Oh, fierce terror recessed deep under the fat.
Oh, fang'd and claw'd with sharp pointy things, you stalk the apartment on semi silent paws...
The food bowl cowers and trembles at your stealthy approach, for it knows it's fate is at hand.
Yea, let the squirrel approach the balcony with no trepidation at all, for it knows that lurking inside the glass door you are there.
So, come oh squirrel, come dine on the bulbs I planted in happier times. Dine and revel.
I hasten to open the door, placing death on four legs out, out onto the balcony to revenge me!
You mew piteously, the squirrel snacks on.
I let you back in. The thief chortles and stuffs it's face.
Saturday, December 18, 2004
Friday, December 17, 2004
His name is Simon Winchester.
His books are divine. I'm in love.
Simon Winchester (who can be found at http://www.simonwinchester.com/ ) has written some gorgeous, intelligent books about...well, anything that happens to interest him.
I was introduced to "The Professor and The Madman" some where along the line, (perhaps...divine providence?) and I've become a decided fan of his ability to turn what could be, potentially, a dull piece of informational history, into a real story with living breathing people who matter to me.
People who have in fact, made my life considerably better because they existed. (read the "Professor and the Madman" and you'll see what I mean, not to mention, "The Meaning of Everything.")
Currently I'm delving into "Krakatoa". Wow. I'm on page 29 only, and already I'm inspired to post a 'rah rah rah' to Mr. Winchester mid chapter.
Who knew a book about a volcano explosion over 120 years ago would hold my interest so raptly? Alright, it's true I'M A NERD!!
He writes so well that one forgets they are learning, and instead the tale becomes the thing.
Like Carl Sagan and Joseph Campbell before him, Simon Winchester shows a fascination and delight in what he writes about, and for those of you who rejoice in that, I really can't recommend him high enough.
Start with "The Professor and the Madman", that ought to get you hooked!
Thursday, December 09, 2004
It was an innocent enough mistake. There was a discussion in the office about what books we were reading.
I erred. I mentioned a book on quantum physics.
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
What fascinating things dreams are. In this amazing time of space exploration and genome mapping, we are still held completely captive by dreams.
No science has ever fully determined what a dream is, or why they occur. And yet despite our ignorance, they continue to happen to all of us every single night of our lives.
And how is it that not everyone dreams in the same manner?
Monday, November 22, 2004
The local dump, where most of the bears have been gorging on garbage for generations and teaching there offspring the same, has recently been fenced off from the outside world. The bears, of course, find this incredibly frustrating, and have taken to raiding the neighborhoods and gardens of the locals.
Bears have been sighted sleeping IN dumpsters (presumably waiting on the next seating for dinner), resting on porches eating apples, demolishing garbage cans that unwary residents leave out and in general, making a mess.
This includes leaving evidence of their dinners in the form of large droppings down the main street and sidewalks of the town.
In fact, they've also plowed through my fathers fence and hedge in an effort to get at the fruit trees in the neighboring yard (I guess their entrance wasn't inviting enough!)
So now that the bears are considered 'nuisance' bears, and 'problem' bears, there's only one thing left to be done of course..SHOOT THEM ALL!
Oh yes, the wise people in charge have slaughtered almost 20 bears at last count. And now the townsfolk can sleep well, and the trees can bear fruit in safety.
They closed the dump because it was felt that the garbage wasn't very good for the bears.
I guess they were right.
Monday, November 15, 2004
....ummmm, okay, here it goes....
I have many things to say about smokers. Having vacillated between being a NON-smoker for almost 5 months now, and being (horrors) a 'smoker' (read in the sneer), I feel required, nay...obligated, to say something.
"Oh, Horrors" indeed.
I can't think of any other singularly devious addiction than smoking.
For instance. Cigarette butts. Strewn EVERYWHERE!
I USED TO STREW THEM EVERYWHERE! What was I thinking!!??!!!
UGH! And I didn't see fit to strew them just where I live, uh uh...no way, I tossed them all over Europe too! (and I offer humble apologies for it...in fact, if anyone wants to pay for me to go back and pick them up, I'd gladly...eh?...you're not going to pay for it? Rats.)
And far beyond the detrius I cast about, what about my LUNGS...and my FRIENDS lungs!!??
Sigh. You see. It's devious. It takes an otherwise intelligent, caring individual (I am referring to myself here) and turns them into a raving, littering thoughtless beast. (still referring to me...)
But I got better!
So that's my rant on smoking. I offer sincere condolences and multitudes of thanks to my friends and family members who managed to see me through the cloud of smoke I walked around in.
(p.s. November 24 is my 5 month mark. Yay me!)
Saturday, November 06, 2004
Now, I don't believe there is a omnipotent being who hands out our fates...so it is by sheer dumb luck that my other friends lead happy contented lives?
No, that can't be it...I know very well that they have all worked, and continue to work (very hard, I might add) to have what they do.
So why joy for some and pain for others? Where's the rhyme? The reason?
It's an old question, I suppose. And I realize it has no answer.
Thus, I sit in my little apartment, sipping some red wine, listening to some old jazz...rolling my eyes as my cat snores (yes, he IS snoring) under my old and shaky coffee table, while I turn the pages of the book I'm reading and am extrordinarily glad that I have this to enjoy. For now.
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
I told you.
Now we're all doomed.
AND, (my apologies to the Americans who DID NOT vote for Doubleyuh) it just proves that we are standing beside a country that believes in it's fear-mongering, mentally-disadvantaged, paranoid president.
We are all in big trouble, but none will suffer more that 'Merica itself...and she's gonna take the rest of us out with 'er.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Don't ask me why I would harbour such trecherous thoughts, but I do, and folks, we're all in trouble if I'm right.
I honestly believe that once he's done as much damage as he can in the parts of the world that he's obliterating, it won't be long till he turns his baleful gaze our way.
After all, we're a successful (okay, there's room for argument there) nation. Pretty content as far as all things go, but we didn't back Doubleyuh.
We left him to go forth on his own to wage war, I foresee revenge on his mind.
I hope not. But he's a paranoid president and he's not very clever.
Thus, the title. Now I have to find something to be happy about!
I don't think I'll be happy that this morning some 'recently moved in neighbours' left all of their SODDEN cardboard boxes lying in my cars path when I tried to get to work this morning.
In retrospect, I suppose I can be happy that it wasn't raining as I stood outside trying to move all the wet boxes that ripped apart when I touched them, scattering the garbage contents around, out of my way so I could get to work.
Gee, yeah. I think I'll be happy about that.
I suppose I COULD be happy that I have a job to go to, whilst so many are unemployed.
I would be happier being independently wealthy, so I guess there are levels of happiness.
On a scale of 1 to 10 I'm a '4 happy' having a job.
On a scale of 1 to 10 I'm a '10 happy' I don't have a job working out in the rain.
I guess it IS all relative.
Okay, I'm happy with the possibility of being HAPPIER! ok universe, I'm ready!
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Oh, it's AMAZING how a free anything can inspire realms of creativity...
For instance, I would have never envisioned myself 'blogging' away before 10 minutes ago, but give me something free and I'm ALL over it!
Suddenly I so excited about posting my thoughts for all my friends to see...I certainly hope that they are found to be amusing and fun filled! (my thoughts, I mean.. not my friends...I mean, they are already amusing and fun filled...oh never mind!)
My hats off to Kim for being so much more computer savvy than I, and of course, more interesting...I'll work up to it!