• Bartok commented on the post, armchair 5 years, 5 months ago

    My grandmother needed help to get out of the arm chair. My mother would put them out in the garden. One day, as a child, I turned the tap on them. The old lady in the chair.

  • Bartok commented on the post, stable 7 years, 5 months ago

    As a child, I went horse riding. On Friday afternoons, it was a great way to end the week, after school. Added to that there was a girl I fancied who also went. Sometimes our parents would share lifts, so I got to spend the whole afternoon with her.

  • Bartok commented on the post, division 7 years, 8 months ago

    Primary school, learning division, and then long division. From then on, the appreciation that some things, like multiplication, are easy one way, but difficult the other, like division.

    The same goes for calculus, and how much earlier differentiation is than integration.

  • Bartok commented on the post, chance 7 years, 8 months ago

    Life takes all its unexpected turns. I met my wife when I put an ad in the paper for a housemate. I think of all the times serious things have happened, by the slightest chance. And also, ponder on how different things could be had things been just slightly different.

  • Bartok commented on the post, manager 7 years, 9 months ago

    The stereotypical boss, you know, get on with ok, who is a bit overweight, sends you on arduous tasks

  • Bartok commented on the post, boiling 7 years, 9 months ago

    As the pressure reduces, everything boils more easily, like on top of a mountain the water boils at a lower temperature. But if the pressure reduces enough, like in space, thinks that are not even hot start to boil, like your skin.

  • Bartok commented on the post, root 7 years, 9 months ago

    … of all my issues in life. Is it me, or can I attribute all my failings to something that happened t me, that wasn’t my doing, so I can hold no blame?

  • Bartok commented on the post, step 7 years, 9 months ago

    Step one, next, then the next, and off you go, on the trip of a lifetime. All you need to do is start, and the rest follows on. It is all so much easier, once that first step has been taken.

  • Bartok commented on the post, lightning 7 years, 10 months ago

    Washie, the geologist, said we should crouch down, below the level of the rocks. He said at this level, even the wind static could attract a strike.

  • Bartok commented on the post, trophy 7 years, 10 months ago

    The hall, filled with antlers and heads. Stuffed yesteryear, the smell old and musty. Even chairs made of horns and bone.

  • Bartok commented on the post, cigarette 7 years, 10 months ago

    The addiction passes, but the memory remains. A sudden whiff of the smoke takes you back. The association with images and places. The smell when you peel back the cellophane.

  • Bartok commented on the post, straw 7 years, 10 months ago

    The hat, with the uniform, the boater. Striped blazer, grey trousers, relaxed stance. The hat had resin, so it was hard. With a band of the school’s colours.

  • Bartok commented on the post, lust 7 years, 11 months ago

    My friend’s wife. My friend. One night, we were the only ones left. My friend’s wife and me. We both felt it, and went with it.

  • Bartok commented on the post, antlers 7 years, 11 months ago

    That room, in Mafra, Portugal. Filled with hunting trophies, even chairs made out of antlers, stretched with hide.

  • Bartok commented on the post, cells 7 years, 11 months ago

    The clang, the rattle of keys, the noise. Nothing is soft, everything is harsh and brutal. Shouting, the bare lights, the food, no cutlery.

  • Bartok commented on the post, forgetting 7 years, 11 months ago

    The dreams, so vivid at the time, even in the morning, fade as the day goes on, soon forgetting the details and eventually the context, until all that remains is a vague thread.

  • Bartok commented on the post, painted 7 years, 11 months ago

    The clowns painted faces, all too many of them, at the clown convention. One reached into the car in front, driven by a girl, and snatched the keys. I wound up the window so one couldn’t do it to us.

  • Bartok commented on the post, plaid 7 years, 11 months ago

    I always wondered, until I was in my twenties, what exactly was plaid. I’d heard it spoken many times, and it was only much later I discovered it was what I would call tartan-ish

  • Bartok commented on the post, despair 7 years, 11 months ago

    Nothing like the realisation that beyond all your negative thoughts it has actually turned out worse. And to also realise that there is no going back, time travels in one direction only.

  • Bartok commented on the post, mint 7 years, 12 months ago

    Up past the archives, the mint. A big machine in there, churning out coins. Do they also make paper money in there?