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From Bucharest to A Press On My Nose

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“Today is Laughter Day in Bucharest and I am very religious. I am very religious and today, er, is Laughter Day in Bucharest. It must be nice for some of you sitting here watching. Not that I’m very religious, but that it’s Laughter Day. In Bucharest. Where I come from. Well no. I am from Funen…”

Timoteus Walnut turns into the driveway, parks the car and we get out. The garden smells of otter perfume. But it’s Walnut’s right shoe which is the main character in this section. He looks down at it. “Still there.” He turns his foot. “Still there.” The shoe clears it’s throat. “Still there.”

We stand on the cliff looking out over the ocean and the sea is looking back. The shoe is still the main character because now a larger assembly of hobbits have gathered around it. They sing. Walnut sighs. “Still there. Do you want a gin?” I decline. The shoe slips off. I rush after the shoe which darts off through the sand like a small dog. It circles and then returns to its owner. Walnut himself ties the laces. I cuddle him excitedly on his shoulder and he looks at me as if he would say: “The consistency is fabulous. It’s as it should be. The taste is spot on. Like an excellent biscuit. Some more pepper please. Wait. There. That’s enough. “He presses my nose with a finger. “Schtook!”

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Morten Hjerl-Hansen (born 15. June 1973) is a danish blogger born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe. I lived for the first 19 years of my life in a liberal-minded, literary and academic home in North Zealand. My mother is a psychiatrist and my father is a chemical engineer. I have two siblings. Throughout childhood, "I invented near-useless things almost every day" and told my siblings "fairy tales" where they themselves were the protagonists. In 1986, I visited Houston in the United States with my family on a stay that spanned three and a half months. I started programming in 1986 and made approx. 20 major projects until I "lost the ability" in 2018. Student from N. Zahles High School 1992. Ry College 1993. Read theology 1993-1994 in Aarhus. Read philosophy 1995-2000 in Linköping, Lund and Copenhagen. Worked as Java programmer 2000 and 2001. Participated in numerous poetry readings in Copenhagen 2002-2007. Got a psychosis in 2007 "which took about 10 years to recover". Married to Else Andersen in 2010 and resides in Asnaes, Denmark. Father in 2014. Has written The Other Newspaper daily in Danish and English daily since 2013.