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January 2015 - kale & cigarettes
500 Words Per Day It’s Not a Dick, It’s Mr. Squiggly: Day 20

It’s Not a Dick, It’s Mr. Squiggly: Day 20

1.30.15 Day 20 Rolled up my sleeves and put some kids in check tonight. Teenaged boys are such idiots. I remember when I was 15, I had a car already because my parents ruled and I worked just .5 miles down the road and I talked them into letting me take myself to work so …

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500 Words Per Day Long Term Strangers: Day 19

Long Term Strangers: Day 19

1.29.15 Day 19 The crying has begun. Level 3 kids. Asian kids. They need to be challenged to communicate their emotions. Like a bunch of time bombs walking around these halls. Pushed culturally into emotional suppression. Enter Blocks Challenge. Where you have to communicate something authentically and if you’re not telling the truth, your ass …

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500 Words Per Day I’m a Writer, It’s OK to Hurt People: Day 18

I’m a Writer, It’s OK to Hurt People: Day 18

1.28.15 Day 18 Some of the things I look forward to are finding orange slices without seeds, getting a piece of chicken that has meat on it, sliced apples that aren’t brown, the peanut butter we have stored in the fridge, when they put soap in my room, not getting bit by mosquitos on steroids, …

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500 Words Per Day Lily the Music Girl: Day 17

Lily the Music Girl: Day 17

1.27.15 Day 17 They didn’t bring Lily back as our music girl so I’m trying to process my emotions right now. She was a real coming of age story. Quiet at first, unsure of where she belonged in this world. Then Greg and I came along and let her know it was ok to be …

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500 Words Per Day Elevator Rides with Muslims: Day 16

Elevator Rides with Muslims: Day 16

1.26.15 Day 16 City life is over. Back to the mountain in the morning. Another 5 day camp and then it’s off to Thailand to take boat rides to small islands and work on my tan. Something that has really been stressing me out lately is the elevator. If I had to estimate, I would …

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500 Words Per Day Texting Accents: Day 15

Texting Accents: Day 15

1.25.15 Day 15 I reckon this marks the half way period. Texting new people gives me a lot of anxiety because it’s hard to articulate my wide range of accents. Dem der nice boots. If you don’t know a person well how are you supposed to hit send without fear that they will completely miss …

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500 Words Per Day Kids Break My Heart: Day 14

Kids Break My Heart: Day 14

1.24.15 Day 14 Back in the city tonight, Kuala Lumpur. I used to love this city, thought it felt like SE Asia’s New York because of the grit, construction, and diversity. Now I just feel like it is dirty, corrupt, and inefficient. The first night I was here, about a year ago, it poured rain …

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500 Words Per Day Homeless or Homefree?: Day 13

Homeless or Homefree?: Day 13

1.23.15 Day 13 Before I know it, this whole thing is over. Sitting at a white plastic table with Justin, Bucky, and Mijon. We’ve just finished day 4 of camp. Tomorrow we send another crop of teens back into the wild. I did a lot of interviews today, about 13 kids in total. Greg accuses …

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500 Words Per Day Story of a Womanizer: Day 12

Story of a Womanizer: Day 12

1.22.15 Day 12 I’m not sure why, but Malaysia is really blowing it as a country. They have all the resources in the world but they operate like a third world nation. The wifi here is killing me. They won’t even let me download something that is 77MB! That’s like a picture for god’s sake. …

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500 Words Per Day Angry People Can’t Sing: Day 11

Angry People Can’t Sing: Day 11

1.21.15 Day 11 Day 11, this shit’s almost over already. When I was little, all I wanted to do was be older. I laid in bed and repeated, “I wish I was 20, I wish I was 20,” over and over until I fell asleep. I couldn’t understand how I would ever get there because …

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