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Sarah Stanton
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To dream of a zebra denotes that you will be interested in varying and fleeting enterprises. To see one wild in his native country foretells that you will pursue a chimerical fancy which will return you unsatisfactory pleasure upon possession.


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Birthdays, Bubbles and Beauty

Mon Mar 31, 2014, 4:54 PM


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Talk to me about America. The green rind of the hills, the desert of the mind. The bubbles blown across Haight and Masonic by a hippy in her prime. Talk to me about the coffee shops, the flowers pushing themselves out of the earth in spring, the heart of things, the moles. Talk to me about dogs in the street and hobos in the park, the breathless rest, the soul. Tell me what it's like to land in San Francisco, the folk drumming of the engine coming to a stop and the tiny crumb you call yourself pushed out into the world. Tell me and I'll tell you how it feels to find a home in these tiny houses, to piece together a neighbourhood out of scraps and seesaws and stop signs, to push the border of what is unknown a block or two further away. Tell me about the beat, the street fairs and the hot air and the swearing and the blaring horns and running like a hare in the sun. Tell me and I'll tell you about me, about the life a continent apart. Let's talk about America. Let's start.

I've been living in San Francisco for a month and a half now, and it's a love affair that gets a little more maudlin each day. This is a town where bookshops run erotic fanfiction nights and knitting circles discuss Reddit threads over their Guinness. It's a town where a white girl can belt out a Wang Lee Hom tune to half of Chinatown and be cheered, where a man can walk down the street in nothing but a man purse and a gold-sequinned cock sock. It's the land of Emperor Norton. Yesterday was my birthday; I could have done a lot of things, but instead I sat in the sun with a pound of strawberries and a honey latte and just watched the world go by. The night before, we went out for southern food and craft beers before heading to a speakeasy-style bar where old typewriters line the walls and you can wear a flapper dress without feeling daft. There are downsides to getting older, of course, but I can't think of anywhere I'd rather have those downsides than here. 

Crushes on cities aside, of course, things are more or less the same. I'm editing a book for the Central Conversatory of Music; I'm auditioning for a sensational choir on Sunday; I'm slowly making friends. Recently, I  had the dubious pleasure of informing a client that the entire text they had sent me to translate was plagiarized. My health stops me from doing a lot of things I want to do, but it will probably also get me a medical marijuana card, so swings and roundabouts. In any case, it hasn't beaten me yet. I told myself at the beginning of this year that I would be happy with my life if I found something to surprise me every day. My New Year's Resolution was for novelty. And now I'm looking for it, I find it everywhere I go—in books, in the words of strangers, in bubbles and cock socks and beauty. And I miss you guys, I do. So let's talk about you. Let's try. I want to know what's been going on and what hasn't been going on and why this damn place seems to change every time I shut my eyes. 




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neurotype Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thefuck you doin' online :evileye:
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Writer
Dude, you know as well as I do that I don't even have an offline presence anymore.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You raise an excellent point.
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zippip Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Thank you for the fave, and for all your support and reading.
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Writer
You're welcome! (And sorry for my tardiness, and the way I basically only enjoy your work from the shadows, perhaps in a dark alley or a badger sett, snuffling at it and whiskering my approval and trying to get it DDs. But you're welcome nonetheless!)
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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014   Writer
Happy birthday, lovely one. ♥
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MarcoEmma Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday!! :D
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zebrazebrazebra Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Writer
Why, thank you!
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MarcoEmma Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! :D
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brokengod--veins Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday, and I hope you're well :heart:
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