March 16th, 2015

The Red Tree

"Don't trust anyone who looks you in the eye. Don't take any kindness; it's a demand in disguise."

I'm going to be angry today. It's only 11:04 a.m., and already I can tell that today I will be angry.


Calvin: I like to verb words.

Hobbes: What?

Calvin: I take nouns and adjectives and use them as verbs. Remember when "access" was a thing? Now it's something you do. It got verbed.

Calvin: Verbing weirds language.

Hobbes: Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding.


Yesterday is a blur, the worst migraine I've had in months. Half a Percocet allowed me to write for one hour. I did "S is for Sanguine." 400+ words. And then the pain came back. It was with me until after dinner. The combination of very spicy Chinese takeout, a Vicodin, and an extra Clonazepam seemed, finally, to end the headache. Capsicum, endorphins, synthetic opiates, and benzodiazepines – good for what ails you.

Did you know that the phrase "Better living through chemistry" is a variant of the DuPont advertising slogan, "Better Things for Better Living...Through Chemistry," which the company adopted in 1935 and used until 1982? Now you do.


We're supposed to see 48˚F and sunny here today, though I have my doubts. At this point the snow seems to be evaporating faster than it's melting. Currently, it's 36˚F and cloudy. Today it will be 79˚F in Birmingham and feel like 83˚F. Alabama already has a heat index. This is why I'm leaving the northeast, to know spring again. You hearty motherfuckers who want to tough out this shit, it's all yours. I'm a cold weather wimp. Seven New England winters (in years mostly devoid of summers) have aged me ten years.

That's really all I have for now. Don't spend it all in one place.

Aunt Beast