Episode 3. Part 1 of “The Introduction”
“Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do; once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and of what is the use of a book’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversation’”
ALEX IN BLUNDERLAND
Alex played with his friends on the riverbank.
When he was younger all they would do
(curiously, all they would do when they became adults was to fish)
For now this riverbank was used for larger adventures;
camping on the abandoned canal path,
building rafts whose lifetime
was three hours (maximum),
catching snakes while hoping
that no girls would invade
(yet hoping to see a girl that they could scare with said snakes)
When Alex was very young he would create walking adventures.
These would make his mother quite frightful.
He would leave very unexpectedly,
be gone for long periods of time.
These were Alex’s self-described “long-shortcuts.”
No one but Alex knew what a long-shortcut was.
They were long walks that Alex used
as short cuts for observing
the increments of life.
Most were as simple as a trip to the local grocery store.
Alex saw the owner cutting meat, wrapping it in paper
and tying it up with a string.
Alex mentally recorded the precision and care
with which the meat was butchered,
the magnificent airborn contraption
that held the coarse string
and let the butcher
take a desired bit
That endless roll of paper so handy
at the end of the cutting table.
Oh that table.
What a wonderful piece of work!
Composed of hundreds of pieces
of wood all fastened together
in a thick block, supported
by equally thick legs.