Sunday, February 3, 2013

Attention to Detail 1-5 by Eric Stoveken

"I don't take Opposite Day seriously at all." she declared as she picked up her egg-shell whisk and vigorously stirred a bowl of molten steel.

Bob's lawn is immaculate. This can be attributed to many things, not the least of which is the lawn comb that he developed. Carved from balsa wood, with rounded teeth perfectly spaced for his exact species of grass, it allowed him to lift and separate the individual blades before clipping them with his titanium scissors.

He was an artisanal saltmaker. He would start with a block of pink Himalayan rock salt and diamond sharpened rasp. Once he had a decent pile of shaving to work with, he brought out the jeweler's fob and his specialized tools. He would custom grind each minute granule into a perfect icosahedron.
His salt was expensive, but grotesquely wealthy foodies would put nothing else on their cantaloupe.

It opened down the road from me. The Fast Food Joint. It is there for people who want to make a political statement; who want to rage against the machine; who want to follow in the footsteps of Gandhi.
You walk up to the counter, pay your $7 and they give you no food.
The chairs are also really uncomfortable.
I thought that was a nice touch.

It takes her 3 weeks to read your palm. 7 hour sessions every day. She doesn’t just read the usual heart and head lines like your typical new age shop gypsy. She reads every line on your hand; she can divine the first book you ever read, the last movie you saw and the name of the last person you will ever kiss based on nothing more than the ridges of your index fingerprint.
You have to pay significantly more for her to disclose the secrets contained in the lines at the base of your thumb, but I wouldn’t recommend it to those who cherish their sanity.


Eric Stoveken is a writer of strange and unusual tales living in eastern Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Devil Yearns for The Perfect Denver Omelet and Other Revelations, which is available from Amazon. You can visit his website at or follow him on Twitter @EMStoveken

Copyright 2013 Eric Stoveken

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