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October 01, 2002

The other night I dreamt

The other night I dreamt that I was in a thrift shop which offered a free bag with the purchase of a goldfish. So I managed to pick out a big fat fellow in a wee baggie for a dollar, but for the life of me I could not decide among the vast array of choices. There were handbags, phone cases, messenger bags - I was so frustrated and indecisive that I woke myself up. It figures - even in my dreams I must obsess over the bag that's just right.

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Yours, &c., LC | 02:33 PM |