December Discontent

Harsh

Shuttle service from BF McDo to Landmark. The song "Born in the USA" playing.

The driver turns the stereo off. Silence tells me a bad song has been played. A horrible tune's entered me without my permission.


Harsher
A Mandarin fell in love with a courtesan. She told him, "if you spend a hundred nights waiting for me, sitting on a stool, in the garden by my window, I will be yours." And the Mandarin placed a stool outside her window. Waited, sat for 99 days, whereupon he got up, picked up the stool, and left.
In the ideal, when I'm faced with the chance of rape of my beloved, I'd turn away. (Respect a requisite of love.)

But as in the real, I could never have my beloved, I'd take the rape, if the chance, presented. (Fortune knocking and never returning.)

Having some and having none.

Most checked out

A stranger who’s a friend

Peak of perfection

Retrograde

Sun-shower

Weekend (sort of) double bill

I'm a friend of Matthew's

Electric shock

The soul of Wit

Painlessly instructed: Notes on ‘The Consolations of Philosophy’

Travel advisory