Thursday, March 21, 2013

Stuck in the Doldrums



Recognize that map? (A virtual bottle of Montepulciano D'Abruzzo to the first one who names it correctly.) See that maze-like portion of the road the over on the left?  Somehow I've found myself stuck there for days. I'm in the Doldrums in Milo's car and I've run out of gas. Now I'm on foot trying to get back to the Sea of Knowledge, but I've got no map, no compass, not even a GPS. It probably wouldn't work with the mountains interfering anyway.

Today is the Vernal Equinox. I've always wanted to try out that trick of standing a raw egg on end out on the sidewalk on this official beginning of spring. Maybe that'll get me out of this funk.  At least I seem to have smidgen of my sense of humor. Now if only my posts were as exciting and insightful as they used to be.

Wait... Google tells me that yesterday was the Vernal Equinox and a hoax busting website revealed that egg standing stunt as an utter myth. For the past two days I forgot to turn on my cellphone and missed three fairly urgent phone calls. I'm a mess. I need a secretary. I need a drink. Now I sound like everyone in The Tattered Dress, a movie I watched two nights ago and really didn't like at all. (No review for that one on Tuesday, you can bet.) And now this blog has turned into a self-absorbed overdose of Twitter-like commentary that I usually loathe.

I'm back in the Doldrums. Blah.

13 comments:

  1. The Phantom Tollbooth?

    Marcia

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    1. Bingo, Marcia! Fnatastic book, isn't it?

      And here's the link to your virtual bottle of wine. Enjoy responsibly.

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    2. It certainly is a great book! And thank you for the wine -- I enjoyed it immensely! Although I must admit that the website link that you used had me realizing that I would enjoy it much more by drinking it (virtually or not) in Abruzzo!

      Marcia

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  2. I guess I have been a lurker for a bit, so I thought I would come out of the shadows and post and I just couldn't pass up a challenge!

    Marcia

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  3. Aw, John. Sorry you're in the Doldrums. And I knew The Phantom Tollbooth...I just have no time to get online for fun at work right now.....It's the middle of grad admissions in the English Department and life is too busy for any doldrums 'round here. Also, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the English Department staff lottery pool will hit it big this weekend (over 300 million in the Power Ball) and I'll soon have enough cash to build that library with living quarters that I've been dreaming of for years (and I suppose I'll add on an A/V room for the hubby and son while I'm at it). Cross your fingers for us too, will you?

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    1. Fingers crossed! If you strike it rich I'll help you design that library. I wrote this post 1. as an experiment to see how many anonymous comments (notice I allow them again!) would pop up. And 2. To entertain myself. It worked! As soon as I saw Marcia's
      comments I was cheered up. I guess I'm just starving for attention. ;^)

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  4. Spring is here chum - it'll be great, you'll see ... And when it comes to eggs, I'm definitely with Christopher Columbus (I prefer them scrambled anyway).

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  5. Oi! I think you'll find "self-absorbed" is my exclusive domain, Mr. Norris. Kindly find your own Doldrums to wallow in. Yours, L. SunKing, HRH, BA (Hons)

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    1. Aha! I thought I recognized that mustachioed gent plucking Donald E Westlake books off the trees in the Forest of Out-of-Printdom. Unfortunately I alerted Officer Shrift of the offending book picker. Sorry if you're caught. Try a disguise next time, your Grace.

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  6. Yeah, I recognized it too. I haven't read this book since 1977, when I was in grade school, but it was one of my favorites from back then.

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  7. I'm there as well, John. Well, actually I've moved on to the Slough of Despair. Jeez, I dislike this time of year. It's neither here nor there. Everything is uggo. And if you happen to be feeling rotten, like I am, it's even more fun. Gak!!!

    Just remember, kiddo - you're not the only one. Blah!

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    1. Even though spring is SUPPOSED to be here and is not (frigid wind and blizards to the south of us!) I have gotten over my temporary malaise, Yvette.

      I'll send good thoughts towards New Jersey, my friend.

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