Talking to Yourself

You can say almost anything

John Douglas Porter
The Shortform
Published in
1 min readMar 28, 2024

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I stood in line at my bank, looking at my checkbook, and trying to decide how much I could safely withdraw. I needed to buy something with cash. I don’t remember what it was, but I do remember that I didn’t have a lot in my account. I must have been calculating out loud because a woman in front of me turned and asked, “What are you mumbling about?” I answered (irritably, I’m…

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John Douglas Porter
The Shortform

John Porter manages his family’s cattle ranch in California, where he also writes screenplays, essays, and stories.