Variations on a Theme

People watching, writ singular

an appropriate pseudonym
4 October 1983
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This is the story Somebody Else:
Somebody Else is every person you see walking down the street, and you have one thought about them and then they're out of your life faster than they came in. Somebody Else is every person who scored higher on the test than you; the person that starts every chain letter, every joke, every spam mail; every person that didn't vote in the last election; the author of an anonymous quote; the person that just cut you off in traffic, or ran that red light; the prime minister of the little african country, between Uganda and Tanzania; the bum two blocks back that you didn't even notice; the inspiration of every philosopher and artist, and the witness to every event of any importance in the world. Somebody Else is resposible for nearly everything that happens on this planet of any significance. They are every one, and she is everyone, and he is everyone, but no one can figure out who they are. If you don't know them, they are Somebody Else. I am that person. I am Somebody Else.

He has a wife and kids waiting for him back in Taos. She is trying to find the right woman. He is trying to find his mother in the supermarket. She has forgotten the name of the person she was just introduced to. He is deathly afraid of other people meeting his parents. She just bought a purse. He is making hot chocolate. She can't stop worrying about her dog, that she left in the kennel while she went on a business trip. He is lost in the suburbs of Seattle. She just came in from working on the rice plantation. He wants to move to Canada, but never will, and knows it. She is looking for a second job. He is running for a seat in the Reichstag. She just won the lottery. He just found out that he has Lou Gherig's Disease. She is waiting for alimony money from her ex-husband. He's been made vice-president. She is considering an abortion, and hoping that her parents don't find out. He is hugging his father in the airport terminal. She thinks this guy might be the one. He is taking out the trash. She is trying to get to sleep. Do you know them? Do you know me?

I'm nobody, Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us--don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog.
-Emily Dickinson

"Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else."
Will Rogers

"Monsieur Rick, what kind of a man is somebodyelse?"
"Oh he's just like any other man, except more so."

"You live around here?" I asked.
"Maybe. How about you?"
"You once had a French accent, didn't you?" I asked.
"Maybe. How about you?"
"Oh, nothing like that. Listen, did anybody ever tell you that you resembled somebodyelse?"
"We all, more or less, resemble somebodyelse."
-Charles Bukowski "Pulp"

note: In case of extreme emergency, my contact information is in a locked entry on January 1st, 2000, viewable to myself, leftwinger, rightwinger, wildpersimmons and lj-administrators if I threaten suicide [unlikely] or something similar.
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