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
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
November 26, 2017 - 1:20 p.m.
Dateline Bolt Bus: the outlet is not working, yet again. I have to finish this before my computer battery runs out. I guess I won't be watching movies on the ride home. I was looking forward to that too. When this dies I'll switch to my phone and listen to music.
Last night was Second Thanksgiving. That's served buffet style. I managed to eat no turkey this holiday. I had more pulled pork and rebaked mashed potatoes but most important bacon, potato, cheese tart. That is pretty much the best meal there is. The tart crust is the bacon. The bacon fat does wonderful things to the potato. I don't know why that isn't the centerpiece of everyone's Thanksgiving dinner. I'm going to run for president with establishing that tradition as my primary policy initiative. I might be the first president to win 100% of the popular vote. My vegan friends will vouch for me to the other vegans. I will initiate the equivalent of the Manhattan Project to come up with a vegan version. The country would be a better place if everyone shared my priorities.
We had music last night but I never brought down my kazoo. I did sing. Matt was excited, he has a new guitar; it has eight strings. That's two strings better than six. I told him I have to find out from Pete Kennedy if it's a crime against humanity.
I wanted to bring one or two kids home with me and found out this morning I wouldn't be able to. I'm very disappointed, I was sure that Cate would come. Last night I got an "I don't know" from Maggie; today it became, no. I could have had a dog or two but I was told, "no backsies."
The year needs rescheduling, two of my emotional battery charges, NERFA and Thanksgiving are separated by only two weeks. That is not good planning. Can we move Thanksgiving to the third fourth Thursday in January? Then my recharges could come in January, Pesach, usually April, Falcon Ridge in August, and NERFA in November. I'll let you discuss the moves among yourselves. Let me know what you decide. Keep in mind that I was just disappointed by no getting any of Joe & Emily's children.
This is not a comfy bus ride. I a large person next to me with zer elbow digging into me. I'm not going to let that stop me from being thankful. Same goes with being stuck in traffic. I got to spend the holiday with people (and dogs) I love and that love me. That's even better than the bacon tart and chocolate Irish crème.
I signed the Pro-Truth Pledge:
please hold me accountable.
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