The washing machine launders me on a weekly rotation. This only costs a dollar-fifty. To be clean only requires six quarters. No more, no less. This is chump change.
Sometimes as I spin, I look out through the frosty,
bubble-obscured glass. Sometimes, I see your face. Usually, it is just my own
I keep my phone in a waterproof case. It works most of the
time, but I do need to upgrade more than most people, usually before my
contracts expire. That is not chump change.
Sometimes people ask why I do this. I shrug my shoulders and
check the settings on my oxygen tank. I take my mouth off of the mouthpiece as
if I might speak, but I only spit into my facemask and rub my saliva around to
prevent it from fogging up. I like to be able to see as I spin.
Once the manager came out and stopped the machine. He asked
me what the hell I was doing. I told him. He asked why. I told him. The manager
nodded sadly, told me it didn’t matter much to him as long as I was a paying
customer, and asked that, from now on, I use a large quilt or something and
wrap it around my oxygen tank to keep from banging up his machines. That
didn’t seem like too much to ask. I agreed. I always wrap my tank in the same
blanket. It has a Holly Hobbie pattern on it. It used to belong to my sister.
This is fitting.
So I spin and I spin. I go nowhere, but at least I get to
travel. And compared to airline tickets, compared to drugs, even compared to
beer or malt liquor, this is chump change.
And as I spin, I think.
And the world spins on with or without me.
And with or without you, I spin on.
And that makes it worth every damn penny.