A weird panic in slow time

February 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

I arrived in San Marcos yesterday. I keep feeling a weird panic here. Of forgetting something. Of everything moving in slow time. People walk slower than me. (I walk really slow.) The internet is slow. People talk about spirits and healing all casual, like it´s the weather and the news. I woke up to a rooster crowing at 5am and I thought it was someone´s alarm clock set to ¨Rooster¨. You can´t print anything. There´s no photocopier. No ATM. My watch is wrong but I don´t know how to set it. I´m using a watch because my cell phone gets no reception. You can´t get things. Like, I brought a salad spinner from the U.S. for the writing workshop´s cook. Special delivery! To get anywhere you need a boat across the lake and a bus through the mountains. We arrived yesterday (just yesterday?) in a storm, thunder, lightning, a downpour. Water in the bottom of the lancha sloshed over my flip flops. One woman on our trip was trying to get into the boat and fell right into the water. She gave a little half scream and two men pulled her out. This internet cafe is tracking my words, it´s been 12 minutes, I owe 5 Q, a little less than a buck. I need coffee but there´s no coffee shop open right now. So. Slow.


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  1. That paragraph briefly transported me away from my desk. Thanks.

  2. And from the land of too fast, I beg….more words about water sloshing over your feet. I’m going to go recreate that moment in my bathtub right now.

  3. Enjoy the slow while it lasts, L.

  4. I echo Paul….enjoy the slow.

  5. […] It rained and rained in sheets and sheets, sloshing up over my flip-flops. […]

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