After proofreading this book, I wanted to test out the claim that anyone can create SEs. So, I decided to pick a random noun to be the center of the SEs, Australia. I have never been to Australia, I have a very limited knowledge of the country, and I know no one from there. This seemed to be the perfect random noun to test the book’s claim. Within a day, however, Australia was everywhere in my life. I met someone from Australia on BART when coming back home from the East Bay. He was a young man with dirty blond hair and he was wearing baggy cargo shorts. There was nothing on him to indicate he was from Australia and if our conversation hadn’t shifted to where we each were from, I would never have found out. When I got off BART, I picked up a stuffed koala a child had dropped on the street by Daily City Bart Station. Later, I found the child who owned the koala by the 28 Bus Stop with her mother (who was wearing a Safari hat). While doing laundry, Pandora (which I had set on the Sara Bareilles station) played a song by a singer I have never heard about, Kylie Minogue. She is from Australia. By now these SEs were getting out of hand, so I went to the gym thinking that there will be absolutely nothing Australia related in a YMCA. I was wrong. My favorite magazines were missing from the stack they leave for stationary aerobic training. In there place was Cat Fancy, the New Yorker, and Women’s Health. Not knowing that the last one was from Australia, I picked it up and started on the stationary bike. It took 3 pages to see that it was from Australia! Then the news was on the flat screens and a reported was showing how Australians celebrate the holiday season…
By the end of the day, I was convinced that I could create SEs, but also that if I was not careful, they will become rampant. I had to learn to ignore the Australia SEs around.
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