Mr. Crutcher, I like The Idea Cave: Cannot be clumb into, must be relaxated into. An easy breath, a drift-off into uncharted country, a determined lack of insight, waiting for the Godot of synapse sailing. Afloat in a soup of ideas that may or may not be directly related to the question ------ so she's broke, hungry, cold, on the streets of San Francisco, wishing she hadn't hitched here, wishing she wasn't so damn mad at her mom and dad, wishing she had a friend with a penthouse apartment and a craving for sushi ... what's she gonta do? (If Mr. Crutcher can use gone with scarcely a raised eyeliner, gonta seems fair.)
I have vowed that I will not make her do something to serve my sense of plot. So I have to watch her. Feel how chilly it is when the wind off the bay caroms down the skyscraper walls and bounces off the sidewalk up the sleeves and into the neckline of her coat that is really just a heavy flannel shirt. I'm guessing she thought it would androgenize her, camouflage her attractiveness. And why hadn't she thought to pull some serious money out of her checking account, cash money, so she wouldn't be flashing a debit card like a lost kid on a field trip?
Well she can't stand on the corner of Taylor and Ellis waiting for the sun to sink under the ocean. So ... what's around here? I know. Glide Memorial Chuch. I've sung and danced in those aisles in the seventies. But does she know? I don't think so. A smart, seventeen year-old junior volleyball player from Yreka three hundred miles north up highway 5 ... nope, I don't see her realizing the valuable resource she's standing right beside. So? I see her start looking up and down the street for someone she thinks she can trust. Hard to tell. So she scans the buildings for stores and restaurants that might have a staff person she could relate to. Hard apples, I'm thinking, and I'm betting things may get worse.
The good thing about the Idea Cave is that though it can be dark, dank, and rank with old animal scat, it is absolutely brimming full of ideas, thoughts, memories, things we've read, things we've learned, things people have told us, pictures, movies, tee shirt sayings, flotsam and jetsam from our entire life just waiting for a good open question to play around with.
Face it, our relaxed brain is a goofball chock full of connections and associations it's never thought of before. Hoo baby. Ask it to look at a situation, take a comfortable breath, lean back, drop your agenda like a hot marmot, and enjoy the ride. Or so I'm thinking. Yourn, Mr. PriceWeakly