Title: Tiger Style

Takeaway: Fruits or flavors.

Seat: Front

Logged: 14 May 16 (Saturday in the AM)


Time: Less than a minute

Replies: 6

Revisions: 5

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You just got back from a place far east where you massage tigers. “It’s not what you think.”

I didn’t know how it could not be what I thought. As much as it spoke for itself it said many different things, all of which I thought about. It sounded so outrageously badass that I decided to leave it there.

You started traveling east when you realized, “There’s nothing free about this country if you can’t free your mind.” Working an IronMind, Captains of Crush Gripper in your right hand, you said, “I’m on my second life.” You switched to the left hand and ran your right through your hair, taking off the red headband that was holding it back. You hadn’t cut your hair in years. “Not since I left the company.” I asked you why you left. You gazed downtown. “I prefer my own company.”

You answered a call before departing and didn’t have time for a proper goodbye. Last thing I heard was, “If they don’t have the cherry, get me the orange.”


Horse » Authorship
Elk » 12:29 PM 14 May 16
Elk » 9:17 AM 14 May 16
Elk » 9:16 AM 14 May 16
Rooster » 9:03 AM 14 May 16

The Thread (6)

 Author's voice in grey. 

  1. Badass is exactly how I’d describe this piece. Good for insight on top of a laugh. This rider is quintessentially something immediately relatable and discernible. The IronMind gripper makes this guy exactly who he is, never mind the absurdly ideal pun going on there.

  2. Love how he switches hands after he tells us he’s switched lives. Love how he takes off the headband holding back the hair he hasn’t cut since he left the company, reminding us how a company – any company – can hold us back. Love the double entendre of “my own company.” Love how human this guy becomes at the end when he’s talking about everyday fruits or simply flavors from childhood.

  3. What often gets me about these riders is the choices they’ve made, the choices they are about to make, and the choices they think they can make. Each rider seems to be their own bubble that’s often on the way to bursting. (There’s something Candide-like in the way they’ve sheltered themselves with their thinkings.)

  4. Insightful, Myna.

  5. the way they’ve sheltered themselves with their thinkings

    The ambiguity in “sheltered” (as either likeable or unlikable, to simplify) provides a nice space for reflection on these characters. I get the sense the narrator would run to their defense as likeable characters in the way Seymour Krim would run to his own defense, despite his own persuasive evidence to the contrary. Like he says, “There’s something beautiful about being an American sucker.”

  6. Definition of a Horsism:

    “Not since I left the company.” I asked you why you left. You gazed downtown. “I prefer my own company.”

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