.. Half of this was written in 2015, while swiping for casual love in Sao Paulo. The other half was written in 2016 while fulfilling clothing orders in a garage for a Nike gear delivery startup we were launching ..
Sao Paulo — March 2015 — Alissa — Tinder — I think I swiped right because her picture was higher definition than the others. In a way it meant quality. And there was something. About her cheeks. 20 year old. A kid. Experimenting. And I felt like a tiger preying on a deer.
6:00 am — New order from Emilio— 1 nike fleece 8” size Medium, 1 Nike dry-fit hypercool size medium, 1 Nike metcon size 10.5, 1 nike no show sock size 10.5 — Colours: Black, black, grey, black. “Hi Emilia. Thank you for your order — our agent on call has confirmed the items. You can expect your very own gym bag at noon today. #byebyegymbag”.
Sao Paulo — March 2015 — Arita — Techno-punk asian girl so urban you would think she was borne out of the very concrete of the city’s buildings. My boyfriend died of cancer, my parents are separated, I have a group called Techno-bump on Facebook with 20,000 people inside. She. Is an unstable isotope. A nuclear reaction in the making. I. Am fine with it. I. am a cloud in the Brazilian sky. And explosions will tickle me at most.
10:00 am — New order from Visha— 1 Nike phenom 2 in 1 shorts size XL, 1 nike dry fit cool size XL, 1 nike pants fleece XL -Really Vishar… You’re ordering half the inventory in a size we don’t have I mean … 1 nike flyknit lunar 3 size 12 — 1 nike no show — Colours: Black, black blue, yellow. “Hi Visha, Thank you for your order — our agent on call has confirmed the items. etc.”
Sao Paulo — March 2015 — Maria — Cocktail party. There’s something strange about this girl. She’s trying to play hard to get but makes it so obvious I’m about to lose interest. I don’t. Not tonight. And I discover she likes mangas and is ticklish after sex.
4:00 pm — New order from Anika — … 1 nike blue Stretch XL, 1 Nike flyknit transform 9,5, Nike bra size 38DD. Wait. 38DD?! I mean. 1 Nike blue tank top size XL. Wait. With the bra?!
Colours: Black, blue, pink, grey. purple, orange, green, marble, earth, fire, oil, metal, iron, sand, rust, dust, mud, wood, water, salt, wave, rave, crave, cray, clay, lay, way. May you find your way to gym Anika. I will deliver your gym clothes Vishar. I will raise the bar for your workouts Emilio.
I will be the guide you cannot see, the dragon of the deep sea, the butterfly that flaps its wings and changes all the things that had been moving to the left until the morning sun, the boiling coffee and the large spacious windows that show the men that walk in the streets kick off the day and raise the grey curtains. Garota! Raise the flag, raise your hands. Dance and shout Garota, this man, this town is going to war. This grey dry-fit tank top is the happiest day of my life. This random Paulista girl is the prophet I will never listen to. This sun is the espresso shot that will heal and hail my heart to war, to dance, to you, to you Garota.