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Candy Afternoons Part one

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Candy Afternoons Part one

Ya know….
I’m not here to play video games with my neighbor...to build another world on some 
other plane of existence...I want to be engaged by more tangible realities that 
fester inside the scope of society… not to fiddle in some artificial plot that seems 
just like them…. And I’m not here to go to the casino with co-workers …I’m not 
looking to screw with survival just to feel the depth of hope….just to get high off the 
shock of joy…. hope is a positive outlet for patience…not in the dangerous 
anticipation of hedonistic change…. Oh and the surprise of joy….warning…it will be 
taken away from you if you use it like a drug …cause then it’s something you have 
to abstain from in order to overcome addiction… I’m not here to gamble away what 
I’m allowed to feel…And I’m not here to go drinking with acquaintances at the local 
dive bar… I don’t need to change my emotional sensations any more in order to live 
in easier acceptance of the now and what comes with it…
NO, I’m not here to bull crap about bathing suits at your pool parties, or to listen to 
your window shopping adventures…I’m sure the type of blinds you get will look just 
fine…and I’m tired of discussing what vacations you might go on… you do plenty of 
nothing here, I can’t imagine… actually, I don’t want to imagine what types of 
laziness you plan on indulging in… No, I’m not here to check out your gun rack… I’m 
not waiting to talk about moist vagina… I don’t care what color your sunglasses are 
or what type of car you have….
….No… NO, I’m not here just to fill the time with lifestyle pacifiers and lollipops just 
to make the movement of the clock feel good…all your candy afternoons with your 
sugar conversations have you constantly craving sweets …even after you gorge 
yourself with Cadbury and Nestles…
… Yes….it’s another mars bars analogy just to drive home this point that I’ve had all 
the butterfingers I can stand…   Are Almond joys and reece’s all you want out of life? 
…a snickers now leads to a milky way future…. and my spare time… my efforts …my 
results need more sustenance than that… 

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