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Poem: "Until the Cows Come Home"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 5th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)


That's one facet of it. Yes, the poem does kind of make fun of the "American way" as overly ordinary and stuffy. But if you look at the series as a whole, you can see that the fey creatures -- and the humans who acknowledge them -- are banding together. That's a cool little subculture of its own, existing right alongside the ticky-tacky one. So they're living in the same location, but not quite the same frame of reality.

That's not an accident; that's an expression of my own experiences, that each person lives in their own world, some of which overlap and others really don't. I've had people come into my life who never had anything really weird happen around them, whereas weird is my everyday. Eventually I learned to issue warnings about that. Crossing the threshold into my plane of reality can be trip, in more ways than one. It intersects consensus reality, but is not synonymous with it.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 7th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

>>I mostly hang out with people who live in the weirder planes of reality.<<

Same here. Because ...

>> To the point where I often lose track of what is and is not "normal", and occasionally end up really disturbing someone because of the huge gap between what I accept without blinking an eye and what they do. <<

... normal people tend to bore me, and I tend to scare them. I can pass as normal, if I concentrate, but it's like trying to hold my breath. I can only do it for a few hours at a time, when I'm really pushing, or a few days at a more moderate level.

>>A lot of that has to do with being relatively poor in a very rich town, though. People who just can't even conceive of having to live on Ramen for a couple of weeks, or the fact that my Health Care plan for the last seven years has been "Hope it gets better". Let alone the fact that I never got a driver's license and don't own a TV.<<

Just the lack of TV puts anyone outside of most American culture. We have a TV set, but no reception. It changes a lot.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 7th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

>> Passing as normal was just too much work. <<

Too true.

>> Also one of the reasons I've spent a lot of time in food service. Kitchens tend to draw a lot of people who don't quite fit elsewhere, and so we can all fit in pretty well there. <<

That's interesting. Good plan. I find wordsmithing to be a similar experience. When everyone is different, everyone belongs.
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