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Archive for November 16th, 2005

This morning, I was running late (as usual), it was kind of rainy, and really dark, and I just wasn’t feeling it.  I needed some inspiration. 

BUT – never fear – the DJs at magic 102.1 knew exactly what I needed.  I needed to hear Man in Motion – and remember that St. Elmo’s Fire is burning in me – the theme song for all of us who don’t know what to do with our lives, our terminal crushes, our bitching wife and child, our dying stepmonsters, our cheating boyfriends who want to marry us and get us pregnant, our political careers, and our raging cocaine habit in the first few years out of college. 

So, I called Jennifer, and as luck would have it she was already at work – which I saw as a sign from God that it was going to be a good day – and I turned up my car stereo quite loud – and let her share that special moment moment with me –

"
I can see a new horizon underneath the blazin’ sky
I’ll be where the eagle’s flying higher and higher
Gonna be your man in motion, all I need is a pair of wheels
Take me where my future’s lyin’, St. Elmo’s Fire

I can climb the highest mountain, cross the wildest sea
I can feel St. Elmo’s Fire burnin’ in me, burnin’ in me

    Just once in his life  –  a man has his time
    and my time is now!, I’m coming a – live!"

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Sea Wolf

Josh recommended Sea Wolf by Jack London to me the other night at dinner.  We were discussing old books we liked and discovered we both love Jack London, but I had never read Sea Wolf.  He said he would bring me the book, but I ended up checking it out from the library the next day.  I don’t know what it is about novels, but sometimes I MUST have one immediately.  Sea Wolf is about a man who is a gentleman scholar and falls off a ferry ship in the San Francisco harbor in a fog, is swept out to sea, and picked up by a seal hunting ship and forced to be a cabin boy for the remainder of the voyage, by the harsh Captain, Wolf Larsen.  The symbolism behind Wolf is that he is Satan – and I might give more excerpts as we go along. 

Captain Wolf  is a self educated man who revels in conversation with the narrator, Hump, who is the first truly educated man Wolf has ever had the opportunity with whom to speak his thoughts. 

Here is an excerpt I read this morning:

"And, Hump, I can tell you that you know more about me than any living man, except my own brother."
    "And what is he?  And where is he?"
    "Master of the steamship Macedonia
, seal hunter’  was the answer.  "we will meet him most probably on the Japan coast.  Men call him ‘Death’ Larsen"
    "Death Larsen!"  I involuntarily cried.  "Is he like you?"
    "Hardly.  He is a lump of an animal without any head.  He has all my – my-"
    "Brutishness,"  I suggested
    "Yes, – thank you for the word, – all my brutishness, but he can scarcely read or write."
    "And he has never philosophized on life,"  I added.
    "No,"  Wolf Larsen answered, with an indescribable air of sadness.  "And he is all the happier for leaving life along.  He is too busy living it to think about it.  My mistake was in ever opening the books."

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