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Happy New Year. [20060130|02:09]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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You know when you're standing at the bus stop with a belly full of whisky and it's really late at night or early in the morning depending on how you look at it, and you think oh, I should be afraid, I'm all alone at this bus stop and there's no one about and there's no headlights or sound of traffic and you become convinced that everyone else in the world has ceased to exist and then you stop and think, but I love this, I'm all alone and the electric lights are shining with that inviting yellow glow and you wish that it were true, that everyone else had vanished, but then the headlights appear on the horizon and it's your bus and you're sad because there, somebody must be driving the bus, so you're not alone, but as you step into the lurching warmth and rocket through the dark to the next stop you become glad?

No?

Well, you should.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2006-01-30 02:25 (UTC)

raises hand

Me me!!
Kinda eminds me of New York in a blizzard. The only time it's perfectly silent, an oddly welcoming blankness.

Also I like wandering around late late late at night here in SF, because I can suddenly physically sense all the people sleeping,up and down the western states and how everyone is so vulnerable at that moment, en masse. It makes me feel protective of them all, because everyone always looks so innocent while they sleep.....
Once they wake up however--
;^)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-30 13:35 (UTC)
Yes! I love that, walking past darkened windows and picturing everyone in bed. It gives me a sense that I'm sharing in their collective coziness, even though I'm padding along on the pavement outside, shivering.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2006-01-30 02:40 (UTC)
I also wanted to thank you for putting up that audio of The Dark is Rising.
I burned them, made a cover and offered it as a (late) solstice present of it to my friend and her family who are superkeen on audio books and magic and mythology, etc.
I've been telling them about that series for ages, so this was perfect and fab for a terribly broke person such as myself.

Cheers!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-30 10:15 (UTC)
Oh wow, what a great idea! I bet they loved it.

I really wish I could get copies of the other books as well. I so want to hear the narrator read The Grey King.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2006-01-30 22:01 (UTC)
Yes, he's quite engaging!
I'll keep an eye out for the rest of them...and return the favor if I ever come across them.
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[User Picture]From: tepesh
2006-01-30 02:51 (UTC)
Yes.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-30 10:09 (UTC)
Picturing you doing this makes me smile. ♥
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2006-01-30 03:18 (UTC)
Yes this is good.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-30 10:07 (UTC)
It is, it is. Especially when you see some poor tired transit worker running after the bus, waving, and the bus driver actually stops and lets him on. In central London, where the bus drivers seem to take a sadistic delight in slamming the door shut in people's faces.
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2006-01-30 16:01 (UTC)
That's funny. Or maybe not. In Houston, I have seen bus drivers wait for people to cross the road to get on the bus. I think this is because it could be hours before another bus comes. "Have Mercy! Been waitin' on the bus all day."
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[User Picture]From: impix
2006-01-30 09:48 (UTC)
glad you made it home alright, happy new year again!

x
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-30 10:04 (UTC)
Yay! Thank you again.

When I woke up this morning I realized I'd forgotten to text Mary on my arrival at home. But then when I opened my laptop I found I'd made a drunk post so everybody must know I'd gotten home OK. :-P
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From: ripperlyn
2006-01-30 11:06 (UTC)
hahahahahahahha...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-30 13:17 (UTC)
LJ: the addiction that just keeps giving!
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[User Picture]From: tharine
2006-01-30 10:55 (UTC)
ah ms l i love this post.


yea, i know. but vodka, not whiskey. but i know, i think. i know.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-30 13:32 (UTC)
Thank you.

You do. I know you do.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2006-01-31 00:49 (UTC)
When I lived in Boston, those sorts of long walks alone in the wee hours became a matter of habit. Some places in the Back Bay, the the glow still came from gaslamps and the brick walkways could be all yours for long minutes. I remember wandering across the bridge deep into Cambridge at four in the morning and then realizing that I was going to get to walk another three miles in twenty-below weather to get home, having promised myself I'd never use public transportation to cross the river by way of getting to know the seasons.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-31 17:54 (UTC)
And then you had a cup of delicious thick hot chocolate and it tasted divine.

Right?
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[User Picture]From: taische
2006-01-31 19:05 (UTC)

Well, actually...

Droste.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2006-01-31 01:07 (UTC)
Yes! Well, no WhiskeyBelly, but otherwise, yes. Night time is the best time for so many reasons. '...It makes me feel protective of them all...' All the more-so when something has gone wrong. i.e. had to help the fam work all night, or taken a trip to be with someone in the hospital, etc. I think, "You're all so lucky, safe and asleep..." Heh.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-31 17:53 (UTC)
I think a belly full of anything warming and delicious counts. Soup, even.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2006-02-01 21:37 (UTC)
*nodding* That was silly of me to point out. I suppose I've been the non-drinking, designated driver and/or nursemaid for so long it's become a foreign thing to me, anymore. ;)
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[User Picture]From: enn
2006-01-31 05:48 (UTC)
yes yes yes! & exactly..
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-31 08:43 (UTC)
You've done it before. I know!
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