June 9th, 2006

hopper_summer_evening

Nocturnal

I've been getting some terribly slow Internet connections of late, and more than a few that were hardly connections at all. When downloads fall below 1Kbps, and even then are only intermittent, waiting for a page to open becomes unbearably tedious. It is all the more annoying that this is happening in June, when the night are brief and I like to spend as much of them as possible outdoors, not sitting in front of a computer screen. If I'm stuck here, I might as well be asleep.

But the dwindled nights of June seem barely long enough to contain a nap, let alone a proper sleep and proper dreams. I'm most pleased to be nocturnal as the solstice nears. Were I otherwise, I might see no night at all this time of year. To live constantly in sunlight would be a dismal thing. The northern latitudes would be all but unbearable to me through the season of extended daylight, redeemed only by the hours of lingering dusk.

Tonight, there were fewer than eight hours of true darkness, and I find myself resentful of dawn's approach. Not that I'm ungrateful for what night I had, and for the cooling of the air it brought, but I'll feel a sense of deprivation until July has mostly gone, at least. Earth's servile bow to the sun is shameless. I can never quite forgive it.
laszlo moholy-nagy_chx

Baaaah!

There were lots of little sheepy clouds today, gathered in large and small flocks, all of them slowly moving north. If they continue to graze, the night sky will offer pleasant viewing. The moon will be full on the 11th, so it's already large and bright and will light the passing cloud flocks. Also, the air's a bit cooler than it's been for the last couple of nights, so I'm feeling a bit better- except for my neck.

I don't know what the deal is with my neck. For about a week now, something has been out of place. It gets better for a day or two, then gets worse again. I get occipital headaches, and the muscles all around my neck are sore. For a long time I've had this one vertebra at the base of my neck which stuck out a bit farther than I thought it should. I intended to have it checked out, but never got around to it. Now I notice that it's not sticking out anymore.

So, I don't know if something has recently gone out of place, or if that one vertebra was already out of place and has now spontaneously gone back into its correct position, or if I'm suffering the consequences of some combination of the two. Whatever it is, it's extremely annoying, and I've got no chance of getting to the chiropractor until sometime next week at the earliest.

Oops! I just sneezed, and that made it worse. I think I'll go stand under the shower for a while. Stupid vertebrae!