By Nicanor Parra
Translated by Liz Werner
In Santiago, Chile
The days are interminably long:
Several eternities in a day.
Like the vendors of seaweed
Travelling on the backs of mules:
You yawn -- you yawn again.
Yet the weeks are short
The months go racing by
And the years have wings.
I spent lots of time Friday watching, reading and discussing the news (see previous post for details). The rest of my day wasn't all that eventful: I wrote a (short, uninspired, but fairly positive) review of Star Trek: The Next Generation's "Captain's Holiday", picked up Adam from school in the pouring rain, exchanged letters about Daniel's health class with his high school principal (likely conclusion: by the time we can get this resolved, it will be two weeks into the school year and not worth messing up his schedule), had dinner with my parents and found ancient treasures in the drawers in my old desk in my childhood bedroom...how the map of the world has changed in 30 years.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is in the news because it has a great white shark in its Outer Bay exhibit, which we saw when we were there in July. Here are some more photos from the aquarium, both inside the exhibits and from the balconies outside overlooking the water:
The Friday Five: How many times a day do you...
1. Brush your teeth? Two, sometimes three.
2. Shower? Usually once.
3. Check your E-mail? Dozens.
4. Check LJ? Once or twice.
5. Eat? Three meals, usually a couple of munchies.
Fannish 5: Name 5 characters you think are often misunderstood by fans.
1. Rose Tyler, Doctor Who.
2. Elizabeth Weir, Stargate: Atlantis.
3. Eowyn, The Lord of the Rings.
4. Buffy Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
5. Kathryn Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager.
Hope everyone in Gustav's path is getting safely to high ground!