Sunday, September 2, 2012

Week in Seven Words #134

autopilot
The mind tends to make decisions based on familiarity and comfort. But this time I stop myself and ask, "Why?" - Why are we going for this problematic option that will cost more and give us a poorer return on our efforts?

aversion
When reading at the park on Saturday afternoons I'm used to seeing squirrels dart across the small paths by the lake. What I'm not prepared for are rats. Rats don't belong here. The first rat is a large one with a long tail dragging behind it. The second rat, which darts out a minute later, is smaller and might have been cute had it been in a cage at the pet store. Rats aren't 'park animals.' They're pests or pets (or lab specimens). Then I remember meeting with someone once in an old building in west Philly where our conversation kept getting interrupted by loud thumps from inside the walls. "The squirrels are lively today," she told me, and I guess any animal can be a pest if it violates the boundaries people have placed around it.

gears
After playing piano for half an hour I sit down again in front of the computer and forget how to type. For ten seconds or so my fingers can't settle on the keyboard and every movement I make with them feels alien. It's as if my brain is still in piano mode, wanting me to play chords and trills instead of typing (this is what a trill looks like on the keyboard: jkjkjkjkjkjkjkjkj). It takes a mental shift just to get started again.

intermixture
She plays hopscotch on a basketball court where her brother and his friend shoot hoops with a soccer ball.

oddballs
We're a pair of misfit Jews.

plenitude
More bookshelves!

yolky
We talk over runny eggs. At the table next to us a baby shrieks.

6 comments:

naida said...

Interesting week in words as always. Ewww about the rats.
I really like 'gears'.
Enjoy your Monday!

HKatz said...

Thanks, Naida. I'm so glad to be playing piano again :)

Relyn Lawson said...

The rats are creeping me out. As to the piano - my daughter struggled to learn keyboarding when she was practicing her piano faithfully. How funny.

HKatz said...

They creep me out too, Relyn. And that's so funny to hear that about your daughter. I remember learning to type when I played piano as a kid but not with this difficulty maybe because I didn't type right after playing.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I can't stand rats! It's the same in our Princes Street Gardens, the squirrels are cute but there are lots of rats too. You're never further than a few meters away from a rat in most cities...

HKatz said...

I've seen rats around under cars at night and in subway stations, but while I knew that they must be in the parks too, they were never so visible to me as recently.