12:00 a.m.  “La Dolce Vita”

S was sad b/c she wanted a 4-2 & could only buy a 2-1, a BMW & could only buy a Geo. Later S realized this was actually the good life

1:00 a.m.  “His Cocaine Habit”

He drowned in 3”of water when his car veered into a ditch. At his grave pals joked about his coke habit. His mother cried, Why, why?

2:00 a.m.  “Epiphany”

She dialed her favorite station but instead found Dvorak's Quartet No12 Op 96 in Fminor whereupon Kurt Cobain finally died once&forall

3:00 a.m.  “A Pithy Guy”

The tat hurt. So, Josh skipped the O on his heart & the SH on his neck. The J on his arm was plenty. He'd just say he’s a pithy guy

4:00 a.m.  “Proof of Love”

Good w/numbers, bad w/words, P ended up divorced & writing his xwife monthly 5figure checks that arrived promptly on the 5th w/no note

5:00 a.m.  “Winners”

Coach’d rather bench six 7-yr olds & send them home humiliated than lose. That’s how to win championships & build character, he argued

6:00 a.m.  “Jinx”

A man who never planned to settle down met a woman who’d long given up on MrRight. His xgirlfriends were stunned & her mom, relieved

Grateful for their good luck they decided not to jinx it by marrying. This confirmed his xgirlfriends' assumptions & upset her mom

7:00 a.m.  “53 Emails”

He’d never received so many emails in 1 day. 53. From all over. Even 4 from Nigeria. B didn't know what a spam was yet but he’d learn

8:00 a.m.  “The Bad Dog”

“Bad dog! Mommie said the next time you peed on her carpet she’d take you back to the pound.” & she did. He was gassed within the week

9:00 a.m.  “Thrill of the Risk”

D cashed his last paycheck, headed to coffee w/other retirees, bought 461 scratch games instead & sat in the lot thrilling in the risk

10:00 a.m.  “Six Cool Guys”

6coolguys cruise in a stolen Jag. They stop for burgers. All’s fine till a squad car pulls up. At that point they become 6verymeanguys

11:00 a.m.  “Trish”

Pick you up at 9, her mom called driving away. Trish beelined to the Apple Store. Salesguys ignored her as she did homework on a demo

12:00 p.m.  LTR

CU LTR was more final a message than he meant to text her as his car rammed head on into the tree

13:00 p.m.  “Canned in the 3rd

W/no projects or trips, B spent time playing pirated computer games. He was canned in the 3rd round just as the company went belly up

14:00 p.m.  “What Really Matters”

Reeking garlic, M knew he should brush his teeth but slid over instead to the sleeping woman. She awoke & he lost his train of thought

15:00 p.m.  “Luddite”

L thought Smashing Pumpkins was a prank for Oct.  W/no PC or iPod she was a luddite to her pals. So what? They didn't have her debt

16:00 p.m.  “Allusionary Love”

“Before you hang up, Benjamin, there’s just 1 thing I want you to consider.” “Yes?” he asked.

“Plastics!” She exclaimed

“Gee, Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?” 

She cooed back, “G’night, Honey, see you tomorrow”

Her husband answered, “Don't forget to tell Elaine I said hello.”

She giggled, “May the force NOT be with you, Dear.” & hung up

17:00 p.m.  “Silver Fish”

Wasn't the 1 that tailgated but the1 w/the silver fish icon that cut her off that inspired J to flip off her 1st driver that day

18:00 p.m.  “Priorities”

No rain. Poured all weekend ruining the hike on Sat. & biking on Sun. But today, sunshine. He called in sick & rolled back over

19:00 p.m.  “A Perfect Couple”

They fought about jazz, capital punishment, the President. . . but the barista who watched them daily thought, A Perfect Couple

20:00 p.m.  “Good Neighbors”

Good neighbors, the letter stated, top trees so that we above you can have a view of the river. She gazed wistfully at her 40’ pine

21:00 p.m. “Samson”

Samson lived w/E 6 mos. before E found his owner--folks who admitted they didn’t want the cat & gave it to s’one else out of spite

22:00 p.m.  “Revenge”

M spent the next day calling back groups that had interrupted his dinner. He left the phone off the hook after they answered the phone

23:00 p.m.  “Partners”

They weren’t girlfriends, they were partners.  But how to get her family to appreciate this nuance was another story.

The 24-Hr. Micro-Elit Project Schedule

by Dene Grigar

From 12:00 a.m. till 11 p.m. PST on Friday, August 21, 2009