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Return To Derleth

Yesterday morning, I made my way to the CUA campus; while I was there, I saw a few people I’ve not seen for sometime, and got to see what is up with them. One, from Canada, is like me, watching the 2008 election with interest. He, like me, does not support either side, though think there are problems with both. And we agree that the election this year seems much more bizarre than what we have seen for sometime. The blindness of of some of McCain’s supporters to the problem their candidate is already having this election is more than a little surprising. If they want him to win, they need to change their strategy soon, very soon, because there is not much time left to change people’s opinions of McCain, otherwise Obama will be his own worst enemy, and will be his election to lose.

I took a day off from reading theology to go through 2/3 of August Derleth’s Return to Walden West. It’s a good book, following the theme of the first, though I can tell it was put together quickly; it needed a bit more editing to match the quality of Walden West.  There were some words and descriptions he used which seemed to be repeat itself, and in ways which don’t serve to reinforce a theme, but detract from it. Nonetheless, it also seems to get more to the core of things, and show more of Derleth’s inner feelings about things than the first, so for one who wants to understand Derleth, it’s an important book to read.

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A Nice Gift

Tuesday morning, I woke up feeling refreshed. During the day, I slowly began to drag and feel that I had not fully recovered from the weekend. Sadly, Tuesday evening I was not able to get to sleep when I went to bed, and I woke up a few minutes early than my normal time this morning. I don’t know what that will mean for the day, but it does mean, right now, I feel as if my sleep was not as refreshing as it should have been.

I went out yesterday in the morning to get the newest Stargate movie; I used a giftcard to buy it, and watched it during my lunch “hour.” I enjoyed it for what it was, and understood, like all Stargates, what it would not be. Ba’al is always an enjoyable villain, and he is in this one as well, though I feel they wanted to have their cake and eat it too — to have this be his last story, but if something happens and they can do another movie, they have a way out and he can still be a threat in the future. I just don’t see why they felt they had to have his story “end,” and why they don’t bring him over to Atlantis. It wouldn’t hurt that show at all.

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Caught Up On Rest

After having two days without as much sleep as I am used to, hanging out with Sean, Monday was a day where my fatigue and lack of rest got to me. I wasn’t completely out of it all day (thankfully), and I did get some reading done, but I felt like I was going on pure adrenaline. When I went to bed, I quickly fell asleep, and slept through the night waking up only around the time I normally wake up at. It was as nice a night of sleep as I’ve had for quite sometime.

The mail came late yesterday; I finally got my own copy of Theologie der drei Tage yesterday (the original text of Mysterium Paschale). I had ordered it from a German bookshop back in April, knowing it would take some time to get here. I didn’t think it would be this slow. I was beginning to think it had got lost in the mail, and was going to inquire about it if I didn’t get it soon. Thankfully, I didn’t have to.

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Sean called me in the morning, around 9, saying he wouldn’t be able to go to church with me. He had stayed out late and didn’t wake up until the time he called me. So, I went to church, and then Sean and I got together in the afternoon. We ate Burmese for dinner (he, like me, likes trying ethnic dishes; and Burmese is not one you can find at many places).

He told me his work schedule has been rather off, of late, and so the weekend has had him off his normal schedule. He works at nights, from midnight to early morning. On Friday, because he came here early that evening, he had not had rest, since I basically came to town after work. Neither did he get enough sleep on Saturday, but yet, he and his co-worker went around many of the museums before I got together with them that evening, and continued going around to places after I had made it back home. So, on Sunday, he was quite tired.

He travels back home this morning; so with the beginning of the week, things will go back to usual.

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Oh How Plans Change

After I woke up yesterday, I found an e-mail by Sean saying some of the plans had changed, and he would be free to meet on Saturday night. I met with Sean and his co-worker on the National Mall later than I originally expected, and then we walked around for a little bit, then we went out to eat at an Ethiopian Restaurant.  My feet are sore this morning from all the walking, so I know they will be sore at church today. And Sean will probably be there with me. Today Sean’s co-worker is helping his niece do a move; Sean was originally planning to help, but his friend was saying he didn’t need to do throughout the night. So now Sean will meet with me at church.

My left eye has still been bothering me, and has required eye drops yesterday, too, to help soothe it. This morning I am not sure, I think it might be feeling better, but it can also be it is just because it is too early. It felt like something had been crusted over and extracted as I slept, so that might be why it’s better now.

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Friday Frivalities

Yesterday morning was wonderfully cool, but that didn’t last. It did not feel as hot as it has been, but I think after a great morning, it felt worse than it was in the evening than it actually was. So I didn’t stay out in it. Interestingly enough, this allowed me to be inside to get a phone call from Sean, who is in town this weekend. It is a last minute kind of thing which brought him here, but we might get together Sunday afternoon, if things work out.

In the morning I went to see the X-Files movie, which I felt was a disappointment. I also thought it had an anti-Catholic sentiment; not just having a former priest/pedophile as one of the characters, but also by having a subplot with Scully working in a Catholic hospital, controlled by a priest which is acting in opposition to her. It is not just any kind of opposition, but on her use of a new therapy based upon stem cell research (they didn’t say which kind of stem cells, so in theory it could fine, if the right kind of stem cells; but the movie, by keeping it vague, is clearly mocking Catholic opposition to embryonic stem cell research). The movie was slow and could have been cut down to a normal forty minute episode for all that was in it; which was ok, as plots go, but nothing too X-Fileish.

Finally, my left eye is now irritated; started in the morning soon before I went to see the movie. I don’t know why. I got some eyedrops yesterday afternoon, and they make it feel slightly better, but it still is acting up this morning.

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After the Storm

There was a storm Wednesday night; it was not just a quick shower, and then it was done. It was a full storm. Everything outside was wet because of it. But it was also quite cool; indeed, it was at a comfortable level making it that much more enjoyable to be outside. However, when I went to a bench to read and take in al the natural air, I first had to wipe it dry. There is nothing wrong with it; I would rather have to do that than than to drip of sweat.

For the summer, Silver Spring has been having live music played on Thursday through Saturday nights. Last night was a classical quartet, and so I thought I would see how it was. The problem is it starts late, so I only went for the beginning of it. What I heard was ok, but the sound system was having problems, causing all kinds of screeches from the instruments. I know they were working on it (they were doing prep work when I heard them play). They seemed to be competent, but it wasn’t impressive enough for me, at least at the time, to stay for long. So all in all, I had a nice, early evening stroll.

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