I always carry a little notebook with me. I write down dreams, ideas, worries, things to do, music I like and books I want to read.
I also write down what people around me are saying.
I don't have to strain too hard to hear. These days, everyone seems to talk about everything in public. Here are a few recent things I've overheard:
One man at the grocery store, putting his case Corona on the conveyer belt and talking to the guy he's with: "She's not doing 'nothin for my kid with the money I give her. It goes straight to those Asian chicks that are doin' her nails. It's bullshit, man! Straight up bullshit!"
Have you ever been stood up by a date? Here's one man on his cell phone outside the Los Feliz 3: "You're not coming? Why? What are you talking about? What is there to talk about? I don't have anything to talk about. No, I already bought two tickets. Give it away? Oh, and what am I supposed to do, sit and watch the movie by myself? Fine. Fine."
One "friend" to another friend after a third friend got up to go to the ladies room at House of Pies: "She's so ridiculous. What a dumb-ass!"
Hmm. What do you say that other folks are writing down.What do I say that other folks are writing down?