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when reality slips a cog... (Read 2302 times)
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when reality slips a cog...
23. May 2006 at 04:12
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I had a moment today where I just barely glanced at something, and my brain must've sorta filled in the blanks in its own unique way, resulting in a really weird sensation.

I was walking out of my corner supermarket and my eye glanced at the free periodicals rack. I just glanced at it, and was heading out the door when I realized a magazine's title that I'd seen had read "Subterranean Parent".

Once the title had sunk in, I just had this momentarily surreal moment where I wondered if I'd accidentally wandered into the doppelganger world to my little town -- perhaps the hollow earth sister city to my town.

Do you remember reading the part of Jeter's Infernal Devices, where he describes the little church where they traded out the hymnals for The Complete Angler, in order to give the fish people the pip?  THAT's how I felt for a brief moment!

"Subterranean Parent"?!? Do underground parents or parents of underground denizens have unique worries?

Anyway, I ran back to the rack and the title read "Suburban Parent", which makes more sense for the reality I normally inhabit. This is obviously some sort of indicator of what's residing in my subconscious. Not the usual Freudian slip for me, I guess. No, sir! My slips have to be bizarre, I guess.

Has anyone else had a moment when their reality slipped a cog in a very Blaylockian way?
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Reply #1 - 23. May 2006 at 18:50
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I was walking down the street in Ann Arbor, Michigan, talking to a friend on my cell phone. As I walked and talked, I was just sort of distractedly looking around at the shops and restaurants. Something caught my eye at the top of one building, but it didn't register immediately. I took at least a dozen more steps before it sank in. I had a brief moment of short-circuiting as my brain slowly processed what I saw.

In this case, however, I really did see what I though I saw:



Not really that big a deal, but it's definately Blaylockian.  I had to go back to my car for my camera, climb the parking ramp across the street, and snap some pictures. It's not often you get to see Humpty Dumpty staring down at you.

Incidentally, Bill Schafer over at Sub. Press IS, in fact, a Subterranean Parent Wink

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