Saturday, April 01, 2006

1,156 miles

Today I feel odd. Yes, that's odd, not old. I feel old every day. The best way to describe it is by quoting from one of my favorite books, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Ford was very kind - he gave the barman another five-pound note and told him to keep the change. The barman looked at it and then looked at Ford. He suddenly shivered: he experienced a momentary sensation that he didn't understand because no one on Earth had ever experienced it before. In moments of great stress, every life form that exists gives out a tiny subliminal signal. This signal simply communicates an exact and almost pathetic sense of how far that being is from the place of his birth. On Earth it is never possible to be further than sixteen thousand miles from your birthplace, which really isn't very far, so such signals are too minute to be noticed. Ford Prefect was at this moment under great stress, and he was born 600 light years away in the near vicinity of Betelgeuse.

The barman reeled for a moment, hit by a shocking, incomprehensible sense of distance. He didn't know what it meant, but he looked at Ford Prefect with a new sense of respect, almost awe.

I finally looked up, using Gmaps, just how far away I am from my parents' house. 1,156 miles. This really should be no big thing, I mean HI, I lived in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawai'i. Umm 2400+ miles if you draw a straight line. Seattle is less than half of that, and nowhere near 16,000. 1,156 is literally how many miles you cover driving door to why does it feel so much further away?

I think this is me wondering what oh what am I doing here. I am floating around with little to no purpose right now. Well, I do have one, given to me by my mom just tonight. Maybe someone out there can help?

I'm in search of a 21" Bart Simpson plush doll. Very important. There's a little 3 yr old that is in desperate need of her very own Bart. I keep finding 12" ones, but my mom's specifically said I'm lookin', but any help would be greatly appreciated.

Once that's done I can continue my floating :).

1 comment:

Morris said...

get it custom made!

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