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dash

A quick dash of this spice and a pinch of that spice and another 20 minutes in the oven to soak up the sauce. AAAAND BAM! I’ve ruined it, because I can’t cook.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 08.08.2018 @ 6:22 am

railroad

A Railroad. A path of wood and steel that we constructed to guide the most powerful form of ground transportation that we have. The very nature of a railroad is based on predestination. Railroad tracks only go one direction at at time, and only forward or back. There is no freedom to a train’s mobility. Once moving however, trains become nigh unstoppable due to their shear momentum and mass. What the train sacrifices in control it makes up for in speed and power. People are like that too. We can choose to focus all of our energy and strength into a singular path and achieve something great, but when we are prepared to sacrifice the freedom we have to change direction at a moments notice.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 08.03.2018 @ 8:00 am

scattered

My thoughts may be focused, but my emotions have been scattered and cast into the wind. In its whimsical frenzy the wind occasionally returns them to me if only for a brief second, reminding me of sensations otherwise long forgotten. On a swift breeze they come and go, never long enough to take root, and never swift enough to be ignored.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 08.01.2018 @ 6:19 am

marked

I had been marked from nearly head to toe in the filth of my efforts to restore the car. The paint I had been using was dark black and I had clumsily gotten it all over my hands, arms, and even in some places I was not yet aware. I work in an office in close proximity to others so I wore a long sleeve shirt to work the next day to hide the stains I could not remove.

I had made it most of the day by the time the first passerby mentioned my blackened hands and asked what had happened. Before I could utter even one word in my defense the woman across the hall interjected “He has it on his ears as well. See? Look.” I have since learned that any of business of mine that leaves its mark on my skin becomes the business of those around me.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 07.24.2018 @ 10:44 am

verbally

Our spoken word only holds its true value in direct communication and only in the moment. Time quickly deteriorates the thoughts and opinions we express out loud to each other. That is why the written word holds much higher value in modern society. Someone may promise you something in person and you feel relieved and happy in that moment, but once you part ways you may find yourself hoping that they keep their word. If the promise is made on paper however, the person’s credibility does not even cross your mind. You just try to think of a safe place to put the paper they signed.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 07.23.2018 @ 9:35 am

hoodie

A hoodie is unique among personal attire. Hoodies, especially ones from college or specific events or locations, hold special place in our memories and we keep them around much longer than we do anything else, sometimes even for life. We even use them as indicators of love and exclusivity. Not just anybody has the right to wear our hoodies.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 07.20.2018 @ 7:19 am

stunt

A quick little stunt every now and then keeps her on her toes. Shedding an otherwise reserved demeanor for just a few seconds helps remind others that everything is not always as it seems.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 07.18.2018 @ 7:44 am

vehicle

The deafening howl of the air jars me out of my dozing as I fly down the twisting highway. It’s 2 AM and this road may as well have been built entirely for my own amusement. I gradually begin pressing on the accelerator. I pass 60 and then 70 shifting into 4th. The engine screams past 7000 rpm as it drinks in the chilly night air. Passing 80 shifting into 5th. Close to 90 now as I push closer and closer to the point of losing control, where one wrong move means everything, and I reach finally reach the brink, the only place where I can hear the music, so strange that seemingly comes from nowhere.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 07.16.2018 @ 8:38 am

sleepless

When you mind and body are truly ready for sleep they will sleep. Do not chase after something that can only come from within. Every minute of sleep you are not getting is a minute of your time and energy you hoarded needlessly. If you are not tired then you are not working hard enough and if you cannot sleep then you are not meant to sleep.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 07.13.2018 @ 12:22 pm

typewriter

The world’s first typist was Lillian Sholes from Wisconsin, the daughter of Christopher Sholes, who invented the first practical typewriter in 1878.

She probably had no idea what the implications of her father’s invention or her abilities truly were.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 07.12.2018 @ 1:00 pm

tedious

Tedious things can be therapeutic for me. I know the term is generally used with negative connotations, but sometimes all I really want is something complicated and time consuming to focus on. My brain spends most of its time jumping from one thought to the next without rhyme or reason, but when I find something complicated enough to require my focus I feel at peace.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 07.10.2018 @ 9:54 am

heatwave

I am not sure if heatwaves technically exist in Georgia anymore. The concept of “heatwaves” implies that at some point it was not already disastrously hot outside. We have “cold fronts”, but nobody ever really mentions heatwaves. Complaining about heat in the south is like complaining about salt in the ocean.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 07.09.2018 @ 6:39 am

pricey

If it seems pricey and you want it then you need to ask yourself two questions about it. First, is the item good quality? You get what you pay for so make sure you are not paying for something you are not getting. Second, is it rare? Scarcity is the other constant by which value can be firmly established. If the thing you want is not of exceptional quality or rarity then it should not be pricey. You have the money so you have the power.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 07.06.2018 @ 7:13 am

liar

Everyone tells lies, it is part of being human. I think that a liar however, is someone who’s first instinct is to lie. Lying too often and indiscriminately trains your brain to communicate with others almost in reverse and before too long lying becomes reflex. Once your brain begins lying reflexively it becomes hard to trust even yourself anymore, and the most dangerous person to lie to is yourself.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 07.05.2018 @ 6:26 am

greens

“Eat your greens” they say to kids. Greens of course meaning all of the green vegetables that are healthy for them. Nobody ever thought to use other colors. Eat your reds, or eat your yellows, or worst still eat your oranges, because then the only thing the child would eat would be oranges. Also, nobody ever specifies what color to drink either. “Drink your clears” could just as easily mean you should hydrate with tequila.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 07.03.2018 @ 8:21 am

premium

Parts for the Datsun 280z were at a really high premium, and he was pretty sure the prices would only go up over time. So the restoration felt like a constant race against the clock. Racing against his patience and racing against a ever inflating budget. He was worried the one thing he wouldn’t get to race was his car.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 07.02.2018 @ 5:51 am

messenger

Jack sat at the bar in his usual spot, his typical Thursday night line up of whiskey and draft beer already being served up by his favorite bartender. His drinking habits may have started as a means to cope with the memories, but over the years it just became part of his personality. He figured it must have worked since he couldn’t remember why he started hitting the sauce so hard in the first place.

He was on his third set when he heard somebody hop onto the stool next to him. The person spoke with cold and flat voice “I have come with a message for you.” Jack didn’t look over, he wasn’t about to give a complete stranger the idea that his attention was so easily diverted.

“A message?” he asked, eyes still locked on the TV over the bar.

“Yes” the man answered.

“What sort of message?” Jack asked.

“I’m afraid it is the kind of message most people do not enjoy receiving.” he answered. A long pause ensued.

he spoke again “It’s nothing personal, but I’m here to kill you.”

Jack shot back off his stool before the final word was muttered, but he was already impaired by the booze. The messenger caught him straight in the chest with a knife. The force of the attack was so great that it sent him flying backward into a bar table and onto the floor.

He tried to sit back up, but the knife lodged in his chest made movement near impossible. He yelled for the bartender to help him. “Sal! Help me! Kill that son-of-a-bitch!” but Sal just kept wiping down the bar with his towel, completely unphased by what happened.

He responded without looking up. “I’m sorry Jack, but I know better than to shoot the messenger.”

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 06.29.2018 @ 8:28 am

tires

Rather than write something interesting I am simply going to revel in the irony that is today’s word. “Tires” could not have been a more perfect word to match with the difficult morning that a close friend and coworker of mine has been having.

To her I say “Sometimes it’s a great day, and sometimes your tire goes flat in the middle of a rainstorm on your way to work when you have no umbrella.”

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 06.28.2018 @ 6:50 am

train

I was training the new trainee on how to properly conduct himself as a new train conductor. While I was explaining how he would always have to keep his eyes trained on the tracks ahead I noticed the train of cars stuck on the tracks at the up coming crossing. With my cross trainers laced up and ready I sprinted to the lever for the horn and let out 5 loud alerts that we were coming.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 06.27.2018 @ 7:46 am

sanity

A person’s state of sanity or insanity is no longer used as a medical diagnosis on its own. That terminology is now used in a legal sense rather than medical. It instead encompasses the many different disorders associated with what makes a person “insane.” So sanity has basically become a subjective method to measure how easy someone is for the rest of society to put up with. Sane people are considered rational, prudent, reasonable, and lucid. Insanity is any state of mind that prevents a normal perception of the world, social interaction, or normal behavior. So sanity is merely what society makes it out to be. Your sanity lives and dies by the people around you.

It takes teamwork to make the dream work and if you cannot get with the picture then you must be insane.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 06.26.2018 @ 7:41 am

washer

The act of washing as become a specialized endeavor. Now we have washers purpose built for every time in our lives that routinely needs a wash. Dishes go in the dishwasher, clothes go in the washing machine, and cars go through a car wash. Despite this we have not really worked out an automated people washer yet. We have showers and indoor plumbing, but the act of washing our selves or someone else still means breaking out lefty and righty and scrubbing down the body the good old fashioned way.

I wonder why we have not developed a mainstream automated method of bathing ourselves yet. Is it because the technology simply has not been developed? I do not think so. I think it is because the act of bathing is too important to outsource to a machine, even a good one. It is too intimate and personal. The hands that clean us need to be our own, or those of someone we love or trust.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 06.25.2018 @ 8:24 am

motel

Nothing caters to human nature quite like a cheap motel. The privacy, simplicity, and versatility of a small room with nothing but a bed and a TV make it a choice option for respite from the road, shelter in a storm, or even an outlet for lustful desires. After all is said and done we cast off the time we spent there like shedding a skin and we can continue on with our journey without a care in the world.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 06.22.2018 @ 1:08 pm

keys

The key to the whole thing was their dynamic. For the first time in his life he had met someone who was not his polar opposite. The fact that she had so much in common with him took him off guard. He had spent his entire life convinced that a woman similar in personality to him didn’t exist. It was easy, too easy, to become engrossed in conversation with her. He started taking any opportunities to speak with her that he could.

He hated wishing that even more opportunities to test the extent of their chemistry would present themselves. He hated that something he knew was wrong felt so right. More than anything though, he hated that he was forced to accept that his life and relationships up until that point had been missing something. Perhaps no matter where he was or who he was with, he would always be missing something.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 06.20.2018 @ 1:24 pm

lawn

“You rotten ass kids need to get your damn imaginations and make believe characters of my damn lawn before I get the garden hose!”

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 06.18.2018 @ 1:19 pm

metabolism

I was lucky enough to inherit my metabolism from my father’s side of my family. In my high school years I hated my higher metabolism because it made it much more difficult for me to accumulate muscle mass. My body kept burning calories before I could convert them to actual body mass. However, now that I am in my later 20’s I can just appreciate that I have not started gaining unwanted weight.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 06.15.2018 @ 6:31 am

construction

When I think of construction I think of buildings, equipment, and people in helmets. If you visit any major city you will typically witness many amazing examples of construction and architecture. Buildings that designed to be eye catching and different, as if being hundreds of feet high and containing dozens if not hundreds of people wasn’t enough to stand out. Despite looking different on the outside, and being different on the inside, they are all made using the same basic principles of physics and building materials. Steel, cement, and sheet rock. They are a lot like people in that respect. We may look different on the outside and each fit the world in our own unique way, but we are still the exact same set of organs and elements as the next person in line at Starbucks.

The key difference between the construction of buildings and people is that buildings are only created once they have a purpose, but people are created having to find a purpose. And just like any aged building we can always change our purpose down the road if we want.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 06.13.2018 @ 8:02 am

wealthy

There is a distinct difference between being wealthy and being rich. Being “rich” is mostly associated with an abundance of money or liquid capital in your life. Rock stars, actresses, and most of the upper class are “rich.” However, rich can be lost as easily as it is gained. Poor investments or money management can easily become the bane of the rich.

“Wealth” however is a completely different story. Wealth is typically associated with a level of means that elevates a person or persons to a completely different social and personal dynamic. Wealth plays into much more than just a persons monetary gains also. Wealth is something that extends across generations and more often than not is something people are born into rather than accomplishing themselves. Having wealth can mean that something as trivial as a last name can make someone worth more money than the sum of their financial parts. Thus wealth is as much a perception as it is a distinction.

“Wealth” is value so great that it begets more value simply by existing. Which is where the concept that the more money you have the easier it is to get more money. Wealth cannot be gained or lost easily and can be as much of a prison as it is a heaven.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 06.12.2018 @ 7:38 am

hazardous

If something isn’t hazardous is “safe” by default. Is the gap between safe and hazardous wide or narrow? Is there a gap at all? Is the level of hazard actually subjective and based on the knowledge and intelligence of the individuals acknowledging the hazard?

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 06.11.2018 @ 1:33 pm

firefighter

The fire truck roared down the road sirens blazing before coming to a back breaking stop halt in front of the burning building. A team firefighters leaped out of the fire engine and began assembling their tools. Lieutenant Carter equipped the high pressure water hose, and Lieutenant Smith grabbed his fire ax and oxygen mask, and the new guy grabbed his gasoline canister. “It’s time to fight fire with fire!” he shouted as he doused his own body with his jerrycan and ignited himself before sprinting, burning and screaming into the building.

There multiple fatalities that day and an investigation was launched.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 06.07.2018 @ 9:44 am

stalled

She stalled and stalled. She almost never made an entry before he did and even with his encouragement, something as simple and as frivolous as an anonymous literary post seemed difficult for her to embrace in a timely manner. Too often she would overthink her own thoughts and in doing so the thoughts she would finally put down on the proverbial paper would be oversimplified and understated. Her inability to keep it simple always led to overly simple words.

» Posted By Kristian Pierce On 06.06.2018 @ 1:35 pm

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