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Creatures of the Night, What Sweet Music They Make

Monday, October 28, 2013

My Friend,

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,

Your Friend,

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  • SUNSET09
    The sounds of the night and why is it that we're mostly bothered at that time?!? This is so appropriate in this "season" and I was quite intrigued! Unfortunately, not so much for you! emoticon emoticon
    Green Goodness may be worth trying as some of us eat because it is the thing to do. I'll update you on my results at a later time! Yes, the emoticon can be your friend as well as your enemy and I've resorted to weighing once a week! Try the measuring tape as well. Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2312 days ago
  • MMS48390
    Awww that is so sad to hear about the dog! I hope someone calls Animal Control to find that puppy a place to live where he will be loved. I have to admit, the stuff in the mason jar looks absolutely disgusting lol. There is no way I could do a liquid diet. I decided from the beginning I wasn't going to try any special diets because I want to make sure that whatever I do I can maintain for the rest of my life. I know that if I start a diet it will only last for so long. Is the liquid diet something you plan on keeping around forever or are you just trying to get a jump start on the first few lbs? What kind of workouts are you doing? Hope you get some sleep tonight!
    2312 days ago
  • _LINDA
    That is sad to hear how those people are mistreating that poor dog and that is exactly what it is. The humane society should be sicked on them. The dog is lonely and miserable and of course is going to howl -howling like that is sadness, if it was barking, its more protecting the property (and then the police can do something). A dog is not meant to be chained up 24/7 and can also run the risk of getting tangled and choke on one of those things.
    Not sure what kind of fad liquid diet you are on, but I hope you are getting all your nutrients like protein, some healthy fat (needed to digest some vitamins) and protein.
    Good luck with it all!
    2313 days ago
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