To: Stacey Marchenkova
Sent: Tuesday 26th, 1999 13:25PM
Subject: RE RE RE RE RE RE RE RE RE Matrix and Election
Also I forgot to mention that I ran into Keith yesterday. Do you remember him? He was the guy that Elsa took home just before we hooked up. It was strange to see him.
Without Keith I’d still be single.
Without Keith I’d be sad and lonely listening to the band Bread and cooking bread
“If a loaf of bread takes a thousand kneeds
Then why do I need you…”
Anyway, there I was, coming out of class yesterday and heading toward the refectory.
As I neared, I saw Keith. He was standing just off from the entrance, near the balcony overlooking the pool and oval.
I started to move toward him.
But he caught a glimpse of my approach.
He ducked behind the refectory door and hid among a few empty tomato stained chip packets and browned apple cores.
Indeed if there was shadow I’m certain Keith would have crouched in it.
I, naturally, hesitated at this point.
Why was Keith hiding from me?
Was it because he finally understood that there was more to the Universe than him? I mean, this would’ve blown his brain and he ceraintly would’ve needed to hide, ponder, eat some chips and catch his breath.
Perhaps he was hiding from me because he was wearing just the bottom half of a large furry animal-like costume-charcter-suit.
Yes, the more I think of it, I suspect he was hiding because of this.
I mean who wouldn’t? No one wants to be seen wearing half a suit. Where’s the magic in that? Where’s the illusion? Where’s the anonymity? Where's the pride?
Anyway, there was our Keith. He had the bottom half of this Koala costume on. Truly exposed.
Actually I have to be honest here - I’m assuming it was a Koala. It might’ve been a cat or rabbit. All I could see was paws and grey fur.
And, now I remember, I presumed it was a Koala because there was this environmental plastic bucket with a sticker of a Koala on it.
So my assumption was warrented.
The bucket was filled with small change resting by the limp, dead top half of the costume.
Indeed the sweaty grey fur actually dangled part way into the bucket like a greedy banker searching for any form of bonus.
Whatever reason, the image was too great not to interrogate. So I continued to wander over.
Me: You’re Keith.
Him: No, I’m a Koala.
Me: Keith the Koala?
Him: No, just a Koala.
Me: Okay, okay, I understand you have an identity to protect.
Me: But you’re only protecting your lower half.
Him: The Important half.
Me: The Important half?
Him: (Sotto) The penis.
Me: I get you.
Him: And so do they--
--said Keith as he pointed toward some female Legal undergraduates as they quickly marched into the refectory.
Me: But deep down you’re Keith, right?
Keith looked around to make sure no one was listening. He whispered:
Him: Sure. Okay. I’m Keith. But don’t tell anyone.
Me: Who am I going to tell?
Him: The Wilderness society.
Me: Why are they dangerous?
Him: They’re the Wilderness Society.
Me: Aren’t they a conservation group?
Me: All about the protection of natural habitat.
Me: Passive and peaceful.
Me: So what’s the problem?
Him: No problem. I’m just Koala #31. Okay?
Me: Not Keith?
Him: No. Not Keith.
At this point there was a lull in the conversation. Keith looked around; making sure no one was watching and started to put on his Koala head back on.
It was saggy foam number where the eyes drooped dipsomaniac-like and the rubber black nose had been picked at by some obsessive charity worker.
Keith then took a breath and picked up his plastic donation bucket. He shook it, rattling the coins inside and started moving into the refectory.
Me: You don’t remember me, do you?
Him: I’m working, now.
Me: I kicked you out of my home.
Him: Can’t you see I’m busy.
Me: I was a little rude.
Keith then stopped. He stared through the bloodhound matted eye holes; rage building.
Him: One minute.He said shaking the bucket. He repeated:
Him: One minute. One dollar. I’m not free, you know.
Me: I have to pay you?
Him: I’m not a cheap whore.
Him: I have my pride.
He said as the back of his costume slipped a little and I got a brief glimpse of his underwear.
Me: Will you hold me after?
Him: No. Why would I do that?
I shrugged in response and took out a dollar from the pocket. I dropped it into his bucket. I hesitiated:
Me: Oh, how will we know when the minute is up?
Him: Just because I’m a Koala doesn’t mean I don’t have a watch. Jesus Christ! Noble-fucking savage syndrome, I tell you.
He said as he lifted his watch too closely to his gouged out eye holes.
Him: So what do you want to talk about?
Him: Who’s Elsa?
Me: The Girl you took home.
Him: I take a lot of girls home.
Me: From the dance party?
Him: Still a blank.
Me: It was only a couple of weeks ago.
Him: Do you know how many I’ve slept with since then?
Me: Koalas or Humans?
Me: Nothing. Look, Keith—
Him: Koala #31—
Me: Koala #31, I just wanted to say thank you.
Him: You’re welcome.
Me: You don’t know what I’m thanking you for, do you?
Him: Being me?
Him: Saving the planet?
Him: Giving you something to aspire to?
Me: No (beat) What do you mean? Aspire?
Him: To be me.
Me: No. I wanted to thank you for Elsa.
Him: Who’s Elsa?
Me: The girl you slept with. See if you hadn’t been there, I would’ve never found her.
Suddenly he turned. I could sense his benevolence snapping.
Him: What do you mean found her?
Me: We’re together now.
Him: You scumbag.
Him: You binbag.
Me: Excuse me.
Him: How dare you you sleep with my girlfriend.
Me: What are you talking about?
Him: I love Elsa.
Me: You didn’t know who she was a minute ago.
Keith then lifted his watch to his face; remembering our transaction.
Him: Times up.
He then hitched up his Koala costume and sauntered into the refectory; calling passionately for donations.
Most ingorned him and soon he’d made his way through and moved onto the Medical building.
So that was my Monday and my second encounter with Keith.
I really hope I see him again. He’s too much fun.
Oh and forgot to answer - next weekend – we have no plans. Do you want to catch up? Couple’s double date, maybe?