Sunday, March 23, 2008

"Hello, this is Mission Control..."

I love Skype! I can call the USA for only two cents a minute, and I get to wear my really fun-looking headset while I'm doing it! I feel like Mission Control when I have that thing on!

So, dear friends and family that I left behind, be forewarned: you're going to get phone calls from me in the near future. Of course, the tricky part is working around the time difference. The best times for me to talk are when those I love are contentedly making zzzzzs. Ah well, not a big deal. I'm just delighted that I found a cheap and reliable way to talk to people. Thank you, modern technology!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"