365

You believed every lie SPL 7 told you about us, didn’t you?
You told us in no uncertain terms that this is now a top down system.
Do you have fun emailing in your little corner all alone?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

SPL 7 51/365

What pleasure can you possibly take in dismantling what was an amazing program again and again? Why don’t they notice the talent running from you screaming? What are you doing with all that money? Just a question.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

MMM 50/365

I can understand you being a free spirit and all, whatever, to each his own.
But, you know, don’t father a child, school her in the ways of pot smoking for preschoolers and skip out. That sucks.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Djimet 49/365

So tall and black and damn handsome in your grande boubou. You’re the picture of West African Everyman. Can’t imagine the life you’ve lived, the danger and fear you’ve known. So glad your family’s with you now.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Other Joe 48/365

Look like a skinny, hip old man.
Went overseas, came back married with a pregnant wife.
She just wanted a visa?
She got a job at Ikea. You got a beautiful son.
Happy? You don’t look it.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Joe D. 47/365

Our very own Gordon Sumner—same age, same look, so calm and healthy. You walk and bus everywhere. I love your example. How many languages do you speak? English, Arabic, Somali, Spanish, French—and there are more.

Friday, February 15, 2008

TD 46/365

SPL 7’s little yes man, have you no self respect? Stand up. Say no for once. You could be beautiful if you said yes to yourself. Instead you are old, tired and pasty faced and not even thirty-five.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Lucy 45/365

I’d love to see you happy and rested.
You’re working on it, I know.
These are not your best years, I’m guessing.
Hope I know you again when things are better.
Jeez, am I a fair-weather friend?

Marsha 44/365

Beautiful in every way—red hair, stylish clothes, tender heart. I love that you get sick when you travel because you can’t stop eating the food and drinking the water. Tell me a story. I’m all ears.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Michael K 43/365

Dress like a Mormon missionary every day.
Do as little as possible.
Don’t seem to care.
Study Persian, now Turkish you say,
Three out of eight hours a day.
Nice. Why do you still have a job?

Monday, February 11, 2008

James 42/365

Why can’t you see how beautiful you are with those amazing blue eyes, chic hair and clothes? Smart, funny, such a great husband, father, friend. Good you’re not cocky, but wish you could see what we see.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Scott 41/365

Foolishly I challenged you to a rubber band fight.
I threw a small fit about the injustices of being left handed in a right-handed world.
Next day you gave me The Left Hander’s Handbook.
Thanks for listening.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Richard 40/365

How’s your friend Wei?
"Wei? Ni how? Ni how ma. Ha, ha…ha, ha. Xien, xien. Tsai chien."
Love that we can talk about teaching, dance, language, food and God all on any given day. You get me.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Robin (damn you) 39/365

Poor soul with the misfortune to answer the phone when the police called.
I was laughing with some friends when you asked me to follow you into the bathroom.
“Karin, I’m sorry, but your mother has died.”

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Wanton Mandela (Call Center President) 38/365

“I got this email from a Sam. Who's Sam?"
“Sam...You know, Souhail.”
“You changed his name and his email account?
Look, if you can say his name, then use it, you fucking ignorant xenophobe [emphasis mine].”

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Pat Ch. 37/365

CEO. Mumbled something about Secretary’s Day, then did nothing about it. Worked for you for two years. You gave me nothing but tiny paychecks and mountains of filing in the computer age because you don’t trust computers.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

John 36/365

You ate a ham sandwich (your daily portion of meat) on white bread every single day, always remained calm because of your daily workouts. I thought you were crazy for practically being a vegetarian. “Not even chicken?”

Monday, February 4, 2008

Steve H. 35/365

"Job title?"
“Assistant Controller.”
I guffawed, cackled, “Not you. Your job.”
You looked at me with that are-you-still-here look
and I went away feeling so much better because
I left before you said, “Are you still talking?”

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Forrest 34/365

Played with my Sally doll in the back dash of your mother’s car.
Forgot it there when you moved.

Never saw my Sally doll again.
I was heart broken.
Mom said we could visit.
We never did.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Amy W. 33/365

Never laughed so hard as I did with you.
Chipped my tooth on a Coke bottle guffawing with you.
Your handwriting was perfect. Your mind was brilliant—genius IQ.
Your dad moved you to Perth. : (

Friday, February 1, 2008

Fanta 32/365

I choked on a slow fat fly in front of your 7th grade Geography class. After I finally managed to spit it out, everyone sat in stunned silence until you said, “Miss, you know flies eat poop?!”