I opened the door
and pushed the vacuum cleaner in.
I wouldn't have to vacuum again for at least a week. That was the rhythm
I had gotten myself into.
What to do until 30. I didn't have a lot of plans
besides vacuuming. Maybe I should've planned further into the future.
I looked down at my phone. I could waste the rest of the time on that. It didn't make me feel good about myself
though, or I wouldn't have used the words "wasting time."
I stared up at the glowing red 29, as if staring hard enough at it could make it go faster. I was willing myself into the future
I startled a bit. Did I drift off? Was I sleeping? Zoning out? Should I open the door? Did I want to stay
where I was?
As I stood there trying to figure out what I wanted to do with myself, the opportunity passed
me by. I could feel myself descending into the depths again. I had allowed 30 to completely escape me.
1 was coming again. I made up my mind
. I opened the door.
The vacuum cleaner was nowhere to be seen. Did I open the wrong door? Sunlight streamed in through the glass windows. Should I go out? It would be a nice change of pace. But what about my vacuum cleaner? Don't I need to find it? What if someone took it? What if I need it again
but hadn't taken the time to find it?
Crap, I missed my chance again
. Other people opened the door from the other side, and walked through.
I didn't remember inviting them. Are they supposed to be here?
Should I ask them to leave? Am I the one who is in the wrong place? Maybe they took my vacuum cleaner!
Whoa, 15 already? I zoned out again! Some of the people had already left. Others were leaving now, only to be replaced by more coming in
I really should be vacuuming again. Shouldn't I? I wasted enough time
Wow, a whole cycle went by and I'd done nothing but live inside my own head
! I'm definitely going out.
I opened the door.
Wait. There it is!
Right where I remember
it!What happened?Did somebody return it?
Should I vacuum while I still have the chance
, and cancel my other plans?
Bing.The number above the door
glowed a nice warm yellow now.
But I was on this side of the door
It would be 29 for me, as long I stayed
on this side.