Might As Well Engage with Life Today, Baby

“Which floor?”  The weatherworn man asks, leaning over his metal walker.

“Nineteen.”  I reply, as though we hadn’t had this exchange a hundred times.  He punches nineteen for me then eighteen for him.

“How was your day?”

“Showed a 10-year-old how I use software so he can make improvements.  Then I picked up a ghost.”  I hold up the plastic Halloween-themed ghost.  Possibly also made by a 10-year-old.

“I went to the store earlier to get playing cards but forgot.”  He says, mostly to the ghost.  “Looked at automotive stuff and ended up getting Dr. Pepper and a jumbo box of Halloween candy.”

“That’s a risk of store-visiting.  If I need something I’ve learned to get it first and then look at other things.”

“I’ll try that next time.”

“I like your socks.”  We both look at his electric blue and canary yellow polka dotted socks pulled over his pant legs.

“I figured I might as well engage with life today.”

“We might as well do that while we’re here,” I agree.

The elevator doors open and I wish him a good evening.  Drinking with whoever stops by until he passes out, although maybe not over cards tonight.

I nail my ghost to the door with surprisingly satisfying hammer thwacks.  Might as well engage with life, baby.




21 thoughts on “Might As Well Engage with Life Today, Baby

          1. Yes, prepare to read (but best to keep th light ON! 8-0 )
            As we move into Winter, I’ll b studying how th best ghost stories work – my Monastikon novel drafts work best at this time of year, so u should see th quantity – and quality – of my medieval fiction improve!
            Thank u SO MUCH for your support, my friend!

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            1. I love it already!
              Studying how the best ghost stories work — so interesting that you mention it… I’m reflecting on what makes stories work best and why some have mass appeal.
              Your medieval fiction is wonderful and I’m happy that more quantity is on the horizon.
              It’s absolutely my pleasure and thank you for the stories!

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              1. I’ll b interested to study your views on th stories that work best.
                Now that Summer is out of th way, th medieval fiction should be a lot easier to accomplish (I want to press on, even tho u are my only reader!)
                U’re welcome, and thank YOU!

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