Monday, December 17, 2007

Winter is No Friend of Mine

A Moment in Time
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“I couldn't help it. I can resist everything except temptation.”
Lady Windermere's Fan, Oscar Wilde —

The late-night indulgences of winter do not welcome the mornings when one has to get up early to go to work.

Since I am curled up in the comfort of my blankets, I can barely hear the radio announcer, but the repercussions resound loudly nonetheless—“35 mile an hour winds, making the ‘real-feel’ temperature—9,” drawing out that nine like an unexpected punch to the gut.


I pull in the blankets tighter. I turn off the bedside lamp I’ve got on a timer. I turn down the alarm-clock radio.

Last night, in the midst of boisterous revelry, e-harmony and somatic bliss, it was quite easy to dismiss all the lessons learned and convince myself that this was indeed the way to go—“Less is more,” I implored, “Less sleep means more pleasure.”

How can one resist such simplistic temptation?

I couldn’t.

Hence, here I am, paying the price, facing the consequences of my life unrestrained and unplugged


Guess I’ll just have to dope up on extra caffeine this morning. Guess I’ve got to get out of bed after all, albeit “Call in sick, call in sick,” keeps playing round and round in my head. Guess I should rethink giving into whims and the pleasure of pleasant company—the next time.

Alas, it will certainly have to be the next time.

Nonetheless, I hope I forget.

Because regardless of the fact that the weather outside is frightening, and the vestiges of my wayward ways enlightening, it was well worth it.

Believe was well worth it.

“Knowing that the things one loves are dangerous lends indulgence a kind a piquancy, the drama of teasing at the far edges of danger. After a hard day of pulling cheese out of prepared sandwiches and ordering my salad with dressing on the side, I enjoy my gin martini with a twist of all the more knowing it's bad for me. As a result, for most of us, life is a weird mixture of bottled water, whole-wheat bread and complex dietary supplements broken up by reckless bouts of coffee drinking, dessert consumption and car travel.”
— A Shock to the System, Mark Kingwell —


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