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  • Rationally, he knows the universe he occupies has an X, Y, and a Z axis, fully three dimensional at a minimum. Down to the crease in his jacket, the knot in his silk tie, the precision of his wristwatch, he existed in a world of coordinates. Life could be charted according to the equation:

    y = 5x / 2 + 11

    This was simple algebra, and actually the slope of that mapped equation had increased in the last three years.

    It was only this grey, somber, milktoast morning, after leaving a key part of the accepted formula depart south, that he might have sensed the equation was wrong. Should have.

    If he paid attention to his own inner questioning quagmire of non-linear functions likely existing in a space of non-Euclidean geometry, he might have trashed the simpler lines a long time ago. What do you do in a space where you must accept that parallel lines might intersect? Or more appropriately, in an inverted space where intersecting lines never cross paths? How do you apply rules that seem to contradict all that is known?

    And now he discovers himself limited to the X- Y plane, not a chance of a Z translation to be found. His map won't work, his sense of the world is thrown to the wolves. What can he do but wiggle down the X axis, and see if there is any chance of getting off of that plane.

    Despite all of this, he was determined to believe in his space of three dimensions. He had no idea what had flattened, or that he had actually volunteered for these two dimensions.

    In a flat world, someone might hear you scream... but they likely will not do crap to help you.

    I am using Cowbird to share the story of a 15,000 mile road odyssey I took in 2011, which started with me quitting my job in March and setting out in June for a loop around the US and Canada. It's less of a day by day narrative and more of an attempt to tell a story of the story, with some amounts of imagined bits that emerge on looking at the media from the trip, including the more than 1400 images, videos, and audio files collected in my digital time capsule, the Storybox.
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