Monday, May 12, 2008

Hail yes!

  • It was windy and cool and drizzling during my Sunday long run, but it wasn't until after 8.5 miles (1.5 to go!) that things got really interesting. I was feeling a little sluggish at that point, but the adrenaline kicked in when it suddenly got BLACK and lightning started flashing. I found another gear and tore home. With a half mile to go, the skies opened up (think downpour from LOST) and then a mighty wind pushed me the last few hundred meters. I was just onto my porch when the hail started. Exhilarating!
  • The gas station a few blocks away just showed $4.46 for regular unleaded. People were lined up ten deep at the competing place down the street. Now it's down to $3.46. Wanna bet someone at the first place is in deep shit right now?
  • If you employ a COMPLETELY different voice and demeanor on the phone, you're a tool and I wish you would go away. And if you don't stop referring to your co-workers as "lady" and "girly" and "chicky," I can't be responsible for my actions. And slow the fuck down, this ain't the ER.
  • I finished Letter to a Christian Nation, and I'm on to some random fiction from the TO READ pile, so my anti-religion tone will probably become less strident now. FYI. More later.

12 comments:

Frontier Psychiatrist said...

Sounds like a fun run.

So what's the random fiction? Or haven't you selected it yet?

Michael said...

It was...invigorating. The lightning scared the crap out of me, so I went from the casual 9 minute pace of the first 8.5 miles to close it out at about 7:30 pace. Fast for me.

I've picked the book, but haven't started it yet. Tom Perrotta's The Abstinence Teacher, has been waiting since Christmas. I read his Little Children after seeing the movie, and really liked it. Of course, anything even tangentially connected to Patrick Wilson gives me sweaty nethers.

freakgirl said...

The Abstinence Teacher is really good. Get started.

Or you could read sTORItelling, like I am. I'm a literary genius.

Michael said...

sTORItelling! Maybe right after. Ms. Spelling is a gay icon after all. In her own mind.

sam said...

She says that she wrote that the whole cast of BH90210 pretty much slept with each other. And thus we have confirmation of what everyone knew for sure, but was still the only interesting thing anybody cared about.

Do you like Augusten Burroughs? His new one is next on my list. But considering how long it takes me to get through a book since reading puts me to sleep, it will probably be out in paperback before I get to it.

Bodhi said...

Guess who finally got a blog, huh? MWAH!

The Other Andrew said...

Sweetpea, I'm half way through The Abstinence Teacher as we speak. Jinx! Read it, and you know what? It'll help you maintain the rage vis a vis religion...

Andrew Clarke said...

Hi, Michael, if you feel for social justice and enjoyed a book like "Schindler's List," may I suggest another title you might like to try? "Outcasts Of Skagaray" was written out of deep concern for the abandoned children of the world. For a free preview, see www.threeswans.com.au and see the sample chapters there.

Michael said...

Andrew, always just in front of me! If not bent over the sofa arm, as I'd like. Maybe I'll try something else. Even heathens need a break sometimes.

Maybe Andrew Clarke's book! I was under the thrall of Schindler's List for months, after all.

The Other Andrew said...

Dude, The Abstinence Teacher is kind of a demi-black comedy so it isn't strident about religion. It's by the same author as "Election", so you already know you're heading into pretty dark waters. I'm really liking it.

Now there's a pet, pick up that soap for me would you?

Michael said...

It's in the backpack, darling! The book, I mean, not the soap.

While I'm down here, would you mind checking something for me?

The Other Andrew said...

Checked.

BTW, the echo was surprising. Should there be cobwebs? Because there were cobwebs, fyi.