The Top Six Things I Would Have Posted on Ello During January If I Hadn't Been So Busy:
1. I had the theme song from the Pig in a Poke game show from "National Lampoon's European Vacation" stuck in my head for days for no reason at all. I hadn't seen that movie in years. When I finally got it out of my head, I accidentally came across it flipping through channels one night...and it started all over again.
2. Years later than everyone else, I finally read Tina Fey's "Bossypants." I enjoyed it, but I also had intense flashbacks of improv performances gone wrong - including a hazy one so bad I thought maybe it had been a nightmare...until my best friend confirmed that he had been in it, too. I had just blocked it out like a trauma, which I suppose it was, in a way.
3. A long, terrible rant about how tired I was.
4. An essay explaining how weirdly I felt about Jamie Dornan's pupil dilation in the final episode of "The Fall" series 2. Seriously, his pupils were blown wide the entire time - just rings of dark, denim blue around a hypnotic black center. I kept thinking, "How did he DO that? That's an involuntary reflex!" I mean, did he use eye drops or something? Or was he so in character that he couldn't help it? It was so sexual & intensely predatory. Very disturbing.
5. I almost got run over walking home from the store with my friend E.K., who was visiting from San Francisco. A woman turned left without even looking at the crosswalk (we were crossing completely legally), then proceeded to scream obscenities at us for, you know, not politely dying beneath her death machine's wheels, I guess? Whatever. The kicker is that three blocks later we saw ANOTHER set of pedestrians almost mowed down by another car turning left without looking! The driver in that case actually hopped out of the car, shouting at the pedestrians and heading toward them like he was gonna rumble. E.K. and I both whipped out out mobile phones and I already had a 9 and a 1 dialed before I even thought about it, but the dude got back in his car (when he saw witnesses?) and sped away. Everyone was fine, thank goodness - but it was a scary evening for pedestrians. Here's the thing, I live in a quiet, somewhat wealthy neighborhood, and am very lucky to have amenities within walking distance - because that is a rarity in Houston, Texas. But even I think twice about actually walking, because it's so dangerous. And I don't mean I'm afraid of street crime - we barely have that at all - I'm terrified of being casually killed by a car. No one even thinks to question car culture here. If you are on foot and not obviously jogging or walking a dog, by Houston logic you are probably a poor person, and therefore not actually a person at all. You know. It's very frustrating.
6. And finally, "Senryu on Brain Fog":
Too groggy to be
Useful, I feel scattered like
Waffle House hashbrowns.
And now you're pretty much all caught up with Sarah L. Crowder.