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May 13th, 2004

Cold journeys in the Heat

Tuesday night the sneezing began. By Wednesday morning, my voice had that deep, crusty, quiet effect that only a good illness can bring. All day Wednesday I sneezed those cinematic, "I exist in this moment only", lost in the experience sneezes. They're so fascinating, and yet a distraction from work.

I had too many things I promised to send out or do Wednesday, so I
could not leave for home until after five. But I made it through the day in relatively good order, and last night slept that "few hours asleep, few hours awake" sleep that comes in such situations.

I don't often get colds. The last one I had was in 2000, when a Summer swim on a curiously chilly morning, coupled with inadequate sleep, brought on one of those low-grade somethings or others which lasted for months. This particular cold seems more like a Spring fling, that sets in, and, given proper bed rest, will fade away.

Tonight I am supposed to volunteer at the pro bono legal clinic, but I am torn--on the one hand I don't want to be infectious or exhausted, but on the other hand, I don't want to miss a chance to pitch in.

I will sleep nearly all day Saturday and Sunday. That's usually my best remedy in times like this.
I love the edited autobiographical nature of the LiveJournal experience. Sometimes the autobiographies are not "really real"--a few folks I read "shift persona" from journal to journal, lots of folks edit liberally, and even those who, like myself, seek to be frightfully earnest and sincere must cope with the blindness that any one person has about him or herself. I never say that my journal "is" my life, but instead it's a form of honest, wholesome musical comedy.

But I thought it might be fun to ask folks to write out something
that might help me understand other folks better. You know, I'm not good at that "meme" 'ask me anything', because all the things I would want to ask I should know already or would feel intrusive asking. But interconnection is a wonderful thing. Why not disguise the search for interconnection in the form of a request for a three paragraph essay?

So go all revelatory for me. Here's how. Write three paragraphs in the comment. Begin each of the paragraphs with the following lines:

Paragraph One: "I'd like to share a quirky thing about myself that I've never written about in my journal:...".

Paragraph Two: "I want to tell you a small, seemingly insignificant story about a relative of mine, that may help you better understand me. It happened when....".

Paragraph Three: "I can easily imagine that someone reading my journal might misunderstand me. It bothers me sometimes to think about it (and even affects how I post). Let me tell you something I wish people did understand about me, and why this matters to me".

Would you like to play? The band is striking up, and it's your time to sing!