I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allen Poe

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
- H. L. Mencken

Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so
-Bertrand Russell

What I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. If the sigil were proved to be the top of a tomato-can, it would not alter that big fact, nor my fixed faith. No Harrowby, the common names we call things by do not matter — except to show how very dull we are ...
-James Branch Cabell

2003-01-13 - 10:39 p.m.

You can't tell the players without a program

Cast of Characters

Protagonist

Horvendile
Your humble diarist

Family

Mom
Horvendiles mother
Alison
Horvendiles oldest sister. Psychology professor that lives in New Paltz, NY
Max
Alisons son
Sue
Horvendiles sister. Middle child that lives in Plano, Texas
Mike
Sues Husband

Frheads

Betsy
Horvendiles Favourite, a Hoosier
Carey
AKA Goovie. Musician stalker. Pilgrim Soul. Lives with Neal in Chicago
Emilie
Friend from across the pond. Visited the New World and my house in the summer of 04. Dont let her near a store with shiny things.
Gella
Container Store Accolyte. Philosopher and do-gooder.
Heather
DC fastlaner, friend of presidents and batnoses
Jaci
Seattlite of Love, grad student. Chronic under-evaluator of self-worth
Joy
Slug lover, Swarthmore student, and Goovie in training
Lawrence
Computer geek, bridge player, deity. Lives in Arlington, Va.
Leah
Horvendiles beloved beatific batnosed embryo and pseudo-daughter. Future singer and actress. She taught Emilie to be mean to me. "I love you because I can abuse you."
Lena
DVNs stalker in chief. Mistress of Spanish, Arabic, and belly dancing
Lisa
Horvendiles Frcon and FRFF travel companion. Brooklynite still loyal to her native Bronx.
Lori
Mistress of the Budgiedome
Marti
Not So Recent College Grad, owner of best hair in the world. Lives in Connecticut
Melissa
Punster, joker, part of the New York Frcrew
Neal
Careys beloved. Contantly on watch for pianos being dropped on his head.
Shelly
Evil Queen from Snow White, Waffle Goddess, EFO merch maven, Philadelphian.
Stacey
Horvendiles beloved vermiphile. A Canadian

Other Friends

Alan
Sports fan, doctor, nicest guy in the world
Aubrey
Horvendiles oldest friend
Bad Carey
Horvendiles college friend, actuary
Baldric
A dogbody
Farley
Math Professor and bridge player
Jodie
Horvendiles oldest online friend, mother femme fatale, and Buffy fan.
Lauren
Friend of Horvendile since college. Computer professor in Atlanta
Larry
Not to be confused with Lawrence. A really good bridge player
Roy
Horvendiles favorite bridge partner. The only non-Frhead who might actually ever read this

Musicians

Da Vincis Notebook
A Capella madman. Four average looking middle aged men
Gregory
Greg Storm DiCostanzo
Skippy
Paul Sabourin
Kenny
Richard Hsu. Hsuuuuuuuu
Bernardo Jose
Bernie Muller-Thym
Christine Lavin
Fairy Godmother of folk music
Pete and Maura Kennedy
Effervenscent folk/pop duo. Cutest. Couple. Ever.
Slaid Cleaves
Brilliant Austin based singer/songwriter
Rod Picott
Childhood friend of Slaid Cleaves. Wears a hat to cover his bad haircut
David Morreale
Fredneckian just moved to NYC. Perhaps to be near Horvendile. Or maybe to be near his fiance. Stalked by Carey
Oliver Steck
Coolest person in the universe; Captain of the mothership
Ruth Gerson
Philospher/singer/songwriter/mother - Star of Horvendiles house concert
Moxy Frvous
Mythical Canadian Band of the last Millenium. Some believe that they are now in Avalon and will return with the coming of the Messiah
If Ive forgotten anyone and they have been mentioned at least 20 times in Wise Madness, let me know and Ill list them.





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