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2010, whether we like it or not.

There was absolutely nothing whatsoever remarkable about last night. At midnight (ET, 1 a.m. CaST), Spooky and I sat in the front parlor and listened to the snowbound silence. The city seemed all but dead. I could hear music playing in another house nearby, but that was it.

The snow is with us. There may be more today and tonight.

I had one of my rare migraines all day and night yesterday, which made me pretty much useless. I did try to get some reading done, more of Alan Weisman's The World Without Us and a paper in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology on the ankylosaurid Dyoplosaurus acutosquameus. We watched more episodes of Fringe. It was not a New Year's Eve to write home about. Or even to blog about.

I continue to be pleased with many of the answers I'm getting to that question I posed night before last: If you had me alone, locked up in your house, for twenty-four hours and I had to do whatever you wanted me to, what would you have me/you/us do? If you've not yet replied, there's still lots of time. Just follow this link. Blow my mind. Or whatever.

Neil tweeted last night, to ask why I wasn't at Amanda's Boston Pops' show, and I blamed the snow. But I begin to think the agoraphobia is becoming something to be reckoned with, especially when you toss in the unpredictability of the seizures. This isn't what I had in mind when I left the South. I had in mind actually going places and seeing people again. Maybe I shall, in this new year....

Oh, I did take a few rather crappy photographs yesterday, when we went out to the market. But at least they give you an idea:

Looking east, towards Dexter Training Grounds.

View to the east, Dexter Training Grounds.

Looking north up Brook Street; we'd stopped at the liquor store.

Snow in the branches on Brook Street. View to the west.

Looking out the window of the front parlor.

Look! More snowy branches! And power lines! And even rooftops! Wow!

All photographs Copyright © 2009 by Caitlín R. Kernan.


( 12 comments — Have your say! )
Jan. 1st, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Some sunshine for you
Jan. 1st, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Some sunshine for you

Thank you. I have now had my "What the fuck?" moment of the day.
Jan. 1st, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
A google translation of the lyrics then, which probably make less sense, but more poetry.
When the sky will be less gray
I tend arms
One day a friend
We will return

But I already
Sing for you
Oh sun sun sun sun sun sun
Oh sun sun sun sun sun sun

Just go out last night
And the winter will go
Come you who made the rain
A large bonfire

It is expected that you
Oh sun sun sun sun sun sun
Oh sun sun sun sun sun sun
(ad lib)
Jan. 1st, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
I had Italian friends in Providence when I lived around Boston. Fine memories. I think the coffee shop we used to go to is gone (Piccolo Mondo). Maybe the terrific pizza place on Federal Hill, too.

None of that makes up for putting up with snow. It would take a lot to pry me back out of the South now. I do miss the seafood, the sense of history, and the possibility of jumping on a ferry to Nantucket. Oh, and Dunkin' Donuts. Krispy Kreme, sorry, you're not in the same league :-)

On balance, though, if I were to develop agoraphobia, I might find New England a better place to stay home, as long as there was money for heat.
Jan. 1st, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)

None of that makes up for putting up with snow.

To my great surprise, I find I rather like the snow.
Jan. 1st, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
There was absolutely nothing whatsoever remarkable about last night.

A year is an arbitrary progression of days, but may this next roll of the calendar contain better things for you than the last.
Jan. 1st, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)

A year is an arbitrary progression of days, but may this next roll of the calendar contain better things for you than the last.

True, and thank you.
Jan. 1st, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
My very best for 2010.
Jan. 1st, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you had a deliciously sedate New Year, though I am sorry about the increased agoraphobia. I hope, in this turn of the Gregorian Wheel, you overmatch it, as much as you need or want to.

Enjoy your snow.
Jan. 1st, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Even though it started out quiet, whoever said having a quiet one is a bad thing. If it had been for me last night we would have stayed it. Well, I would have been together with my love and would have enjoyed the snow. But instead I ended up at the party in the garden with my mother,my sister and HER boyfriend instead, feeling rather queasy from the fish salad and the sparkling wine and retreating back into the quiet (because empty) house at 1.30am while the rest stayed out till five.
I only wish I could have slept before 5 but I was cold and hypochondria still has me in her cold clutches alot these days. I'm not a fan of new year's resolutions but I need to do something about that. Only what? I hope you find a way to fight the agoraphobia back a few steps and manage to see more people this year.
My best for 2010. I hope you'll enjoy it and get closer to wherever/whatever you want to/need to be.
Jan. 1st, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Start the new year off right with John Carpenter's The Thing <a href="http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/watts_01_10/>told from the thing's perspective</a>. Get ye some!
Jan. 2nd, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
Fighting my agoraphobia is one of my missions this year. It's amazing how it sneaks its claws in when you least expect it. It's almost like I turned around and found out this huge monster had been gnawing on my spine and I didn't even notice it.

-hugs- Good luck with fighting your agoraphobia.
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