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QOTD-What Do the Facts Say About You?



It all comes down to what they can print out and put in a file folder. Inventories and bank statements and phone bills.

Every once in while you should use your card to pay for something fancy. Just so that if you get murdered, the investigators won’t think you’re a total degenerate who only shops at the record store and Arby’s. I might have shared this piece of advice before, but it’s worth another mention.

I’m in the middle of moving, and the process of going through my possessions has me thinking about what my things might say about me. It also has me exhausted, so my brain is firing on about 6 of 8 cylinders. I know. It’s the perfect time for introspection.

I found three shoeboxes under my bed when I was packing up. They were full of assorted crap, as if I had just pulled the junk drawer out of my desk and emptied the contents into the nearest container. Which is exactly what I did. The junk these boxes contained could have all been thrown out. It should have been thrown out. I think there was even some actual garbage in one of them, somewhere buried amid the chapsticks and key chains.

I know these boxes say something about me, but I don’t think I even want to know what it is. I just know I could use more classy shit in my life. Or in my apartment, at least.

What does the inventory of your life say about you? What conclusions might detectives come to in the investigation of your life?

And do you know where I could find some boxes in this town? My whole world is boxes right now.




About Doran Simmons

I'm a writer and a camper and a keeper of fish. I was trained as a flight instructor and work day jobs and write nonsense for public consumption (hopefully).

One comment on “QOTD-What Do the Facts Say About You?

  1. Mess
    September 10, 2013

    My book collecting is out of control. I have books stacked on every surface. My housekeeper hates me, but she cleans anyway.

    The books are filed deliberately. You wouldn’t guess that at first glance. Dunn is stacked atop Palahniuk. Science and science fiction are shelved together; why not? There is “Happiness,” then “Salinger,” then “Evil People and Incarceration.” I also have had to recently separate Ed Ruscha Books, Common from Ed Ruscha Books, Rare. I have more books on Dali than I have drinking glasses. “Spiritual” is broken into three parts: Sex, stuff that is personified, and stuff that is not personified. Music is next to German Expressionist Cinema.

    I save dead pet and preserve them. Mine, and other people’s.

    I also save beer bottle caps. I started doing it for the child of a friend. He lost interest, but I can’t stop filling every open container (is that a pun?) in my home with beer bottle caps.

    It’s amazing what quirks people will accept from a pretty woman. Few people are invited inside. I am okay will all of this.

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