It would be so nice to get out, if only for a day. I wouldn’t need to do anything extravagant. No trips to Disneyland or to the south of France. It’s the simple things I miss the most. The things I always took for granted. The things I didn’t realize I enjoyed…until I couldn’t do them any longer. The things I haven’t been able to do for almost 10 years.
If I was out, only for a day, I would:
-Ride an escalator and an elevator
-Drive a car through town, and honk my horn
-Smile at the Starbucks barista when she tells me to have a great day.
-Relax in a hotel jacuzzi
-Order a glazed buttermilk bar from a local donut shop
-Take my dog on a walk
-Gently caress a woman’s face and run my fingers through her hair while kissing her
-Fill up a fountain drink at the gas station minimart, and buy some beef jerky
-Use a Keurig k-cup coffee machine for the first time
-Take a shower with bare feet
-Watch a movie in the theater with my parents
-Use the cup holder in the movie theater
-Mix junior mints into my popcorn
-Touch real money — it looks so different!
-Open a refrigerator door
-Play a board game with Anja
-Say hi to a stranger
-Browse through a used bookstore
-Hear a telephone ring and answer it, excited that for the first time in a decade, someone is actually calling ME
-Google those song lyrics I keep thinking of (who sings that?!)
-Wash my clothes in my own washing machine
-Use a vacuum cleaner
-Use a lint roller on my blankets
-Go for a walk at 2 AM, just because I can
-Hold a woman next to me in a soft king bed with fancy sheets
-Play a game of ping pong
-Play basketball in the park with Jen
-Have lunch with Beth, and be able to choose items from an actual menu!
-Go to a professional sporting event
-Call Marah and apologize on her voicemail
-Go shopping at a grocery store
-Go to a frozen yogurt store and get cookies and cream
-Use metal utensils!
-Use a smartphone or iPad (Wow, what is this thing?!!) 🙂
-Walk barefoot on the carpet
-Sing in the shower
-Use a private bathroom
-Use a Mach-3 Razor and good-quality shaving gel
-Get a shampoo and haircut at a fancy salon
-Do a 2-hour DJ shift at the local radio station
-Look at my friends’ Facebook pages
-Take a quick walk through Target
-Get a swedish massage at the day spa
-That sounds good, actually. Let me get a second massage. I realize I only have one day, but I think we can squeeze it in!
Finally, for one day, I’d like to actually be Steve Newman, not Inmate Newman #90843. For one day, let me go back to how things used to be. Just for a day.
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