Thursday, February 02, 2006

pistol and ball

There are no happy seasonal events (save for that debauched tradition of Valentines Day, which is no tradition at all other than to fatten your loved ones up so you can convince them to go on a diet with you later...a cunning scheme ladies), there is constant grayness, dankness, boredom, and a thick sense of molasses in the air. Indeed, the cursed molasses of the doldrums is nigh and what action have we but to run for the coffee shops...only to arrive with soggy shoes. In the last month I have seen the sun twice, each time a momentous occasion; children danced in the streets, drivers complained because they had misplaced their sun-glasses, and I went out and read Moby Dick in that hallowed sunlight—its wisdom echoed to my soul. May this be an encouragement to you my Northwestern countrymen and Lower Mainland friends.
"Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially when my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off—then, I account it time to get to the sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for a pistol and ball."
And so I head for the sea tomorrow, be it rain or blazing rain, I hope a trip to the sea will awaken my soul and dry out my spirits.
Kyrie eleison


Polythene Pam said...

Have I mentioned that I love you? Why do you not live near to me! I realize this is the sort of lame thing one should avoid posting whenever one can, but I can't avoid it. I love how you write so much different than you speak. I think I will e-mail you soon.

chrissy2sheds said...

Hi Brent... yes we had a good time with Capernwray more on my bog etc. We looked after Gerrit Schooten who comes from Lethbridge but has a sister in Abbotsford! and who hopes to come to uni in Vancouver. I like Valetines Day it's a good milestone between Christmas and Easter. We also looked after Petr who comes from Prague (we have friends near there) and who likes trains! so I got my model railway going for him! looking forward to the main Capers visit.

chrissy2sheds said...

I should have said blog!!!!!!!

lid upon my head said...

Funny how I am a born and raised lowermainlander and I don't even notice the rain when it sticks for a month at a time, in fact, in some twisted way I actually enjoy it...ya, I know - weird. But I'll agree with ya on one thing as soon as the sun peaks out the best place to be is the ocean! Nothing could seem more like summer...and just for future reference, when all seems grey there's always a break in the clouds above whiterock, pilots call it the blue hole!