and my mother had a nice umbrella and looked beautiful and funny in the rain…

right now I think my car can use a good wax
job.   and some day I’d like to go to Madrid.
and like many people I tried suicide once and
failed.   no, I tried twice and failed, and I
also saved one man and one woman from suicide.
it’s almost boring isn’t it?:   how we go about
doing these things and then forget them and
sit in a chair, eating an apple and reading a
newspaper, or taking a bath and washing under
the armpits.

Charles Bukowski
Original manuscript
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