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the roots of her shiny brass teeth

Lo and behold (she said), I actually managed to escape my own paralysing gravity yesterday and leave the house. Despite the rain, Spooky and I spent part of the afternoon wandering around Little Five Points. We might have picked a better destination. In wet weather, Little Five Points has all the charm of a cigarette butt floating in a Dixie cup of warm beer. But there were bright spots, such as peeping into the pizza place that used to be a Fellini's, the place I set a scene near the end of The Five of Cups, and finding it pretty much the same as it was back in 1992. And there's Sweet Lime, a great sushi joint (where once there was a decent Cajun restaurant, many years ago) that features $1 nigiri all damn day long on Mondays and from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the rest of the week. Back home, there was an incident with a very fat, psychotic squirrel that had chewed its way through the thick plastic on one of the garbage cans (plastic cans? That hardly seems right...) and, just as I passed by it, heading up the back stairs, the beast emerged head and shoulders, popping up like the newborn alien bursting free of Kane's chest, scaring the frikkin' bejeesus out of me. I never knew a squirrell could look so frelling demented. After giving me the hairy eyeball (literally), it immediately scampered — to the degree that a squirrel that obsese can be said to scamper — up a nearby tree. Local Author Dies of Heart Attack Following Encounter With Crazed, Garbage-Eating Squirrel.

Thereafter, I almost OD'd on caffeine and various trendy hipster stimulants, but at least managed to conquer dial-up and get Chapter Ten of the Nar'eth manga online. There's an awful lot of cute in this one. Also, Leh'agvoi (alias setsuled) and I will be collaborating on a Nar'eth "holiday special." I will write, and he will draw, and you will, no doubt, be amazed at the strangeness that will result. No details yet, but I'm fairly confident that there will be lots and lots of snow involved.

After dinner, Spooky and I watched Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes, which we'd missed in the theatres. Utterly delightful. We followed that with the last volume of Aqua Teen Hunger Force Season Three.

Many thanks to blu_muse for the stack of CDs. New music is much appreciated. And thanks, also, to Taylor Ellwood for a copy of his book, Pop Culture Magick (published by Storm Constantine's Immanion Press), which seems to be suiting me much more, so far, than the Phil Hine stuff. More on this in a later entry.

Today, I'm planning to write the long-overdue Chapter Three of The Girl Who Sold the World, in the hope that a couple of hours of fan-fic will snap me back into the Story Place, and tomorrow I can get back to work on Daughter of Hounds.

This morning, I swept fallen leaves off the our front porch. It's very nice having a front porch again. I've not had a front porch since 1997 when Jennifer and I left Athens. It's a sunny, bright morning here in Atlanta, a welcome change after the grey days. The air's a little nippy, but the last of the autumn colour helps take the edge off. I've discovered that it's not the colours of autumn that disturb me, but that terrible, perfect blue hue the sky takes on, that and the diminished quality of sunlight.

Please take a moment to look in on the eBay auctions. The Five of Cups for a scant $20 (plus P&H), an offer that won't last too much longer. "Buy It Now" for a free CD and monster doodle. Don't make me have to take the cat to the plasma donation place again. . .


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Dec. 8th, 2004 04:35 pm (UTC)
Your squirrel incident just made me laugh quite hard...thank god I wasn't drinking anything!
Dec. 8th, 2004 04:43 pm (UTC)
"various trendy hipster stimulants"

Okay, it's time for Ray's dumb-butt question again...

What qualifies at trendy hipster stimulants in the subcategory of legal? (I've long stopped caring what people take, as long as they know what they're doing and aren't under 18) I have a long-butt work day, starting around 5-6 am and finishing around midnight, and am hitting my caffeine toleration point. I have used Red Bull with success in the morning, but am I missing something else? Nothing illegal- I'm sure I'll have to do a piss test one of these days for the day job (which actually is quite perfect- pay is great, co-workers are friendly, boss is cordial and respectful, work is somewhat challenging).

Just curious. Oh- and if possible, nothing that requires elaborate preparation. And no coffee (never could stand the taste).

(And for those wondering, my day job is not what keeps me up until 11. I consult for a company in the day and another one at night while also selling off a massive comic book collection somewhere in between.)
Dec. 8th, 2004 05:12 pm (UTC)
Okay, it's time for Ray's dumb-butt question again...

Legal...taurine, guarana, d-ribose, carnitine. Though, really, "smart drinks" have been so mass-produced at this point it's hardly fair to describe them as "trendy" or "hipster." They're just another of the legal drugs.

Dec. 8th, 2004 05:16 pm (UTC)
Anything better than Red Bull? That's been my favorite, but I'm willing to consider others...
Dec. 8th, 2004 05:20 pm (UTC)
Anything better than Red Bull?

I'm especially fond of Sobe Adrenaline Rush. It seems to hit me a lot harder than Red Bull.
Dec. 8th, 2004 06:00 pm (UTC)
I like Sobe for one reason. I once had a bottle of Sobe explode on me- the plastic lining under the bottle cap covered the opening, pressurizing the bottle. I wasn't hurt, but I wasn't happy, so I actually called the complaint line. I got a nice man who felt really bad and actually investigated my complaint. They didn't make me feel like a jerk. I wasn't trolling for coupons, although they sent me quite a few. Nice people over there.

Glad to see you got out of the house yesterday. I do totally understand the nesting thing. I haven't taken a walk to the beach (only five blocks away) since September. It's why I'm hopefully buying an iPod (or equivalent, maybe an iRiver) soon- it'll make a handy excuse to take a walk.
Dec. 8th, 2004 06:03 pm (UTC)
I just reread that post. Jesus-frelling Christe, I am a consumer whore yuppie. I need a device that plays music to encourage me to walk. Sigh...
Dec. 9th, 2004 01:10 am (UTC)
Adrenaline Rush is the nectar of the gods. Specifically Hermes, I'd say. Just stay away from Spark -- energy drink with six percent alcohol. Being hyped-up is one thing; hyped-up and lit is something quite different. Doesn't taste that good anyway.
Dec. 8th, 2004 05:27 pm (UTC)
Why calling someone "squirrelly" is fightin' words...
Sadly, I'm not surprised by the squirrel. The only reason why squirrels aren't deranged is that they don't have enough brain tissue for that tissue to be damaged, so they simply don't care. Living in a neighborhood overrun with squirrels (such as my old neighborhood) is much like living in Lewisville, Texas, only with residents who aren't quite so badly inbred.
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Dec. 8th, 2004 07:14 pm (UTC)
It's quite good, thus far. I think he's come to a lot of the same conclusions I have.
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Dec. 9th, 2004 01:04 am (UTC)
Just a quick edit, but my last name is actually Ellwood,

Whoops. Sorry. I'm bad about dren like that, which is ironic, considering how much I kvetch about people getting my name wrong.

A correction shall be made.
Dec. 9th, 2004 01:21 am (UTC)
"Damn Bill Murray."
Dec. 9th, 2004 05:41 am (UTC)
"Damn Bill Murray."


Oven cleaner...
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