Useless (youngwilliam) wrote,
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The Live-In Years are hard to Swallow. Wash them down with Turpentine

"It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things."

pgs.96-97, The Reptile Room, Lemony Snicket


No no no.. no-body I know has died recently. I was just reading the second book in Unfortunate Events and thought that passage just jim-dandy. Here's another nice one; the start of Chapter Four.


"One of the most difficult things to think about in life is one's regrets. Something will happen to you, and you will do the wrong thing, and for years afterwards you will wish you had done something different. For instance, when I am walking along the seashore, or visiting the grave of a friend, I will remember a day, a long time ago, when I didn't bring a flashlight with me to a place where I should have brought a flashlight, and the results were disasterous. Why didn't I bring a flashlight? I think to myself, even though it is too late to do anything about it. I should have brought a flashlight."


In other news, I am growing to dislike those Helio "Don't call it a phone. Don't call us a phone company" ads. Those, and the Sonic drive-through ads. With the former, it's a phone! Really and truly, it's a phone! You can enter a number-combination, be connected to another telephonic device, and speak with the person who responds to the call! That's a telephone!! Sure, you can fool around with some small-screen internet using an inconveniently sized keyboard thing, but at heart it's still a telephone, folks! And the Sonic ads? It's the 'boys from the men' one that pushed me over the edge. Much like television shows, if I don't want to be in the same little world as the characters, odds are I won't like the show. The folks in the ads are not folks I would want to spend time in a car with, so.. yep. And why are they still sitting in the drive-up part chatting and eating? Don't they know there are other folks waiting? Annoying -and- rude. For shame. Now, Garth Marenghi's "Dark Place" on SciFi? -That-, I like!

Oh, and someone I sort've know had their shampoo and all nicked by airport staff when flying from the southwest coast to the southeast coast. For some reason, this jerks my rarely jerked political chain. Is it not that hard to actually test random fluids to see if they're explosive? Or better yet, offer folks an option of either losing the goods or having the goods held for testing (to be later shipped to them)? I admit it'd cost taxpayer money due to the shipping costs of getting the shampoo back to them post-testing, but it's not like they're going to just confiscate shampoo in airports forevermore.
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