rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,


Earlier in the year, each day began with a single bird perched in the mulberry tree outside my window, emitting loud, rapid chirps. Lately, each day has ended with a single bird perched high in a ponderosa, emitting slow chirps which are probably as loud, but diminished by distance. Being nocturnal, I always found the morning bird's cheerful noise irritating. This evening bird's call I find pleasant, if somewhat melancholy. It reminds me of stories with sad, truthful endings that couldn't be improved upon.

Though the clouds did not return today, there was a bit of that haze which, in this climate, accompanies an unaccustomed humidity. I have heard rumors of the weather in Los Angeles. (By rumors, of course I mean television weather reports, but rumors is a more melodramatic word, and I'm in the mood for melodrama rather than dry facts.) The recent vapors by which we have been visited are outliers of a tropical storm system a greater part of which has descended upon the southerly part of the state, bringing considerable mugginess. I remember summers like that. Most years, the summer skies of Southern California are monotonously blue (or brown with smog), but in certain years the storms which usually are confined to the Mexican coast drift farther north, and the result is that Los Angeles' weather takes on an almost Caribbean quality.

I remember one particularly spectacular summer thunderstorm which sped across the city one evening, leaving in its wake flooded streets filled with tattered leaves and fallen branches. In the midst of its passage over my neighborhood, two transformers nearby exploded, minutes apart, one of them a block to the west, from which I saw radiate a light brighter than the sunset. To have seen this brief spectacle was well worth the two-hour power outage which followed. Now I'm a bit envious, knowing that the fortunate denizens of the city could have such an experience this year. Unless one of those tropical storms that is going walkabout manages the rare feat of reaching the northern part of the state, I am far more unlikely than are the Angelinos to get to see such an event. Ah, well. Maybe Oroville will be destroyed by a tornado.

Rare on-line quiz posting:

the Wit
(52% dark, 39% spontaneous, 38% vulgar)
your humor style:

You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you're probably an intellectual, but don't take that to mean you're pretentious. You realize 'dumb' can be witty--after all isn't that 'the Simpsons' philosophy?--but rudeness for its own sake, 'gross-out' humor and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat. I guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer. Your sense of humor takes the most effort to appreciate, but it's also the best, in my opinion.

Also, you probably loved the Office. If you don't know what I'm
talking about, check it out here:

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Jon Stewart - Woody Allen - Ricky Gervais

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 99% on dark
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You scored higher than 99% on spontaneous
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You scored higher than 99% on vulgar
Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman on Ok Cupid

That I scored higher than 99% of all the other test takers (of my age and sex) on all three variables suggests to me that either I'm very strange, or the people (of my age and sex) who take tests at that site are an uncommonly dull lot.

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