Anticipation....

.... the past three evenings have worn the most amazing dusks..... flanked by high thunder clouds to the north and south, the setting sun has blazed golden everything that it has hit...... and today it happened again for the third day in a row..... trees, grass, and even the very air itself is hued....

... I've seen the air colored like this before, of course.... usually when we're expecting a tornado the sky will go yellow and the breezes will calm..... so it has been more than a little unnerving to watch this happen just before the sun dips down behind the Cumberland plateau - leaving us in darkness & anticipation of a storm which doesn't come...... life's like that, I guess...... whatever you THINK is coming usually passes...... it's the times when you think you have the tiger by the toe that you suddenly get ambushed......

... in other news, I visited a book sale at one of the local high schools the other day and made out like a proverbial bandit.... I bought 37 volumes of Time-Life's WW II set (there are originally 39 in the set) for 55 bucks..... it's pretty damn awesome when you can spend fifty-five dollars, and end up with so many books that you need a dolly to haul them out to your car......

... I also purchased a copy of "Fix Bayonets" from 1926 for five dollars...... it is a book that I read many years ago and have quoted on this blog a few times..... and I certainly look forward to reading it again.......

... and then, in an absolute fit of insanity, I bought a dog-eared copy of "Walden; or, Life in the Woods" by Thoreau...... good god, give me strength....... once upon a time I loved reading Emerson and Thoreau.... but now?.... well, methinks that I have perhaps dug one too many ditches by hand to begin hanging on their ideals again like I did as a nipper.....

.... Life in the Woods wouldn't have been nearly as bearable for him had Momma not been a few cornfields away baking cobbler and roasting goose.........

by Eric on July 27, 2010 | Bullshit (5) | TrackBack (0) | Thinking
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Fix Bayonets is an excellent work. I hope that you got the version with the author's pen and ink illustrations.

Bullshitted by Jay Stribling on July 28, 2010 12:39 AM

My dad used to get lots of books from the end-of-the-year-throw-away-books at the school district. He gave me quite a few - some good - some not. In fact, we had our own get-rid-of-old-books last time we moved.

Bullshitted by Lou on July 28, 2010 06:50 AM

We haven't had any truly excellent sunsets lately. I wish I was down there so I could take pictures - that would be cool (if I could manage to get it to look right - that's always the rub with photos though - LOL).

Bullshitted by Teresa on July 28, 2010 09:40 AM

I never had much good to say about Thoreau either. I was forced to read that in college, and, after discussing the backstory in class, it seemed the blathering of a fancy pants dandy to me. Needed his ass properly beat, methinks.

He sure was no Bob Marshall or John Muir or Walter Anderson.

It takes all kinds, as Momma would say.

Bullshitted by Andy on July 28, 2010 11:30 AM

Life in the woods is *rarely* all it's cracked up to be... :) Personally I am looking forward to clearing the timber and creating a safe haven. But then I am a Momma - and I like cobbler. ;)

Bullshitted by Richmond on July 29, 2010 07:15 AM