The night air is chilly. A cold north wind moves restlessly through the trees. A couple is fighting in the back alley. It sounds like they’ve both been drinking. They get quiet for a few minutes and I start to think I can contemplate going to bed, and then they start up again. They’ve been doing this for almost 45 minutes. Meanwhile, the cold north wind rustles and pushes through the trees as if trying to rip the leaves away before they’re ready to let go. The relief from the heat of the day is welcomed and appreciated.
It’s hard to believe we’re already nearing the end of August. It seems like it was only yesterday that we were trying to get through a brutal winter cold snap that felt as if it would never end. Where has the time gone? It seems to move faster every year…
I have nothing of importance to share tonight. My thoughts are mere rambles; little tidbits of a myriad of things that are ebbing and flowing through my brain. They mean nothing to anyone, nor do they hold any value to me. They are just random, formless thoughts with no substance. And maybe now, I can sleep…
Okay, so it’s been awhile. No biggie. Been busy, is all. But had to write today because I just can’t believe the stupidity I’ve been seeing and hearing about everywhere all week.
For the past week, every time I turn around, I’m seeing and hearing people writing and talking about the upcoming eclipse and how animals’ eyes have to be protected. For fuck sakes, people, use your damn heads! Since when do animals ever look into the sun?! Get a grip, already! I swear that these days, people don’t have the common sense god gave geese. I mean really. How stupid have we as a society become that so many are actually falling for bullshit like this? Run out now and get your special eclipse glasses for your animals! Buy this for your dogs! Buy that for your cats! Get this and that and the other thing so your animals don’t go blind when they look into the sun during the eclipse!
Use your heads, people. THINK before you speak or write or spread this kind of bullshit everywhere. It’s not fuckin’ rocket science.
That is all.
The night is quiet. Peaceful. Soothing. It’s 2:35am right now and I should be sleeping, but my brain is just too wired up. So, here I am… and it is good. No planes in the air now, no traffic on the boulevard, no sirens… Just peace and quiet.
I don’t mind being awake. I have some time off of work, so I’m enjoying myself. I sleep when I need to, get up when I want to, and do with my time whatever I want to do. The proverbial cat is away, so I’m using this time to relax and just be. It’s wonderful to just be for awhile, especially after the crazy month I’ve had. A month that has included a massive, total overhaul at my work, and a very challenging client.
When the night is quiet like this, I can hear myself think. It might sound dumb, but I believe that being able to do that every now and again is important to one’s overall health and well-being. I feel that when life gets so busy and so hectic that we stop being able to hear ourselves think, we lose ourselves. So, I strive to appreciate those moments in time when I can hear myself.
The summer is slowly coming to a close. I can smell the changes in the air, and I’m starting to see leaves changing color. We’ve had a very hot, very dry summer so far; the ground is dry and cracking, many lawns are brown and either dead or dying despite being watered when it’s been safe to do so… But the nights are getting a little cooler and we’re reaching dew-point sooner, so at least the ground is getting some moisture. Perhaps the arrival of fall will get things more into balance.
That’s all I have to say.