Hurricane John

Life in the land of Hurricanes

Monday, August 30, 2004

What I'm reading

Let's step back a few weeks to my recent trip to France. I'm not going to bore with those details again but I did read a bit. I happened to divulge into a great book by Neil Gaiman. American Gods had won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for fantasy and science so I trusted that it had some merit. But what I liked was its departure from typical fantasy. It was set in normal modern time but it certainly was not normal. Not until I was halfway through did I finally realize what was really going on. While I was constantly confused I kept reading because Gaiman has a very poetic way of writing that has each sentence flowing and gushing with a description that at no point becomes overwhelming. I loved Gods so much that since then I have read an additional three books by Gaiman plus a little of his graphic novels. Each reads like a dream, far away and as a whole it is beautiful or frightening and entertaining, but on close inspection you can see that each component is just a wispy strand of colour and length. He writes with such intelligence that I can't help but include my favorite passage from American Gods.

First a quick lead in. The protagonist is about to tell his female friend something so wild and crazy he doesn't think she will believe him. She says she would and convinces him with this reply:

"I can believe things that are true and I can believe things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not. I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and Marilyn Monroe and the Beatles and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen, I believe that people are perfectible, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkledy lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women. I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone's ass. I believe that all mean are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state. I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste. I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we'll all be wiped out by the common cold like the Martians in War of the Worlds. I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Com Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman. I believe that mankind's destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it's aerodynamically impossible for a bumblebee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there's a cat in a box somewhere who's alive and dead at the same time (although if they don't ever open the box to feed it it'll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself. I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn't even know that I'm alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck. I believe that anyone who says that sex is overrated just hasn't done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what's going on will lie about the little things too. I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman's right to choose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system. I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it."

As can be seen, he writes with a certain intelligence and shows that he puts a lot of research and effort into his novels. I highly suggest picking one up and getting lost in a dream world.

Until Next time, may you find a book to escape into.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

My riskiest post ever
So I know I haven't been the best about posting recently but to prove that it is important I am posting now, when I should have my computer off. It is heavily raining right now with tons of lightning. Lightning that is within a mile. Thunder that shakes the building and pounding rain that doesn't allow me to see across the street. This is all very common where I am, sitting in the 'sunshine' state. I think the greatest misnomer ever. So with all this rain it causes problems and I haven't exactly had the internet to post but that should change very soon. But of course normally you should post when there is something interesting to say and right now I think the majority would find that I'm not exactly living an interesting life.

So until next time, may it rain and keep your car clean.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Where are my friends?

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

My First Hurricane
And hopefully my last. Yes I arrived in Orlando in time to be hit by hurricane Charley. Fortunately I wasn't on the coast where it hit hardest but I still did experience winds of up to 105 mph. I'd post some links to news and pictures of aftermath but I really don't want to search for them but here's a starting point and some pictures. Most national news will focus on the hard hit areas like Punta Gorda in Charlotte county, they had the worst of it. I really wasn't concerned until everyone in the city seemed to be concerned and started to prepare for it. I mean I'm inland, hurricanes aren't supposed to hit here. My father and I knew some people so we stayed at their place to wait out the storm, it had a little better construction that a second story apartment. No biggy really, it was kind of cool to hear wind bursting, then the windows shook and trees and fences were flying everywhere. The real shock comes the next day when you see trees across the road, debris everywhere and absolutely no power. That's the worst part. Still some 100,000 in just the central Florida area are still without power. Driving is a mess, not just because of debris but also because all the lights are out and drivers can get extremely stupid. Luckily I got power back at the apartment Sunday afternoon so I've had time to start unpacking but our friends were still without power yesterday and some may not get it until Saturday. Class 4 to 2 hurricanes sure do cause a lot of problems but now I can say I've experienced one, although it was a little more exciting than your little earthquake Dave. I can also say that I think I've seen more rain in the past 5 days than I've seen my entire life. That tends to happen when you grow up in Arizona. News should be more exciting as I get accustomed to this new place. I still don't have internet access and may not for a few days as I use this school computer. This storm sure did screw everything up.

Friday, August 06, 2004

I have no excuse to why I haven't posted in a long time but now I give warning that I may go on an even longer hiatus. Tomorrow morning I'm beginning my drive to Florida. It should be a pretty fun trip with my dad but I'm not to excited about driving a truck and pulling my car on a trailer. I have an apartment in Florida and should have electricity and water all hooked up but not cable and internet. I don't know how long it will take to get that but it could be a long time. I'll still have my cell with the same number so please feel free to give me a call. Hopefully everything will go smoothly and I'll be up and running in no time.

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