December 7, 2012

from the archives: August 2, 2010

Dear clusterflock: Today’s Dilemma:

Can I do this unobtrusively?

This being: return to the roadside motel where I lived for the past three months, dive into the dumpster to retrieve a garbage bag, open it and retrieve a small trashcan liner filled with vomit and other detritus, and swirl through it in search of a diamond ring that belonged to my mother.

I don’t think I can do this unobtrusively.

comments

  1. SC on December 7th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Did the ring make it back?

  2. Sheila Ryan on December 7th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    It did, SC. I have it on my finger as I type.

  3. Joel Bernstein on December 7th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Were you obtrusive?

  4. Sheila Ryan on December 7th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I may have been, Joel, but potential witnesses were obtuse.

  5. SC on December 7th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Where was it hiding?

  6. Sheila Ryan on December 7th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Hiding in a sack of . . . awh hawh hawh . . . a sack of . . . awh, I’m dyin’ — a sack of . . . whoop! . . . vomit!

  7. Casey Cichowicz on December 8th, 2012 at 10:01 am

    This spontaneous vomiting thing has happened before, huh?

  8. Sheila Ryan on December 8th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Ordinarily it doesn’t come over me without warning.