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Little noises

The street sweepers wake me up every Monday and Thursday at 4am. I hear them coming a few K's away. I'm a light sleeper and once I'm up, there's no going back. I guess that makes me a sort of defacto morning person.

If its not the sweepers, it'l be something else. Every plug emits a high-pitched scream, I can turn off the ones in my room but have no control over the others. Lightbulbs hum. The lady downstairs snores. My feline is a royal nemesis.

Simon and Garfunkel were wrong about the sound of silence. Even if its only the dull "lub-dub" of your own heartbeat and the ringing in your ears, you can never escape sound. Total darkness is easy to experience, silence is not.

Life is a noisy process.


Imagine you have two kids, and they're both upset. #1 is screaming "the devil will murder us all prior to the end of April!"

#2 is saying "I can't figure out six down!"

You can only help one of them. One child has a real problem, the other an imaginary one. Who do you help first?
Considering cutting off my own internet connection in case I say anything I might regret. If I choose to do so, I'll simply turn off the wifi. I'm not at that point yet and I hope I never get there: I have work which requires an internet connection.


Whenever I walk in a London street,
I'm ever so careful to watch my feet;
And I keep in the squares,
And the masses of bears,
Who wait at the corners all ready to eat
The sillies who tread on the lines of the street
Go back to their lairs,
And I say to them, "Bears,
Just look how I'm walking in all the squares!"

And the little bears growl to each other, "He's mine,
As soon as he's silly and steps on a line."
And some of the bigger bears try to pretend
That they came round the corner to look for a friend;
And they try to pretend that nobody cares
Whether you walk on the lines or squares.
But only the sillies believe their talk;
It's ever so portant how you walk.
And it's ever so jolly to call out, "Bears,
Just watch me walking in all the squares!"

-A. A Milne

Luna loves it when I read poems to her. A. A Milne was a genius, I wish I had a smidgen of his talent. Winnie is one of those rare books both kids and adults enjoy (Or maybe its just that my inner child never grew up...)

Answer for question 4564.

What was your last dream about? Do you tend to dream in black and white or in color? Was there a particular symbol, person, or object in it that you remember that seemed to have special significance? What do you think its presence in the dream might mean?
I'd just got a new job on the 26th floor of the tallest skyscraper in town. I had no idea what my job was, only that I had got there via a "flying bed" system. These special beds delivered all those to dreamed of the skyscraper to work. Previously, I'd been a street artist living in the park by the water front. It was the middle of the night when I arrived, I could see two lighthouses strobing in red and white across the harbour from my "bedroom" office.

I always dream in vivid colour.

I think the skyscraper symbolised growth (although a Freudian may have a different opinion on the matter0 and the flying beds by guilt that this was all seemingly happenening only in my sleep. I see it as a positive sign. It was a good dream.
If you stir the clouds back into your coffee, will they disappear? Or cause a storm in a teacup?

Also, what time is cookie time? I'm hungry :P

Answer for question 4456.

Would you rather improve your ability to remember things or to forget things? What event from your past do you wish you could remember more clearly? What's one thing you really, really wish you could just forget?
"How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat. Some dance to remember, some dance to forget."-The Eagles, Hotel California

I tend to forget the little things: My keys, my glasses, buying cat food. I guess that's more about mindfulness than memory as such. I have a terrible short term memory and wish I could improve on it

Having said that, my long term memory is amazing. People think I am a lot smarter than I really am, just because I am able to memorize and regurgitate. I'm one of those people who remembers every conversation I ever had with anyone, providing I was paying attention at the time.
At the end of the day, we are the sum of our memories. Choosing to forget anything is like seeing the light and turning your back on it.

Remember that, before you choose to forget anything else!

Back to the drawing board I guess

I live on the moon

You might be surprised to learn that things grow here. We have poppies, morning glory, Datura and chondrodendrons. We also have internet access. Google owns the Galaxy, in case you haven't already figured that out :)

I haven't figured out how to get back to Earth yet. Every time I try and leave The Hotel I trip over one of those chondrodendron vines and end up paralysed. I'll probably live on this moon until I die.

My only companion is a strange feline called Luna. They say she is the Queen of the Moon.


Salute to the moon

Tried to do yoga. Cat got upset and got in the way. Now we're playing "kill the dressing-gown cord" instead.

Note to self: Do not try and salute the sun without first paying respect to the moon. Angry Luna-tics make it rather impossible to do cobras and downward dogs.

Answer for question 4424.

When was the last time you saw an ocean? Which one was it and why were you there? If you've never been to the ocean, is it on your list of things to see?
This question makes me sad.

I'm very lucky to have the South Pacific right across the road from me. Its far too cold to swim here of course (to state the obvious: South of the equator, the further South you go, the closer to Antarctica you get).

Its nighttime right now so I can't actually see the ocean, but I can see three lighthouses flashing at me, as well as a ship. Two of them are red and one is white. Technically speaking, one of them is a buoy. I guess I am lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world