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2001-08-15 - 4:21 a.m.

I'm Currently Avoiding:

I think my new schedule, well, at least until I have more things to say or I change my mind or I stop writing other things OR something else unforeseen happens, is for me to update everytime my thing says that it's been two days. It seems to work for me anyway, which is all I care about. You know, I'm really happy that diaryland doesn't eat my entries when the back button accidently gets used somehow. Instead, it just changes the time and possibly the date, but the stuff in the entry box doesn't go away. That's a good thing considering I'm not writing this in Wordpad and I've already had that whole back button thing happen once just in the 5 minutes or so I've been typing this. I don't even know why I'm going to do a whole entry...I'm busy and I planned to say so, and then go back to my writing of other things. But no, I feel compelled to write an entire entry. Sometimes I defeat my own purpose.

Today and Tomorrow (since, by my new rules, I won't be updating tomorrow anyway, so we might as well give it away)...

August 15 is ...... National Relaxation Day and National Failures Day (Relax! Because you're a failure! Doesn't that sound a bit contradictory?)

August 16 is ...... Bratwurst Festival (Ick. Why do they have to have so many icky food days? Oh wait, I'm picky, nevermind.)

There was this wonderful storm a little while ago. For my mood at the moment, nothing is better than the pagentry and beauty of a good thunderstorm. Now the cat is staring at the moths which have congregated on the other side of the window screen, attracted to the light. It could be worse, she could be meowing at them constantly. Thank god cats are only in heat for a few days.

Don't Look Here...There's Words!

miasma (n. mye-AZ-muh or mee-AZ-muh)

1 : a vaporous exhalation formerly believed to cause disease; also : a heavy vaporous emanation or atmosphere

2 : an influence or atmosphere that tends to deplete or corrupt; also : an atmosphere that obscures : fog

Miasma entered English from New Latin in the mid-1600s and comes ultimately from the Greek miasma, meaning pollution. In notes taken during a voyage to South America on HMS Beagle in the 1830s, Charles Darwin described an illness that he believed was caused by miasma emanating from stagnant pools of water. For him, miasma meant an invisible emanation of "infecting substances floating in the air . . . noxious to health," as defined in the Webster's dictionary of his time. Nowadays, we know germs are the source of infection, so we aren't likely to use the unscientific miasma this way. But while Darwin was out to sea, broader applications of "miasma" were just starting to spread. Now the term is used for something destructive or demoralizing that surrounds or permeates.

Sisyphean (adj. sih-suh-FEE-un)

: of, relating to, or suggestive of the labors of Sisyphus; specifically : requiring continual and often ineffective effort

The legendary Corinthian king Sisyphus annoyed the gods with his trickery. As a consequence, in Hades he was condemned for eternity to roll a huge rock up a long, steep hill, only to watch it roll back down. Sisyphus' story is often told in conjunction with that of Tantalus, another king who offended the gods and paid the price in Hades. Tantalus was condemned to stand beneath fruit-laden boughs, up to his chin in water. Whenever he bent his head to drink, the water receded, and whenever he reached for the fruit, the branches moved beyond his grasp. Thus to tantalize is to tease or torment by offering something desirable but keeping it out of reach -- and something Sisyphean (or Sisyphian, pronounced sih-SIH-fee-un) demands unending, thankless, and ultimately unsuccessful efforts.

Song of the 'Day': Ummm...I had one earlier, but I forgot it. So we'll just make it what's on my cd player now which is "She's So High" by Tau? Bachman. Sometimes the progeny of known bands comes back to haunt us with one-hit wonders. Whatever happened to him anyway? His last hit had to have been more than a few years ago. Anyway, that's the song of the day b/c the softer the music, the more it stays in the background, and the better it is for me to write while not really listening to it.

Oh, I was looking at some of the things I've entitled these entries while I was archiving them earlier. There be some interesting naming going on, yo. Alright, alright, I *so* can't pull off that accent/attitude. I realize this, I'm sorry, and it'll never happen again.

As a final thought, I saw Carrottop of all people doing a 1-800-CALL-ATT commercial tonight. Some "actors" need to *stay* off the face of the earth after dropping off of it. Go back to anonymity where you belong you horrible, Horrible actors! Carrottop needed to stay off the face of the Earth. So did/does that former Pee-wee Herman/genital exposure guy...whatever his name is. There are others I can think of who really should've never EVER came back, but I don't feel like naming anymore names tonight. Time to write something else...whee. All this writing is going to kill me after awhile.

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