8 October 99
Killing frost last night-- wiped out three out of four of the
impatiens-- and I had to turn on the heat. Rats!
Summer is over and the back door is shut for the night.
Well, I couldn't finish the Eric Idle book Road to Mars. I
read about half, then it began to feel like slogging, so I went
quickly over the last of it. Some of the observations on comedy were
very interesting. The Kinky Friedman, Armadillos & Old Lace,
was very good; the Spenser, Hush Money, was good, but I have
never been able to believe his girlfriend, Susan. Never. She seems
more like a delusion or hallucination than a character, so I
generally ignore her. Today I stopped by the library and
picked up The Metaphysica of Avicenna (ibn Sina) by-- get
this!-- Parviz Morewedge. I've been waiting for this book since
August; had to get it through Providence College. There are two
more I'm still waiting on...
I've been drinking tea-- herbal tea since I developed the distaste
for coffee. It's nice really because now I can have a hot drink
at night. Tonight it's Yogi Bhajan's Millepertuis Commun
Melange de Tisane (tout naturel; sans cafeine).
("Melange de tisane" is a mixture compounded for medicinal purposes.)
The box says it
contains, among many other things, 850mg per cup of St. John's Wort
leaf and flower tops. I don't
believe I need an antidepressant, I just ran across a whole collection
of the Yogi's teas at Ocean State Job Lots and decided to try some.
Since OSJL is a remnants and truckload store, the price is right.
There's no expiration date on the box, of course, but it tastes okay
-- got a bit of anise in it... and ginger, fennel, fenugeek, cardamom,
cinnamon, lavender, spearmint, clove, black pepper... prpbably won't
do me any harm. What the heck? I got some really good chocolate cookies a few weeks
ago for 99 cents. The bag was all in Italian. I think
the expiration date was October 98, but I can't be sure. The
cookies were excellent and I'm still here to tell the tale.
I hope they get them again sometime. I'll buy two bags.
Well, I've got to get back to work. Even though I am, technically,