Short Stories & Essays

August 16, 2016

In the summer of 2002, I began a project to search for myself in another world. More specifically, I wanted to find someone who looked identical to me, but shared none of my own DNA, none of my own torment, none of my own hallucinations. I wanted to find a built in friend who shared my face; a face that time had not been kind to, that nature had not blessed, that carried nothing special except the dimple on my left cheek when I, on rare occasions, smiled. It was no easy task. I had no idea how to even begin the search for another me. 

I started by doing what I do best, and created the facade of a website that did not actually do what it claimed to do. It claimed to be a networking site for other Asians around the globe to meet people with similar interests. On the site, people would pay a nominal fee to upload their resume, location, bio, interests and most importantly, their photos so they could connect with other strangers through key word searches. On the backend of the website, I ha...

On the playground were three kids playing in a sandbox. One kid was frail, but kind, his name was Bert. Bert saw the other two kids in the box and decided he wanted to share with them. "Come play with my toys" he said, "there are toys for everyone", he exclaimed. The little girl, Hailey, whose look was cold and whose pigtails were seemingly wound too tight said, "wait a minute Bernt, toys are not for everyone. We have to assess the situation, who can play with these toys? did they earn these toys? We have to have a fair way to distribute the toys, but then changed her mind and said that "All the toys deserve to be played with," but she added, "We just have to find a way to equitably distribute the toys." Then Donny Tremors, the fattest, orangest, meanest boy in the sandbox threw sand at both of them and knocked over their toys. "No one can play with my toys!" he said, "My toys are huge, believe me, they are the best toys, no one has toys like mine and as a matter of fact, I'm going to...

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