monday april 14

today i left a voice message on a friend's answering machine. concerned that she was there but just not picking up the phone, i commented: "okay, if you don't pick up in... five seconds, i'll assume you're not there!" unsure of whether to keep talking during this five seconds or to wait and see what happened, i waited a beat and then realized that i was now committed to waiting out the entire five seconds in silence. they were probably the longest five seconds of my day.

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