sun 12 aug 2007 19:35:02 raamgracht
the man who says ow
somewhere across the zanddwarsstraat from me, there lives a man who says "ow". it only happens once in a while, not more than monthly, but then it can go on for hours. it sounds as if he's hurting himself -- not bad enough to scream, but bad enough to complain. or someone else is hurting him. but when i hear him say "ow" i never hear anybody else around. so either it's a solo pain thing, or the inflictor is very very quiet.
this evening he has been more than usually vociferous about it, calling out "ow, ow-ow-ow, owwww!" that's why i bring it up.
i think he lives three-high opposite my kitchen, but it's hard to tell where the sound is coming from because it bounces around a narrow street. i wonder if he knows that in summer with the windows open, i am listening to him saying "ow" here at my desk, or while i'm watching tv. and i wonder what my other neighbors think of the man who says "ow".
i'm also trying to imagine what the hell he's doing to himself over there, that makes him say "ow" so much. maybe instead of shaving he extracts his entire beard with a pair of tweezers. or maybe he is into masturbating with sandpaper.
in ieder geval, i hope he's into pain.