?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Fuck

George Carlin is dead. What do you fucking say to that, except "Fuck." Nothing else seems appropriate. Unless it's, "Shit." And I can quote him:

Religion easily has the best bullshit story of all time. Think about it. Religion has convinced people that there's an invisible man...living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn't want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money.

And we move along, trying to pick up the fucking slack, and knowing we are not half equal to the task.

A very fine day yesterday. First, we watched the less-rough edit of Frank Woodward's Lovecraft documentary, and I was pleased with what I saw. It's going to be cool. Then Spooky found out about some abandoned amusement park down near Hope Valley, in South County, and she and Sonya (sovay) wanted to go there. So, we didn't hang pictures (bad us), we went to the abandoned amusement park, but I'm going to write about that and show you those pictures tomorrow. After the abandoned amusement park —— and, by the way, there weren't any "No Trespassing" signs, so don't start in on that —— Sonya wanted to see Beavertail, so we headed east to the Jamestown Bridge. I dozed in the car, because the heat and light were getting to me, and I'd not slept enough Saturday night. When we reached Beavertail, there was some annoying wedding thing going on, but it was down at the lighthouse, not out on the rocks where we prefer to go. The three of us climbed down to the sea, maybe a hundred yards south of where we'd done our Solstice ceremony on Friday. The tide was starting to come in, rushing noisily over the rocks, but there were still tidal pools. Despite my dratted feet, which would have me do nothing but sit in this bloody chair all day long, I did a right decent job of scampering about on the boulders, keeping up with Sonya and Spooky. My ankles only hurt a little this morning. But, I've got to get some better rock climbing, wading-type shoes before we go back. Anyway...there are many photos behind the cut. Hope people aren't getting bored with the sea, because I doubt I ever shall:





An unidentified crab, upside down (but not dead).



The rocks are covered with razor-sharp barnacles, mostly the Northern Rock Barnacle, Balanus balanoides.



Like I said, lots of barnacles. They fascinate me. Bizarre, sessile crustaceans (Crustacea; Maxillopoda; Thecostraca).



Another as-yet-unidentified species of crab.



Sonya and I, at the water's edge.



Me with an extraordinary length of Common Southern Kelp (Laminaria agardhii) that Sonya discovered.



Kelp detail, showing the tangled stems.



Sonya also spotted this very old bit of graffiti. 1865? 1885? We're not sure.



A bed of tiny Blue Mussels (Mytilus edulis) among the barnacles and rockweed (Fucus spp.)



There appeared to be several species of snails, though I have only identified two, the Smooth Periwinkle, Littarina obtusata (in this shot) and the Rough Periwinkle, L. saxatilus.



I just love the composition of this shot, and it really shows how almost every inch of the rocks below the high-tide mark is alive.



Looking east across Narragansett Bay, as the tide rises.

All photographs Copyright © 2008 by Kathryn A. Pollnac, Sonya Taaffe, and Caitlín R. Kiernan


Today, we head back down to Moosup Valley, because I need to do just a little more research before proceeding on to Chapter Two of The Red Tree tomorrow. It's cooler and cloudy today, good weather for driving, and for Moosup Valley. Anyway, last night, after Beavertail, we came back home. I heated up the leftover stew, and after dinner, Sonya and I talked shop until it was time to get her to the train station for the 10:25 back to Boston. Later, I spent several hours in rp in Second Life, just because it had been a while (thank you, Lorne and Omega). I think I didn't get to bed until about 4:45 ayem, and I was afraid the sun would be up before i could get to sleep. This whole early sunrise thing is definitely going to help keep me from pulling those crazy long nights on SL. I can't get to sleep once the sky is light. Anyway. Yeah. Moosup Valley...

Comments

( 23 comments — Have your say! )
loki1978de
Jun. 23rd, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
George Carlin is dead. What do you fucking say to that, except "Fuck." Nothing else seems appropriate. Unless it's, "Shit."

Maybe piss, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. To quote him too.
I just recently....obtained....some of his standup programms. And now it is dead.
It's a 6
1865

And now back to the premier of Moonlight
greygirlbeast
Jun. 23rd, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)

1865

Maybe. I'm just not sure.
derekcfpegritz
Jun. 23rd, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Those are lovely pictures.

To go with them, you need this.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 23rd, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)

To go with them, you need this.

Wow.
nightwitch
Jun. 23rd, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
“The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A Death! What’s that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you’re too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating…and you finish off as an orgasm!”

-George Carlin-
greygirlbeast
Jun. 23rd, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)

“The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A Death! What’s that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you’re too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating…and you finish off as an orgasm!”

Indeed.

And now, I'm sitting here thinking how many orgasms are, eventually, lead to fatalities...
seph_ski
Jun. 23rd, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
La petite mort.

I love the photos.
sovay
Jun. 23rd, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Hope people aren't getting bored with the sea, because I doubt I ever shall

Amen. Those are incredible photographs. (The braided-kelp one even came out!) I hope you will not mind if I accompany you on further expeditions.

I need an icon for the sea.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 23rd, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)

I hope you will not mind if I accompany you on further expeditions.

Indeed I do not. I expect you to!
blu_muse
Jun. 23rd, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
what beautiful adventures...thanks for sharing...
blakesrealm
Jun. 23rd, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing the wonderful stories and pictures of your travels. I have to admit I never realized how much I missed the ocean/shore until I looked at your pictures and read about your visits.

I grew up along the NJ shore so my entire life the ocean was at most half-an-hour from me. I took it for granted, to say the least. Now living in Michigan I see that I should have spent more time just sitting on the beach and gazing.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 23rd, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)

I grew up along the NJ shore so my entire life the ocean was at most half-an-hour from me. I took it for granted, to say the least. Now living in Michigan I see that I should have spent more time just sitting on the beach and gazing.

I told Kathryn (Spooky) yesterday, while we were at Beavertail, I will never take this for granted.
blakesrealm
Jun. 24th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it, and again glad that you're feeling very 'at home' there and are free of the South. Hope that the heat wave breaks a bit for you guys so it's not as stifling there.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 24th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)

Hope that the heat wave breaks a bit for you guys so it's not as stifling there.

The heat wave really only lasted four days (June 7-10). It's mostly been quite pleasant, and even chilly at times, since.
(Deleted comment)
greygirlbeast
Jun. 24th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)

What a mercurial, brilliant, blasphemous man: wordsmith, joke-poet, comic/revolutionary ... his love-affair with language raised the bar for any who would meddle with its Icarus-energy. To say he will be missed doesn't even approach the loss; there's a George-shaped hole in the world tonight. (And a party up yonder at Lenny Bruce's table in the Boom Boom Room. Drink up, Shriners ...)

A George-shaped hole. Indeed.
tsarina
Jun. 24th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
I think it is 1865...
Lovely photos. I have to confess that barnacles freak me out terribly and make me want to run away shrieking. I'm not sure why, but I suppose it might be a texture thing.

The crabs though, I find terribly cute.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 24th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
Re: I think it is 1865...

I have to confess that barnacles freak me out terribly and make me want to run away shrieking. I'm not sure why, but I suppose it might be a texture thing.

Well, while I must say I find them beautiful, I also will admit that while climbing about on barnacle-covered rocks, I cannot stop thinking of how painful falling upon them would be.
fanny_fanu
Jun. 24th, 2008 08:44 am (UTC)
I am the opposite of tired with all the sea photos - living in Switzerland means I'm deprived of a coastline (quite frustrating for a Daughter of the Sea) so you're fulfilling a much needed ... well, need! Thank you :)

greygirlbeast
Jun. 24th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)

I am the opposite of tired with all the sea photos - living in Switzerland means I'm deprived of a coastline (quite frustrating for a Daughter of the Sea) so you're fulfilling a much needed ... well, need! Thank you :)

Well, that's fortunate, because there will be many more.
seagrowsstormy
Jun. 24th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Wow. I adore the close-up pictures of the barnacles. They're so weird and fascinating.
seagrowsstormy
Jun. 24th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, I just went back and actually read your entry (I always jump to pictures first!), and I can't WAIT to see the entry (and pictures!) on the abandoned amusement park!!
alvyarin
Jun. 24th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous, gorgeous photos. Don't see beaches like that in Texas.

I am sooo looking forward to the documentary.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 24th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC)

Don't see beaches like that in Texas.

It's all in the geology.
( 23 comments — Have your say! )