I’m alive, and being alive is fantastic

November 30th, 2006

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B,

Did I mention that I got my old car back? Not sure if I did, and I definitely don’t have the time to move my hand slightly and leaf through our old letters so I’ll assume I didn’t. She’s real pretty looking, but… hey… there’s a cat sniffing around the tires right now! I park her out back, behind the office, where I can look at her whenever I want. I’d take a picture, but I want to keep this one for myself. Like Tom Hanks in Private Ryan.

Because the thing is, almost all travel over the past 5 or 6 years has been viewed through that car’s windows, you know? So, like, even when I was driving through the deserts of New Mexico, or plains of South Dakota, it was the same frame. I was in the same lovin’ embrace. So, I like to think that part of those adventures lives on in this vessel. I go to the far away supermarket just because I get to drive her for a while, and the world looks better through her windows. It sounds better over her engine. Am I getting through to you, Ben? Is there anybody out there, there, there?

So I think my hearing is better, though my ear still rings. I think it’s gone, and then every night around sleepy-boy-time, and I surround myself with stuffed animals, two by two, each to his own kind, and cuddle up in my bed (”The Dream Ark”), and I hear the ringing, which totally blows the mood, btw.

Yesterday I also got a couple Amazon packages in the mail. One of them being my new incredible soldering iron that shoots out jets of 900 degree air and melts metal and cures or causes cancer, depending on your needs. I also got The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, which is what Joel Robinson from MST3K said was his favorite movie as he departed the Satellite of Love in his final episode, Mitchell. It wasn’t a very good movie, alternately depressing and goofy with claymation. But, I do enjoy this line, which was Joel’s favorite as well:

“The whole world is a circus if you look at it the right way. Every time you pick up a handful of dust, and see not the dust, but a mystery, a marvel, there in your hand, every time you stop and think, “I’m alive, and being alive is fantastic!” Every time such a thing happens, Mike, you are part of the Circus of Dr. Lao.”

xo,
Charlie (f4-e3)

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