February 2nd, 2011

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Dragon Turtle Blues.


("Waterbending Scrolls" by Jeffery Scott.)

I think the ballad of yesterday really began with my shoes. I laced up my Chuck Taylors, stepped outside, walked a couple of meters &...blech. The weather was slushy & gross. "I should walk back & put my boots on," I thought, standing still. Eh, I was already running a couple of minutes behind. I trudged a few more meters & thought to myself, "I really ought to go put my boots on." Next thing you know I found myself at the street corner, & there was no turning back. I had big plans to go to the container store after work; as you might imagine, those were canceled. Jenny went over to Kira & Nino's apartment to see Olivia, but me & my cold feet decided to stay at home rather than trudge out over there. I know, I could have worn my boots then, but I felt somewhat defeated! I had gone out with Matt & Kat for lunch-- we got sushi-- & my shoes had gotten a little slushed then. Just bad decisions haunting me through the day. So yeah, I stayed home & watched television. I'd been catching the first half of Serenity at the gym, lately, but never the end. I got to the point where they were sneaking through Reaver space to Miranda...& then it was time for free weights, or whatever. Last night I finally sat down & watched the last half of it. It was starting to bug me, like seeing the first half of a pair of parentheses (& then...they never close. The worst! So I finished watching it, closed the brackets, the bookends, & I will tell you what-- it holds up. & while I was never very attracted to Morena Baccarin, now that I've seen her with short hair I really am. After that was over, I killed time watching some Avatar: the Last Airbender. I've been sort of glorying in the reflected glow of Sherene & Marie watching it for the first time, so it was on my mind. I watched "The Western Air Temple" just for the line "Hello, Zuko here!" & then followed it up with "The Firebending Masters" & then finishing with "The Ember Island Players" just to get a little metatextual. Jenny came home, but she messed around on the computer while I watched Tosh.0. At this point, Daniel Tosh is beside the point; I watch because it is America's Funniest Home Videos, & ignore the host. The Cold Steel Great Sword video was on the show, which cracked me up, since my circle of friends had already circulated it in a "woah, bad ass & hilarious" vein a long while ago. Because we are DnD nerds. Otherwise, well. I've made a few complaints, lately-- I ordered a used hardcover off Amazon & got a galley instead, & my local post office shovel their sidewalk like huge jerks & it creates a hazard, & I complained about SNL transphobia. Otherwise though, nothing much doing.

force is strong

Forest of Hallways. Always. (12)

Blindspot by Kevin C. Pyle.

The Forbidden Zone!
What lies beyond the highway?
The Fruit of Knowledge!

The map of the woods-- or I should say The Woods-- that is a few pages in, that is what really makes this book. It is a memoir of childhood, a semi-fictionalized account of growing up. I generally don't like "coming of age" stories, but this is short & germane. Have you ever been a kid who was alternatingly belligerent & friendly? Who was gifted but didn't want to do the work? Yeah, I'll bet you have. Did you have huge fantasy romps in the fringe woods where you grew up? Well, I did. The woods-- excuse me, I meant The Woods-- are a big deal. I remember the tree house we built, complete with carpeting on the floor. The weird conflict of pornography-- the older boy's interest, the younger kid's disinterest-- yeah. That rings true. This account doesn't rely on cheap "feel bad" tricks, which sells it. Just a kid, doing kid things, playing soldier. The carefree nihilism of tweens. I remember that. Waiting out being in trouble to go back into the fantasy world of his own creation. I'm a little sad at the ending-- playing army is kid's stuff? I guess I skipped that part, because I'm still playing lets pretend.
wardlock thinking

What Does This Mean?



Yesterday I got a mysterious interoffice envelope with a 1 Subject Notebook & a Jr. Legal Pad. Weird, right? I thought so, & I joked about it, but then promptly forgot that it had happened.





Then today I got two mysterious interoffice envelopes. I can't tell anything frmo the handwriting, but the smaller envelope was first sent to HR, then...well, it is scribbled out, but it almost looks like W KN.



The big envelope had some plastic kitchen knives in it; three, to be exact...



...& a bottle with lots of things taped to it. It is a sort of "daubbing" bottle, & it has a package of iodized salt inside, along with a horoscope for Aries-- meaning they know my birthday-- that reads:

♈ Aries March 21 - April 19. Get out,
mingle and be friendly to folks from
all walks of life. There is a new ac-
quaintance waiting to meet you
who will have a strong, favorable ef-
fect on your social life.



Taped to the bottle are two straws, a curly plastic band, & a key.



There is a QR code taped to one of the straws, but no one's smart phone can get a result from it. The back of the code is the letter "R".



In the smaller envelope was a letter saying "THINK YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS ABOUT?" in ransom letter font, with a ladybug sticker.



Inside there is a Rolodex card with a sticky-note attached that says (in the water mark): "HAVE YOU USED THE INTRANET TODAY?" & links to a defunct company site.



There is a picture of me as Wardlock from Witch Prison!



& this "T-O-A-R" clue, with the T at the north, the A at the east, the R at the south, & the O at the west.

(Special thanks to Brian for taking these evidence photographs.)
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