inalienable right

I wonder if I’ve mentioned to you that my MacBook Pro weighs like 60 pounds. So I don’t really  take much pleasure in carrying it around, but I live such a vagabond life that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for me not to carry it around in spite of all of the objections of my arms and shoulders. Tonight, I was working on a cover letter at a cafe table at this extravagantly immense Whole Foods and after guzzling down a bottle of kombucha … well let’s just say I decided to place my faith in the world and very purposefully left the laptop on the table while I excused myself to “the facility.” And when I returned, I was gently admonished by a Whole Foods employee for leaving a laptop unaccompanied, especially because there are no cameras around to document any thefts that might occur. At first I was a bit miffed because, after all, it is entirely my right to leave things out in the open at risk of theft if I want to. An inalienable right. And maybe I really did want to explore how far my faith/trust could take me. And here he was, almost patronizing me.

But then it hit me that he was not speaking as an employee, but as a concerned human in a community. And I expressed my appreciation. And I meant it.

But I’m not quite so sure about the absence of cameras. My friend L once told me about the time she was passing by the nuts section, and she could not help but grab a few stray cashews that had escaped the bin. Almost immediately, some sort of robot appeared to scold and intimidate her. I have never seen any robots at Whole Foods, but L is the last person I would ever doubt. If you knew her, you would agree.

About The Lost Pedestrian

In my wanderings throughout the moments/days/years, I try in earnest to find the mystical within the mundane and the mundane within the mystical, oftentimes confusing one from the other. I have wandered and roamed through many a city, many a town, in a state of wonder and bewilderment, without necessarily going anywhere. I am easily lost, but eventually found. (I am guessing you have just found me). My sincere hope is that you will find Something in this warehouse of thought, memory and false memory, words, numbers, tangents, murmurs, echoes (lots and lots of echoes), voices, dreams, and other paraphernalia.
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