Creatures of the Night, What Sweet Music They Make
Monday, October 28, 2013
My night was unintentionally vampiric. My new "neighbors" are inconsiderate to say the least and their dog kept me up all night. It is a large dog and they leave chained to a tree in the backyard. The poor animal stays in this condition night and day, as far as I can tell. It spends countless hours lamenting its sorry state by barking and howling. I was reminded of the quote from Dracula,
"Creatures of the night, what sweet music they make"
I have never actually hear howling before, other than in the movies. It is a terrible, sad noise. I suppose I am allowing some personification, but the dog sounds miserable and lonely. The people next door are renters. They have only been in the house for a few months and already they are proving to be yet another wonderful addition to the neighborhood.
The noise kept me away until past 3AM. I finally called the police. I am not sure if they ever actually showed up. I managed to drift off from shear exhaustion before the matter was settled, one way or the other. I occupied the hours having very bloody thoughts about these new people. It was all very Gothic and gory - in keeping with the theme of this blog.
The morning of day one is going well. I had coffee and a mason jar full of something called Green Goodness. My wife picked it up at the store. A few months ago we tried making our down juices, but it was very time consuming and expensive. Most of them were also disgusting. This one is by Bolthouse Farms. They sell it at Stop and Shop. It tastes pretty good and it seems to expand in my stomach. I am not hungry at all, but then again I am rarely hungry and yet I eat. They real test will be when I get home. I am at least occupied at work and there is no ready supply of food. This is not the case at home. The refrigerator is diabolically close to the couch.
My plan is to have a mason jar of some blue concoction for lunch and to go for a walk. I probably won't update this again until tomorrow. Call it a cliff hanger, we'll see if I can make it through even one day with out solid food.
On an administrative note, I have decided that I will weight myself once a month, on the first. It occurs to me that the scale gives both false hope and irrational condemnation in equal parts. It is better to avoid it day to day.
Wish me luck,