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My Right Ear

posted at 4:06 am
on Jul. 18, 2004

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My right ear is filled with water.  Not a lot of water.  But tenacious water.  It’s deep in there.  It was driven in by a new game that Amy invented that we ended up calling Semi-Inflated Mattress Diving.  It’s soon to be an Olympic demonstration sport.  Perhaps “soon” is an overstatement—perhaps “never, those fools” would be a little more realistic.

The sport involves leaping from the pool steps on to, as the name

implies

says, a semi-inflated pool mattress.  And then not falling off.  It combines the taut grace of synchronized swimming with the explosive desperation of bull-riding, without any of the poop. At least, that is my sincere hope.

While I did not do so well in the trials—something in my leaping tended to cause the mattress to squirt out from beneath me like a half-peeled grape when stepped on—I did pretty much stomp the competition in the finals, when I executed a nearly perfect L-drop move to land and stick in the middle of the pool on a double tall mattress pile.  What a proud moment for Canadian pool party athletes everywhere.

Robin, Amy, Jae, Karin, Debbie, Tracy and Mike all came over for the last-minute party.  It was much fun.  Some grilling, some drinking, some music via my new Airport Express (lovely little device that is—more later).

I’m really going to miss this place.

Overheard

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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