Thursday, September 4, 2008

I Have a New Pet!

Yeah, that's right, I now have two pets sharing my apartment here in Korea! My new pet's name is Theodore, although I'm almost positive (if I remember correctly from my college biology class) that "he" is actually a female. I didn't actually invite Theodore to move in; "he" chose me.

Theodore, for those who were wondering, is a larger-than-usual, voraciously ravenous mosquito. He is not a courteous houseguest. He moved in about three days ago, and liked it here so well that he decided to host a convention the other night, featuring an all-foreign-food menu (me). Theodore and his friends found my legs to be the greatest delicacy, although they also showed appreciation for my forehead and wrist. I'm starting to look like I have been visited by some form of Biblical plague.

To add to my new "skin landmarks," I also have a miniature Mount Vesuvius rising out of my ankle, courtesy of a pair of dress shoes that I neglected to wear pantyhose with. I couldn't remember why I never wear those shoes, so I wore them yesterday. Now I remember.

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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"