Sisyphus the HacK

Fuck the cab.

I remember one time, when I was young, five years old or some shit, I was laying on the TV room’s orange and brown 70’s shag carpet, belly down, arms propping up my head – as usual, for as long as I could ignore the aching in my joints, or before getting up to grab a snack at a commercial, whichever came first.

This one time, at a commercial, I blanked completely out. I didn’t get up. I’d suddenly found myself snapped inside some vacuous dream, as all of my aches, too, fast faded with the blackness. After a time, this dream, of blackness, at once began spooling some vibrant, blood red ribbon down through the void, s l o w l y, from the upper border of my mind’s eye’s frame, with the ribbon’s descent encroaching, ever, into the narrowed “me” that was now this womb-like field of view.

And as I’d become all consumed in this ribbon’s (seemingly unstoppable) descent, without any thought prior, I instinctually willed a pair of scissors into being – you know the kind, steel with the black handles painted on faux – to CUT.


And the ribbon keeps descending.


And the ribbon keeps descending.


And the ribbon keeps descending.





Photo by SacK

Alex Sack

Alex Sack, born 1970, is a taxi driver who grew up in the Washington D.C. suburbs of Maryland. He attended several different colleges and universities around the D.C./Baltimore region as a music major for 4 & 1/2 years before quitting - pre-diploma - to the horror of his father. He tried his hand as a professional musician/songwriter seeing him through travels domiciled in New York City’s East Village, Los Angeles (where he scored a few songs on The Disney Channel's 'Even Stevens') and San Francisco - where he's ultimately put down roots. Alex is a single dad to two boys, currently ages 15 and 17. His post-natal fallback occupation as Operations Assistant at a start-up clean-tech engineering consultancy came to a sudden end with the one-two punch of the owner’s fatal skiing accident in Tahoe and the subsequent downturn in the economy.This - and an acquired nervous twitch to cubicle work - has led to his latest job...

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