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despite the years we are concern

So, I slept after all. Maybe next year. I read from the Steinbeck biography until 4:45 a.m., at which point I decided I'd only be in a lousier mood than usual all day today if I didn't sleep. Here in Atlanta, the smoky skies are with us again, and I see that there's now smoke as far north as Tennessee and as far west as Mississippi. I'm trying not to think about the 400,000 acres already lost to the fire, or all the alligators and turtles and snakes and pitcher plants and anhingas and black bears that have been incinerated since that power pole fell in Waycross on April 16th and began this conflagration. I'm trying to think of the fire as a force for good, a source of regrowth, renewal, etc.. And I'm trying not to breathe, but you know how that goes.

I lied about not working yesterday. Well, maybe I cannot call it a lie since when I wrote I wasn't going to spend the day in acts of unwriting and mutilation I did mean it. However, during the bath my resolve faltered, and I ended up spending the afternoon with keyboard and scalpel and sutures. I only took a section of the Pectoralis major and the heart's right ventricle. And who needs that stuff anyway?

A good Kid Night though. Byron showed up about 7:30, and after dinner we watched Ryuhei Kitamura's Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), which was really just all sorts of awesome. Douglas Gordon, Captain of the Gôten (played by Don Frye) is my new man hero. Then we watched the episode of MST3K where the crew is forced to sit through Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), and the three of us laughed until we were ill and dizzy.

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I have parted from Radagast. While the wizard slept, I mounted Suregait and we rode swiftly along a steep mountain pass I was fortunate enough the espy, west of the Daemon Angren, and so there was no need to approach the watchers at Nargroth. There were no encounters with goblins or Uruks. We are now at the southern limits of Gorgoroth, and I have made camp. From the moon, I see it is almost midnight. I could ride no farther this night. Likely, Radagast watches me from somewhere on high, as a hawk, and he may yet summon the eagles and try to force me to forsake the quest. I can not say, Inwë. Perhaps I once again have made the wrong decision, but I knew he would not allow me to continue. Regardless, the mountains are at my back now, and the blasted plateau of ash stretches out before me. With Suregait, I have some hope of reaching my destination in only another four days or so, if we ride hard. I will sleep as little as I may. The sleep only brings dreams I do not wish to revisit, anyway.

But I know the man setsuled pursues me. I do not know how, nor where he might now be, but I know that...no, I will not write that down. I shall eat a bit of the lembas given me by Radagast, and I shall try to rest in the manner taught me by the elves, eyes wide open, for I am too near the crater of Orodruin to shut my eyes. It is said the mountain rent itself all asunder on the day when the ring was unmade, but in my dreams it remains a lake of fire seething below vaulted arches of stone. In my dreams, setsuled Kinslayer leads me down ancient stairs to those flames and reveals to me his dark plan for the world.

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Okay. I need to find some food. And coffee. And then get dressed. I leave you with this Keith Olbermann clip, which better expresses my dismay and anger at the invertebrates'...er, congressional Democrats' decision re: the continued funding of President Asshole's war against Iraq than I could myself express.

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greygirlbeast
May. 27th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)

To re-iterate what I said in my own re-posting of it: I love Keith Olberman, because he is So Very Angry. He is never not angry. He sleeps angry. In his sleep, Keith Olberman rants and punches his pillow, dreaming that it is every stupid politician, every ignorant voter, and if he just keeps punching hard enough and ranting cogently enough, eventually they will understand.

Nicely said.
jtglover
May. 26th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, greygirlbeast, and have as good a day of it as you can. You make things better for the rest of us, and we're glad you're here.
greygirlbeast
May. 27th, 2007 05:52 am (UTC)

You make things better for the rest of us, and we're glad you're here.

*blush*

(No, really. Even though Nebari cannot actually blush, the pink makeup I'm wearing is a special smart pink makeup that mimics the blush response in humans.)
smu
May. 26th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
Firstly, happy birthday! May you have many more!

Secondly, I'm just as angry about the Dems doing that as well. They could have fought more. Sadly, I think this is something they couldn't win, because the President is an idiot who would veto anything BUT a blank check policy. If they kept fighting, people would get angry that the troops aren't being funded (not that they are now, since it's been revealed most of the money is going into the pockets of contractors and supplies aren't getting to anyone on the ground. Figures).

I think this was a more symbolic fight (which means nothing in politics, but there you go). They had their plan vetoed repeatedly to get out the message that they want the war to stop and that the president is unreasonable and will allow for nothing less than a blank check. Even though the president got what he wanted, it made him look like a stubborn child. Plus, the Dems tacked on a few things to the war bill that wouldn't have passed by themselves, like a much needed federal minimum wage hike.

It still sucks that this happened though, I really thought the Dems would keep fighting to get a timeline or some sort of deal. I really hate politics.
styggian
May. 26th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday :)
I hope it is your best one yet.
ex_blue_verv849
May. 26th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Well, then, happy birthday!

Unfortunately, all I can give you is the inaugural use of one of my new Theda Bara icons...

My evil twin posted that video as well, I've many thoughts, all of them dark, so I'll save them for a better time and in probably a different guise. For now, I'll just cosign wolven's above comments. Sleeping angry is a tricky thing to do.
greygirlbeast
May. 27th, 2007 05:55 am (UTC)

Unfortunately, all I can give you is the inaugural use of one of my new Theda Bara icons...

That'll do just fine.

Sleeping angry is a tricky thing to do.

I've become quite adept at it, myself.
mellawyrden
May. 27th, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
"skylight" cavern entrances on mars
Dear Caitlin, I'm sure you've seen this by now, but just in case..
http://planetary.org/blog/
Scroll about halfway down & you'll see the orbiter's images of the chasms on Mars.. believed to open into an underground network of caverns. When I saw the images I FELT like I was in THE DRY SALVAGES (which I must've read a hundred times...) I'm astonished by these images & you're the first person I thought of to show them to.
greygirlbeast
May. 27th, 2007 05:56 am (UTC)
Re: "skylight" cavern entrances on mars

Dear Caitlin, I'm sure you've seen this by now, but just in case..

I have, but thanks anyway. These "caves" are no end of incredible.
ellyssian
May. 27th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
Many happy returns of the day!
phaedrine
May. 27th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
I don't know if anyone has pointed you this way yet, but I think you and Spooky would both rather enjoy the newish community, love_crafting!
greygirlbeast
May. 27th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)

I don't know if anyone has pointed you this way yet, but I think you and Spooky would both rather enjoy the newish community, love_crafting!

Thanks! I just joined up.
phaedrine
May. 27th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
And fantastic birthday wishes...
rarelytame
May. 27th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Forgive me for being off topic, but I saw this on the metaquote community. It's a post about dinosaurs, and the creationists' view of dinosaurs living alongside humans, and what life in ancient Rome might have been like had the dinosaurs survived.

It's quite funny.

It made me think of you, and I wanted to share, in case you might find it as entertaining as I did.
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