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Rain, Reading, and Ruminations

To quote a good friend of mine who lives near Manchester (the one in England), today it has been simply throwing it down. That is to say, it's friggin' pouring rain hard enough that Shannon and I have been keeping our eyes peeled for arks.

Our street has become a river. No shit. Whenever the rain becomes particularly bad for a few minutes at a stretch, our street becomes curb-to-curb water. I pity the poor people who drive cars through this crap! Of course, those of us who are on foot would probably have an even harder time. I choose to stay inside with dry feet.

Damn. Should have gotten our gutters cleared out before the rainy season. I have muttered this to myself innumerable times this winter.

In other news, after reading a kind comment from run_atreyu, I've been feeling much more positive about reading The God of Small Things. She helped me remember that reading isn't a race, and that I don't have to read all books at the same speed. Yes, I would love to be able to sit down and read all day long (which was pretty much possible with Once Upon A Winter's Night), but this particular book doesn't lend itself to that way of reading. I don't have to gulp down my food, and I don't have to gulp down my books, either. So I've been reading The God of Small Things today, off and on, and enjoying it immensely with a lot less Evelyn Wood anguish.

Geez. Sometimes I write things in this journal that make perfect sense to me, often references that I find amusing or apropos, and then afterward I wonder whether I should explain them so that I don't seem all pretentiously obscure. But y'all know Evelyn Wood, right? She of the speed-reading classes?

As Mr. Douglas (AP English teacher during my senior year of high school) used to say, a joke explained is a joke lost. Perhaps I should just make my obscure little references just as I would in my private diary, to amuse myself, and let the rest of you flounder helplessly in an ocean of Kimberlyness. Doesn't seem sporting, though.

In other other news, I have decided to amuse myself by submitting an icon to the i_contest contest this week. Thus far, my super secret submission (I'm not supposed to tell anyone which one is mine) has received a decent enough number of votes so that at least I'm not embarrassing myself. I don't take the whole thing seriously -- particularly since voting depends heavily on the aesthetic sensibility of the average member of the community, and I have no idea how mature/intelligent/artistic they are as a group -- but I may continue to participate if I find the experience sufficiently amusing. I must admit that I enjoyed voting, so I may continue to participate in that way even if/when I don't submit icons to the competition.

Hey! While I've been writing this journal entry, the rain has slowed to a trickle! Woo hoo! Rain rain go away, come again some other day. Oh ... wait ... except that I have to leave the house and wander all over town tomorrow, and I'd rather not get rained on then. So ... uh ... rain, stick around today, and leave me alone tomorrow. Damn. That one doesn't rhyme. And everyone knows the weather gods only listen to rhymed requests. Hmmm. Rain rain, stick around today ... take a hike tomorrow, while I'm away?

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rashaka
Dec. 29th, 2003 05:15 pm (UTC)
Did you get that nice, loud, public service announcement for flooding? It interrupted our Pay-per-view showing of Xmen 2.
I went out a few minutes ago to drop something at the mailbox and get gas-- it was awful. I felt like a semi-drowned rat, and probalby looked it.

I clicke don the link for the icon contest that you did. I couldn't possibly guess whihc was yours. I did love the weirdness of the TV set /anime icon in bracket four.

Can you explain i_contest to me? I got an invite to join their community last week, but haven't done anything about it really.
kimberly_a
Dec. 29th, 2003 05:35 pm (UTC)
Did you get that nice, loud, public service announcement for flooding?

We don't have a TV or radio on in our house today, so we didn't hear a public service announcement, but I completely believe you. It was raining so hard last night that it kept waking me up!

I clicke don the link for the icon contest that you did. I couldn't possibly guess whihc was yours.

After looking at the contestants, Shannon guessed correctly which was my icon without even needing a second try. I guess he knows me, eh?

Can you explain i_contest to me? I got an invite to join their community last week, but haven't done anything about it really.

It's just a community that has a weekly contest.

- Each week Wednesday they announce a theme for that week's competition (this week there was no theme, it was "free choice").

- Members have Wednesday through Sunday to submit an icon for the week's competition (deadline: 11:59pm Sunday). You simply submit your icon as a comment on the appropriate post (they screen comments, so that your submission will only be seen by the maintainers of the community, maintaining anonymity for the contest).

- The full list of contestants is announced each week on Monday and voting begins. (Icons are divided into groupings for ease of voting.)

- Each Tuesday, the voting is narrowed down to the finalists (icons which received the most votes on Monday). Voting between the finalists begins.

- Each Wednesday, the winners are announced (and the new theme is announced).

Other stuff: You're supposed to keep secret which icon is yours, so that it doesn't become some kind of ballot-stuffing popularity contest.

Does that make sense?
christophera
Dec. 29th, 2003 07:02 pm (UTC)
Guessing
For some reason I think your icon is "I will not fear the dark". When the contest is over, tell us.
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