I had a dream the other night.
We were just outside Paris for some reason or other. Near enough to see the Eiffel Tower from where we were, but not quite in the city.
We stood there on a bridge looking at the Eiffel Tower from a distance, and I said to Eric, “I wish we could go to Paris city proper. It’d be neat to see the Eiffel Tower. I know it’s smaller than it looks in all the pictures, but there are some really nice streets I want to visit, and I hear there are some great boulangeries there that I’d like to try.”
This complete stranger was standing next to us and said “You don’t want to go there. That’s where you get the clap.”
Completely nonplussed, I can’t help but stare at this stranger and all I can manage to utter is “What?”. Dream self even felt the expression of ultimate confusion form on my face.
The stranger said “You know what the Moulin Rouge is like.”
I realise that he misheard boulangerie and somehow thought I was talking about the Moulin Rouge. Which I suppose do sound kind of similar. And I find myself stuttering “Oh, um. I meant like a bakery. Not a place of entertainment.”
At this point, I think I broke my own brain. The dream kind of stopped abruptly while brain did a stacktrace to find out what the hell just happened.
When I later recounted this dream to Eric, he burst out laughing and there were some slanderous slurs against the sanctity of my brain function. Couldn’t really dispute it though.
(via Michael - FB):
Writers, you can stop now. Someone has now crafted the world’s greatest opening sentence.
I’m sad that a puppy had to be harmed for this opening sentence to come into being. But it really is a work of art.
"After making his getaway on the bulldozer, he had driven so slowly that a 5km tailback built up behind him on the motorway."
I read about this in the Australian news today. I don’t even know where to begin.
Does he think there’s a switch in your body that goes “Far out, is this rape? Is it legitimate rape. Let’s see. Did the human consciousness I’m attached to say ‘no’ when she really means ‘yes’? I’m not sure. Well… actually, she seemed like she really meant it. Right then, blocking all reproductive operations now!”
Is this the state of the American education system? That a man his age has nfi how the human body works? Or did he completely skive off during the human biology bits? Does he also think that virgins can’t get pregnant when they have sex for the first time?
And he said he was advised this by doctors. Which doctors? Can we have their names so that we can ensure they never practice ever again?
“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin said, referring to conception following a rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”
-representative todd akin on abortion in the case of rape.
whole article here: