'Event Boundary' Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an 'event boundary' in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away.
'Twisting and turning to The Specials like a flickering flame' The Specials are a British reggae and ska band formed in 1977. They are best known for the tracks Ghost Town, Nite Klub and a cover version of A Message to You Ruby.
Aokigahara forest is known in Japanese folklore as the ‘Sea of Trees’ but more often referred to by westerners as the ‘Suicide Forest.’ While the use of this forest for the purpose of suicide is real, the Japanese dislike this term and a sore spot to refer to it as such. The site's popularity for suicide has been attributed to Seichō Matsumoto's 1961 novel Nami no Tō (Tower of Waves). The book centers on a young woman who is stuck in a scandalous love affair until she decides to venture into the forest to take her own life.
'Leeward Shore' The shore that receives wind blowing in from the sea is the leeward shore. Alternatively, if the wind is blowing from inland out to sea, that is known as the weather shore.
‘Traverse’ to move or pass through.
‘We need to get back to Camden Yard’ This is actually a reference to Camden Town in North London but the word town was swapped out for the flow of the piece.
'light up the speedometer like the California Richter scale' The Richter scale is a scale of numbers used to tell the power of earthquakes. California has a particularly high rate of earthquakes.
FOUR LETTER WORD FOR "LOSS OF OXYGEN"
After a couple weeks in a whirlwind romance, we hastily booked a holiday for the two of us together. I worried it was too soon to be alone overseas with what was only a few degrees removed from a stranger but when we got there, I quickly realized that was the least of my worries.
The firefighting term, 'flashover', is an ignition of fire spreading near-simultaneously and with great heat, engulfing an entire room.
This piece was written while in New York (pre-pandemic) with the idea that no matter how isolated we are, physically or mentally, every one of us are still part of something much bigger than ourselves - in an existential way, I suppose.
'Muddy Waters once again pours his emotions from the pressed vinyl' Muddy Waters was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician who was an important figure in the post-war blues scene. He's often cited as the father of modern Chicago blues.
'Sweet Valley High' was a series of young adult novels that ran from 1983 into the early millennium. They chronicled the lives of identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, who live in the fictional Sweet Valley, California. The twins and their friends attend Sweet Valley High.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
New York City, New York
Baie Longue, Sint Maarten (Saint Martin)
Route 66, Pennsylvania
Jacó, Costa Rica
Mount Fuji, Japan
Yellow Island, Saint Martin (Sint Maarten)
Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia