Stranger Log – Test Day

Current mood: Diggable
Have a friendly conversation with a random stranger every day. It’s an apple a day for the city.


A woman with bio-chem flash cards on the M train headed to SFstate. Her long legs were crossed. They ended in black suede shoes with a single strap and chunky heels. They were embroidered with a subtle floral vine, dark green and black. She had on a matching dress and her dark hair was up in the perfectly careless yet sexy bun of a woman studying. She had an intent face that looked like it would pounce on you with loveliness if she smiled.
“Are you studying for a test?” I asked her.
“Yeah at 11 o’clock.”
“Hey, that’s any second now.”
We talked about her test and how I recognized the flash cards because of my sisters bio-chem studies; polygons with chemical monograms on them NaCl, O2, – connected by short parallel lines. She is interested in bioremediation.
“What’s that?”
“Well, like when there’s an oil spill, bioremediation is finding chemical compounds that can break down the crude oil.”
“So it becomes biodegradable?”
“Yeah! she smiled. It pounced.
“That’s cool. It’s retaining a biochemical equilibrium in nature.”
“Close enough, totally.”
We crossed the street onto the campus.
“Good luck on your test.”
“Thank you. Bye.”


About Suhail Rafidi

Suhail Rafidi is a novelist and educator whose works explore the destiny of human values in a technological landscape. You can find him on Twitter, too, @shelldive.
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