Velvet Verbosity no longer has as many NBA Championships as LeBron James, but she's still only one behind. This week she has posted "not five, not four, not three, not two...," but instead one word for our 100 Word Nerd Purposes, and that word is "invigorating". (What Velvet does with the 100 Word Nerd Porpoises is probably best left to the imagination.) This story is humbly dedicated to the great Ellis Paul, and is named after one of his songs, "Annalee".
"Change your environment to change your thinking," my therapist tells me. So I put on some boots and a jacket and start walking down the street, feeling the crisp air, smelling decay and burning, thinking about football and the baseball playoffs and school starting again. It was invigorating, true. It was nice to get away from the same sounds, the same colors, the same walls. But what nobody mentioned was that the damned reality, the hard edged fuck you truth of the situation, was that Annalee was gone, and no matter what tricks I used, I couldn't forget that.