Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Worst Night - Epilogue

The good news is, after a few hurried hours of diligent work and a great deal of frustration, I managed to finish my paper, and even got to go to bed at 6:00 am. The bad news is, my upstairs neighbors picked that time to do aerobics with their elephant, so I only managed to snatch less than two hours of sleep. I honestly have no idea as to what, besides an elephant, could make the amount of booming noise that I heard down here. I'm hoping to catch a little catnap this afternoon, but with my current luck, the upstairs neighbors and their elephant probably have a few rounds of leapfrog scheduled for then.

Although he's still unhappy (probably mostly due to having to sleep in the bathroom), Jasper seems better now, with no further incidents of diarrhea. I'll probably still stick him in the bathroom today while I'm gone, just to play it safe.

I just hope I can keep from getting a migraine from my lack of sleep today.

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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"