But there are times, like today, that I feel the lack. I mention this because I had another bike mishap today, and I'm kinda bunged up. Took a chunk of meat out of my forearm, dug a little patch off my ankle, and it feels like I chipped another notch outta my tailbone.
But I walked away from it (even if my bike needs some time in the shop.) And as I was walking home I took out my phone and then had to think about who I could possibly call. My parents? They don't want to know how dinged up I get riding in the city (my mom wants to drive me to each dog already, and if she could, she'd sit at the door with me at the bar, just in case anyone said anything mean to me. Thanks, mom.) I have a couple friends in town, but they've got loved ones of their own, and if I called it would sound like I was either bragging or seeking sympathy. Which I'm not. (To clarify: this post is not fishing for any "poor baby"-type sentiment.)
But when something like this happens I'm forced to really look at that empty space. When I damaged my hands working at the brewery, I remember one night coming home from work in pain and my girl taking my wounded hands in hers and saying "Oh, my poor honey's paws..." and that still brings a little acorn into my throat.
Would that I could do the same for someone. I like the making soup and tea and getting blankets and aspirin and watching movies role of caretaker myself (although not all the damn time.)
If only there were a number to call-- like an escort service-- but instead of peroxide blondes with waxed this and pneumatic that, a nice girl would come over in sweatpants with a couple movies and some ginger ale and a pizza and gasp in horror at the bloody hash of my arm and sit with me on the couch and get my cane for me and refill my cup and curl up with me while we watched something dumb on TV. Wouldn't even need sex. Just a little doting.
But frankly that might be even creepier and sadder than calling a prostitute. And since I'm no longer insured and have no more pain meds for my swelling back and posterior, I'm going to make do with two cats and some Tylenol and maybe I'll order myself a pizza pie.
And you know what? I've shaved, and I still have bad turns of luck-- so I'm going to grow that fucking mustache, and damn the consequences.
And in other business, here's a meme about books everyone talks about but many people haven't read, as kyped from Ltmurnau.
"These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users. Bold what you have read, italicize those you started but couldn't/didn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list."
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude Sorry if that makes me a heathen. Just couldn't get into it.
The Silmarillion...said the big fat nerd.
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Moby-Dick Tried to reread it recently, but I couldn't make it.
Ulysses I know, how can I say I'm into tedious overwrought writing if I've never read this one?
Pride and Prejudice
A Tale of Two Cities Read it in high school and decided I wanted to grow up to be Syndey Carton. I've got the drunken part down...
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the West Looooong before it became a musical, thank you.
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian: a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead I'm not one for banning books, but maybe an age restriction?
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible: a novel
Angels & Demons
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
The Corrections In one long day, if you can believe it. And even in that concentrated form, it seemed watery.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Lost the copy I was reading, just never bothered to pick up another.
Dune *** Fear is the mindkiller.
The Prince Prince is the mindkiller. Wait, no...
The Sound and the Fury Picked this up at like 18, and the first five pages just kept beating my dumb ass until I gave up.
Angela's Ashes : A Memoir
The God of Small Things
A People's History of the United States: 1492-present
Cryptonomicon Not what I'd call an inspired ending.
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake: a novel
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas And I liked it.
The Catcher in the Rye* Read it again to see if I could figure out what the big deal was by reading it again. Nope. Still like some of his other books though.
On the Road Meh.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics: a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: an Inquiry into Values Buh?
Watership Down*** Spooooooky bunnies...
Gravity's Rainbow******* Too often to count.
The Hobbit**** First time as a wee lad, and I go back to it ever few years.
The Three Musketeers