QUOTE OF THE DAY :
"Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible." - Francis Bacon
SONG OF THE DAY :
DJ Serious and Masta Ace - Again
LINK OF THE DAY : All Things Christie
Thus sometimes hath the brightest day a cloud;
And after summer evermore succeeds
Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold:
So cares and joys abound, as seasons fleet.
Meteor shower? No such luck tonight.
Every year around my birthday the Leonid Meteor shower takes place. Quite spectacular, given the proper conditions. Tonight at 4 am was the height of meteor shower. I was out on my back deck trying in vain to see anything, but the clouds weren't co-operating. I did see a few meteors, but the cloud cover made it too difficult to take in the whole show.
What always amazes me about Toronto is how quiet it is at night. Didn't hear a single car while I was outside, eerily quiet. So quiet in fact that I was getting a little creeped out. So I did what any normal person would do, I grabbed my sword. The Iaito is like my security blanket. Any neighbour looking out at me probably would have been weirded out, I cut quite a distinctive figure. Giant rust coloured blanket over my shoulders, blue pajama bottoms that look like MC Hammer pants, with a sheathed katana lazily resting on my shoulder, as I stared blankly into the sky at 4 am.
I was kind of lonely just standing out there by myself so I decided to bring the dog outside with me... Big mistake. Juno sat down in the chair outside, and she immediately smelled an animal of some kind, not just any animal... A skunk. The little bastard was on the lawn right below us, and the dog didn't like it one bit, she started to whine, bark and growl very loudly (4 AM!). With that the skunk raised its little tail and looked like it was about to stink up the place, I managed to grab the dog and run inside before the little asshole sprayed the backyard. Didn't get hit, nor did the dog but it put an end to my meteor watch.
Weather, animals, time of day... All the forces of nature were arrayed against me, I didn't stand a chance.
Even though I'm in the house you can still smell the skunk spray.
Better luck next year.