Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Little post





It's been a funny day. One of those days when the air seems charged. And words turn into witticisms as they tumble out, carelessly brilliant. You're positively charming. Your cigarettes light first try. And handsome, expensive-looking men swing around as you pass. One of those days that don't happen enough.

This evening I visited a potential apartment. It's just two blocks from my work, on the oldest street in the city. It's beautiful and gothic, with a heavy quiet and regality to it.

The man who lives there is an actor. He's generically handsome, squints slightly as he talks,a nervous laugh, and a height of perhaps 4ft. He's the first and only little person I've met. His dwarfism is the apartment's biggest selling point. I've always had a fascination with miniature things, and miniature people, and now I have the chance to have my very own.

But.But.

Yes the entrance, lift and vast rooftop are gorgeous, opulent. But the apartment itself is like something from House and Garden, modern bachelor feature.It's immaculate, with all the gadgets. The decor is conservatively zany, clean. Trendy in the worst way and utterly unimaginative. The body corporate seem to have a lot of rules. I don't like rules. Every apartment is mandatorily owner-occupied. Residents are prohibited from working in the sex industry- even as exotic dancers!! (Somehow that fact slipped into conversation about past flatmates). No smoking. No pets.

No pets.

The odd thing was, as the little resident showed me around, he proudly informed me that there was not a single Asian living in the 25 apartments of the building. Every potential owner must meet with the board and be screened before being permitted to buy in. Yes, there are a lot of Asians in this city now, and at times it feels a little overrun, but as a little person, one would assume he'd experienced a lot of discrimination growing up, and would take no pleasure in it himself. Not so.

It's a strange world.

My kitten and I will find another home.

37 Comments:

Blogger Michelle's Spell said...

Hey Tui,

That is strange! How odd that he would be so happy about something like that. And no room for your kitty friend? No way!

7:09 PM  
Blogger rX said...

some people are so narrow-mided aren't they?
Those immaculate, techy, gadgety apartments scare me- I always feel like I'm going to break something!
anyway, good luck in the apartment hunt! =D

2:31 PM  
Blogger Erik Donald France said...

Brilliant!

There's always the gift of Werner Herzog's Even Dwarfs Started Small to give the dude ;->

Might get him to thinking.

12:18 AM  
Blogger dharmabum said...

Plus a copy of rant By Chuck whatever his name is.

http://www.randomhouse.com/doubleday/palahniuk/rant/

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad you couldn't sneak in on little cat's feet.--carl sandberg

10:05 PM  
Anonymous mary said...

The world at hand and felines everywhere oh yes and Asians too..approve of your disapproval.

Big People - 1
Little people - 0

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where ya been ms. tui
yours,
anonymous

3:11 PM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

Hey friend, thought I'd check in. I just got a new kitten along with my 19 year old cat, 2 birds and 2 gerbils. I guess I can't move into that building either.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone-

I'm really sorry to have to deliver this messgae, but my dear cousin Tui passed away on July 23. The details are not important at this moment; please just send your love to our family during this time of grief.

Sincerely
Richard Cyr
Aukland

4:30 PM  
Blogger dharmabum said...

cmon,
am i the only one to doubt this?? I can be rude because i am a fucking rude american. I spent 4 hours looking through obits.

I dont beleive it.

shaun

1:48 AM  
Blogger dharmabum said...

if i am wrong i apologize to the family, but to be honest it it just words right now, i have another big hole to fill in and forget aboutl;

1:54 AM  
Anonymous southernbelle said...

I sincerely hope this isn't true, but if it is....then of course I'll keep you and your family in my prayers.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

see u in my dreams tonite.

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no. NO!

I am so so sorry.

She is loved and
I will miss her greatly.

12:58 AM  
Blogger mark said...

Oh my.
Does anyone have any news?

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Current news is that she is in fact alive and the poster is full of shit - I read this from someone who knows her and lives in NZ. The fuckhead that wrote that should be in traction in a really shitty hospital - anyone??

Hope yer ok Tui - cs

5:40 PM  
Anonymous claudette said...

There are some people in Canada who are really worried and care deeply about Tui.

It's hard to find out "news" from a blog because...who can you believe?

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tui! So I hear you're alive! Get ahold of me - I fucking miss you kid.

-Chad

10:08 PM  
Blogger ToyMachine said...

Yeh, hey there please give us a heads up on this.

Don't know what to think, they say you are ok.

Please let us know.


As for the above poster claiming to be cousin, why don't you step up. If it's true you're lyin', it's over for you, there ain't no hole deep enough.

11:16 PM  
Anonymous southernbelle said...

TUI!!! So we hear you're still kickin'. Thank God! And your so-called cousin? Thanks a lot asshole, you got a LOT of people worried. Happy now? Karma's a bitch dude, and you're gonna find out soon enough.

8:03 AM  
Anonymous southernbelle said...

TUI!!! So we hear you're still kickin'. Thank God! And your so-called cousin? Thanks a lot asshole, you got a LOT of people worried. Happy now? Karma's a bitch dude, and you're gonna find out soon enough.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous claudette said...

cs...where did you read that someone in New Zealand who hangs out with Tui has seen her recently?

Is this a friend of yours?

Could you give us more information?

It would be greatly appreciated. Tui is not returning personal emails....which may be nothing...maybe she's busy. But I need more info. Some of her former roommates and friends in Halifax are also worried.

Thank-you!

claudette

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Claudette: It was posted on a forum she used to frequent, the poster is a friend of hers and talked to a few people that know her personally. He's a long time poster on our board and I trust his word more than "Richard's" at this point, although it's hard to be certain until she pops up or someone hears her voice; which I really hope happens soon..

-cs

10:54 AM  
Blogger dharmabum said...

Personally I do not believe anyone who knows how important all of you ARE to her and her blog would post one anon notice of her death and nothing else, sorry just ain't feeling that shit. Again to her family -if i am wrong- i am allowed since i am a junkie rude ass american, i am not sorry, but if this is true, i am disappointed in the lack of compassion for her friends, because there are people who do use this medium for connection to people like Tui, special people who are hard to find in todays world.

That being said, it has too be either rather horrible or she is in rehab, or has found a comfortable place to hole up, read books and eat ice cream by the bucket. That being said motherfuckit.......besides she would find a way to blog from the other side...

shaun

9:39 PM  
Blogger tui said...

I'm very alive.

Sorry I haven't checked this blog in so long, just been very busy with work, and I don't like to access it from the office.

I finally moved, yesterday, and will get the internet pronto, so you'll hear properly from me soon. Please don't worry about me. I'm doing fine. Not even using. At all.

:)

Thanks for your concern and love.
Tui

10:16 PM  
Blogger tui said...

And please... even if I were to die, don't leave my fucking name all over the comments, some things are anon for a reason.
t

10:20 PM  
Blogger dharmabum said...

Now you know everyone knows your name is Bobby Jo Smith from North Dakota. Or was it Gretchen?? As long as it ain't Zed, "Cause Zed's Dead" I will western union you $100 american if Tui can tell me the name of that movie.

Glad your above ground.....you know my email i guess.

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on the clean time and glad you're still with us; there's a little digital community of friends out there that was really worried about you, and would love to string "Richard" up by his fucking richard..

Stop by and say hi sometime..
-cs

2:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello sweetheart.... on behalf of Opiophile, we are happy to see such a beautiful flower is still blooming; That your still hear for all of us who enjoy reading your poetically twisted and tatted prose on both your blog, and the site. After all, who would kitty have followed on the beach, leaving HIS footprints beside your own... humm, that reminds me of another story I once heard....

On a more personal note, It is a shame anyone would be so foolish to cause such worry on your behalf. I hope is wasn't a weirdo ex-roommate? I hope you settle in well, that you enjoy your new surroundings and I am proud of your clean time. Great job woman!
Much love
AntigoneMuse
and
Opiophile

3:14 AM  
Blogger rX said...

There were lots of people worried, but we're all glad you're still there: alive and kicking. Well done on 'clean time' and write more soon!! we miss your writing x

8:23 PM  
Blogger Mary deB said...

I'm glad to hear you are okay and I look forward to your next post!

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats from pulp fiction...you can find out how to send me the money on opi...

-5

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this whole thing made me realize how much i miss you and how we should keep in touch better!
(im glad i can now read your blog and hear about your life lady)
love love
sio xox

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Joey said...

So, so happy for/proud of you Tui. So many of us have learned to expect the worst, and you get up, go out, and do the best.

Cheers.

12:52 AM  
Blogger Miss Anderson. 30 years young. said...

wow,

that was a horrible experience, I actually felt my stomach lurch. Not happy. I'm so happy it's not true, but annoyed (now, after throwing up) that this comment is not removed, I really care for you Tui, in a deep sisterly way and that was a cunt thing to read.
Please, get rid of it.

I am glad to hear you are not using girl, I hope the months fly by and u realise life is way more precariously beautiful without always being bleakly sick and smelly and dull. Delight in your adrenalin, and baby, I always, always will love you and hold you to your sobriety. You are SO worth it, and you know you won't be happy with yourself if you keep putting off your life and sedating the potential that clearly burns within.

Forever Fondly.
Heroine/girl
xx

p.s delete it! grrr.

12:50 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

It's time for an update, Tui! I love your writing, and I need to see more of it. Also, it would be nice if you would let us know how you are doing :)

♥ Tori

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tui, awesome- you're alive.. glad things are going well for you...

wish you woulda gotten ahold of me.. pssht.

-Synack (Opio)

9:05 PM  

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