Thursday, April 17, 2008

How Dry I Am...

The title of this post is taken from an old Bugs Bunny cartoon. It was a song that Bugs was singing while in the shower. I always wonder who will catch a reference like that. I am usually confident that people roughly my age will get it, but take someone 15 to 20 years younger and those old Looney Toons cartoons are a little out of their scope. Mostly because many of those old classics have been censored. I find censorship ridiculous and even more so when it concerns cartoons, but that is a discussion for another day.

The air here is really dry. Not really a surprise, seeing as I am in the middle of the Mojave Desert, but you really don't notice it until you are forced to have it as a piece of your lifestyle. I am forever blowing my nose and not because of allergens, but because my nose is simply producing a lot of mucous to compensate for the dryness of the air that I am breathing. I could get more descriptive, but I am sure most have already lost interest in my nasal passages.

I woke up tonight around 10pm after going to bed at 3pm. Sorry Matt, for not answering the phone. Obviously, I slept through the ringing. Anyway, the first thing I did was get some writing done. I have managed 1600 words so far this week, so I am doing okay, but I am still behind a 4000 word pace. After writing, I cooked myself some pasta. And yes! I did indeed have sauce on my pasta. (It's a long boring story for those of you who do not get that reference.)

Anyway, I was listening to a podcast called, "I Should Be Writing", featuring Mur Lafferty. I did not like the show at first, because I did not care for Mur's radio "personality". The show has managed to grow on me, mostly because the content is pretty good, although, I have grown more accepting of Mur's idiosyncracies. How can I not? If anyone is loaded with idiosyncracies, it is me.

The show featured an interview with Jared Axelrod, who seemed like a truly interesting person and I really liked his ideas in spurring creativity. I plan to listen to the podcast at least once or twice more and I am pretty sure I will implement some of his ideas into my own lifestyle. If you haven't even tried listening to a podcast, this is one I'd recommend just because it typifies the relaxed and personal nature of the medium, while still providing interesting information. The episode was posted on April 8th, and is special episode #30. At the moment it is at the top of the list of shows, but if you come back at a later time, you may have to scroll a bit to find it.

After eating, I turned on Mike and Mike in the morning on ESPN radio and cleaned my apartment. Getting back to the full circle concept, over 80% of dust in your home is supposedly dead skin cells from the people who live there. A concept that I have heard many times, but the quantifiable figure I give was given to me off "The Naked Scientist". A British podcast that I have since given up on due to the dryness with which English people present information. Whatever group of scientists sat around in a lab to feverishly determine this number obviously never checked this figure whilst living in a desert. I keep my doors open quite a bit to allow in fresh air. It is quite nice, however, as the air flows from one side of my apartment to the other a grit seems to get deposited on many of the surfaces of my apartment. Mostly in the path that the wind blows (which should be obvious).

And so I conclude my driest post to date with the report

1 comment:

John said...

Pat, "How Dry I am" has a double twist. Not only did Bugs Bunny sing it in the shower, it is actually a drinking song as well. It is used in some other cartton of the time...whenever a character was "drunk," he would sing the song.