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Current Mood: enlightened
Well kids, after two years of campaign-related news dominating the airwaves, it’s going to be weird to not have it. Two years! I can remember Saturday mornings driving down 19th Ave. and all the candidates being the subject of so much of NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” Every Saturday morning. For two years! And soon there’ll be no Bush. I guess we’ll have to find something else to talk about? This week seemed to fly by, and I’m glad it’s already the weekend again.
I have to mention that I did start that book on death that I mentioned last week. It’s called Staring At The Sun, and it knocked me on my ass. I read it almost cover-to-cover in two days. And I am going to read it all again very shortly, because there is so much to absorb. It’s amazing how much of it struck chords in me. It’s clear how much the fundamental and innate fear of our own mortality works its way into so many facets of our lives. And so much of what has been going on with me the last few months can be tied back to it. Like I said, it knocked me on my ass, and set the tone for my whole week. It has given me a ton to think about. Suffice it to say that I highly recommend it. It’s valuable for everyone, not just those facing their own mortality or the passing of a loved one.
Halloween was quiet. And I had a rainy, white-knuckle drive to and from Palo Alto in a heavy downpour. Had a nice time at New Wave City and saw some friends. But once I picked up that book, as I said, it set the tone for my whole week and weekend. On Sunday afternoon, I went for a walk around the lake. With a lot of new perspectives on my mind, I took extra time to explore the wooded areas I usually just pass by. I came across some unexpected wildlife (which I later looked up and identified). I saw a trio of the very odd ring-necked pheasant, which I at first mistook for a wild turkey. I later came across a banana slug in my path. And the highlight was seeing the strangest caterpillar I’ve ever seen up close. He was trying to make his way across the street, which I couldn’t let him do. After a few minutes of wrangling, I got him safe back into the bushes. This is significant for reasons I will explain in some future blog. But anyway, my point is that it’s astonishing what’s out there when you slow down and just take the time to look. I’ve a lot of lessons left to learn.
On a lighter note, last weekend Super Troopers was on yet again. I think I should just admit to myself that this has become one of my favorite comedies. I’ve only ever seen it on television, but I seriously never get tired of it. I’ve watched it back-to-back and still laughed out loud at parts. In fact, I’m pretty sure I love it.
Ah well, while we’re on the subject of “things that are played ad nauseam on Comedy Central,” the quote of the week comes from Destructor in Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs. I guess you had to be there.
“MY LEG FEELS FUNNY.”