I wonder what happened to my friend who only ate pickles

I have been doing this intermittent fasting thing the last six weeks or so. Actually, I have been doing it on and off for the last ten years. It seems that now a whole bunch of people are catching on to it. I’d like to note I did it first. Maybe Malcolm Gladwell can feature me in his next Tipping Point book. Do you think there will be a sequel? I kid. I don’t care. But I will admit I was entertained by the book when I read it many years back. Whenever I look at penny loafers I think of that book. I guess it made an impact. But, onwards to my next digression.

I was looking in the refrigerator feeling really hungry. Some days of my intermittent fasting are easier than others. Today, my mind and my heart wanted more.  I found a jar of crunchy spear pickles. Yum, I am serious. I love those things. And they are very low in calories. As I was reaching for them, I had this weird flashback to many, many years ago.

When I was younger I had this best friend who was tall and thin. She wanted to be a model. I had lost touch with her for a bit and then reconnected for a hot second. In that hot second I came to find out that she really wanted to be a model. So much so that she only ate pickles. I remember scrunching my nose when I heard that. Sure, us New Yorkers like pickles. But to solely subsist on that is a bit odd. But she was committed to remaining thin and she could fill up her stomach on pickles and not gain weight. I remember thinking that I really loved key lime pie. Yes, that was my first thought. And, there was no way I was going to give up key lime pie for a life of just pickles. I never followed in her footsteps.

Soon after, I lost touch with her again. And, I have yet to reconnect.  Sadly I don’t believe that we ever will. Her name is too common for me to really get any traction finding her with a normal google search.  Maybe I should see if there is a pickles Facebook page that she may be a member of. But as I crunched on my pickles I did wonder as to where she is and for how long she kept to a pickles-only diet.

It is amazing how one little moment of hunger took me so far back in time. As we move through life we have so many people touchpoints and sometimes those are extremely fleeting. I do wonder how many people we touch in life in one way or the other. And what is that cumulative effect?

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  1. Uh oh.. i was always the Teacher and the Student’s Pest in School punching my Hand into the Air At
    Every Question asked.. well for me at Least.. Changing the World.. A SMiLe.. A Dance and even a Word That May count as Song is of paramount purpose for i was raised on Superman and Batman but way too shy to wear tights and bear guns and fists to save the World So as i stood back mostly serving Rental Shoes at a Military Bowling Center as A Government Employee watching the razor thin Election in Florida with Gore and Bush change the course of History i thought to myself if only i could find a way to significantly
    Influence A Coming Generation of Youth to become more liberal in voting ways.. perhaps i could not only change the course of History but perhaps even
    Save the World but i needed a plan a way to do it for Smiling Eyes Behind the Counter Serving Sanitized Rental shoes might not be enough..
    Well.. To make a 6.7 Million Word Poem And 11,101 Mile Public Dance like a Trickster in my Trump State Metro Area in Florida stealthily in
    Plain Sight shorter
    i am
    In Advance announcing
    my Public Dance in 67 Months of Doing that along with the long long Poem Documented as such already saved the World in the Future.. hehe.. and hey if A Mild Mannered Shoe Server Behind a Bowling Alley Shoe Counter for a Couple of Decades who Graduated with 3 College Degrees Can Do this When assessed as Permanently Disabled With Bi-Polar And Autism Spectrum Condition too the Challenge is already out for everyone to do it for if someone like me can do it WHY NOT YOU TOO.. the reason i can announce i did this in Public and Trump Lovers not get mad is it is too late for them to
    Stop me now Before the ‘Good Friday April Full Moon’ anyway cause the Task is already done.. ha! They’ve all seen the Dance with no F in Clue what i was up to And Ha! As Far as all these Words Go i am way too big and deep like the Ocean Blue to get to the Bottom of the Story.. the most interesting part of this Story is it is Real and i did it like a Ninja like an Invisible Man Like a Batman Dancer in the Night ‘they’ will never really see for all of
    what i Did but me..
    True Though the 6.7
    Million Word
    The Truth That it
    Happened.. Hehe..
    Saving the World doesn’t
    Have to mean Blood Shed…
    Loving SMiLes.. Dance and Song.. Yes.. Love.. is the only
    That is
    Possible to
    Save the Species of US..
    True.. i really could use
    Some Help already wore
    Out 22 Pairs of Nike Shox
    Shoes and if they wanna
    Name a Shoe after me the proceeds will go to Poor
    Immigrants or perhaps
    Just an incentive to trade
    Money for a Soul….
    On top of that
    Science already
    Shows Moving
    Meditation is
    The Fountain of
    Youth as
    An Avenue
    For A Flowing
    Happy Heaven
    Within that is
    Contagious Like
    A Love Flu too..
    As i Continue to
    Help Produce a
    Generation of Hopers and Lovers Away From Fearers
    And Haters.. ugh.. need some Help in the Deep South Gulf Coast Bible Belt
    Tired of
    Only one
    To Do this
    Feels Like Forever
    Eternally Now Now
    In a Flower State Shaped
    Like a Gun Florida with me Loaded in the PaNHandle Barrel
    Spraying Bullets of
    Loving Dance all over
    This Place of
    HeHe.. For Sure..
    It’s True though i
    Did get some help
    From people who
    Inspired me along
    the Way and did not
    Kick me out of
    Their Blogs or Stores
    as hey.. We already know
    Now That not only are all
    Super Heroes Eccentric..
    So are the Comic Book
    Writers.. Real Or Fiction.. anyway.. the ‘Big Book’ is already out in Electronic Free Publish And Before you are recognized in the coming Movie I’ll make Sure it is Okay With
    And Others
    For them to
    Be Recognized
    In the Movie for
    She (and others) is
    Already a Mysterious
    Inspiring Character Now
    In the ‘Big Book’.. hehe..;)


  2. I was thinking this yesterday, having recently connected with a work colleague from 20 years ago. Then I started thinking about all the little interactions you have each day and how they can be a positive or negative influence – I consciously attempt to be kind even in my transitory encounters, and by the way the people light up, you can tell it makes an impact.


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