Somewhere I have a scribbled list of heterosexual romance movies that I like very much, trivial fodder for a post someday. And in a purely mental state is a list of vague, idiosyncratic neuroses of mine, like the fear that if I am parked on the street and swing my leg out of the driver's side door, a car will speed by and whip it off. Or the fear that if I walk too closely to the edge along an overpass, a stranger will push me over. These are generally mild worries, of course, and I worry more about the possibility that when I'm seventy-seven these stray thoughts will mutate into daylight terrors that force me to huddle to the sides of buildings, making warding signs at passers-by as I mutter to the pigeons, who understand me very well, nervous little men that they are.
I had a great day. I was productive at work--and that was pretty much my entire day, and I'm happy with myself. On my way to a late lunch I stood on the sidewalk waiting for the bus and had one of those moments when your contemptuous familiarity with the world sloughs off and you feel eight years old again, like you're seeing what's around you for the first time. How strange it all is. The older I get, the harder it is for me to feel that. I think you feel it more frequently when traveling. And along those lines I had a whole train of thought this afternoon about the size of cities and why people travel, but I don't feel a huge need to put it into typed words. In the big scheme of things it's probably about as important as the time I spent wondering how long it would take a group of people trapped in the metro tunnel to cannibalize each other, and whether I'd actually manage to run if a mass of zombies appeared around the tunnel bend.
I bought two rings yesterday. Simple glass rings, a dollar each, made in India: one blue, one green. I've decided the blue one is for sobriety and the green one is for health. I'm not good with rings. They catch on pockets and get in the way of fondling and other fun things, but I'm going to try and keep these on. See how it goes.
And just this moment as I opened The Book of Disquiet to find a subject line for this post, the random quote I got was:
"We suddenly noticed, in the way we notice we're alive, that the air was filled with the singing of birds, and that, like ancient perfumes in satins, the rolling rustle of the leaves was more deeply entrenched in us than our awareness of hearing each other."
I'm looking forward to the weekend. :)