Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Yeah, It's Pretty Much Like That

I'm not so angry anymore, which is nice, and even nicer for those around me, as the Joker has lost that haunted look he was starting to get around the eyes. Unfortunately, I have apparently replaced the Angry with the Crazy, because I have lost my mind entirely. In the past weeks I have:

- Cut myself relatively severely with A. Scissors, and B. Paper.

- Missed my stop on the last metro and wandered drunkenly around suburban MD at three in the morning until I literally coerced a non-working cab into driving me home.

- Was in the same actual physical room as Kiefer Sutherland.

- Did not die of heart attack while in the same physical room as Kiefer Sutherland.

- Decided, once again, that it was a good idea to trim my own bangs.

- Reaffirmed that it is, in fact, NOT a good idea to trim ones own bangs.

- Did not make an appointment to get my hair done for fear that she will yell at me about aforesaid trimming.

Are you getting the drift here? I AM NOT WELL, PEOPLE.

But at least I am not alone. I go crazy, I bring the troops with me. I will leave you with an actual, barely edited conversation between myself and S today:

What Aurochs Have to Do With Law School, Or, A Defense of Kosher Pork

: Sigh. I canNOT believe I am about to seriously ask this question, but what was the name of the giant wild cow that the Russian "made up”?

I actually need it to make a point in animal law.

S: You're kidding. Okay, I'm trying to remember the cow. Do you have any more context?

Citycat: It was his going away party, we were sitting around your living room before we ate and he brought up this giant cow thing, and we laughed, and he wikipediaed it, and we accused him of making that up, too. And then the Brit said something insane and we all believed him because he's British and we determined that American’s believe anything said with a British accent.

S: An auroch!

Citycat: YES!

S: You're referencing aurochs in animal rights law?

Citycat: Thanks, how on EARTH did you come up with that?

S: Because I know about them. I was big into ancient animals for a while when I was a kid. Particularly big versions of current mammals.

Citycat: No, not aurochs per se. We are looking at the Japanese and Norwegian arguments towards whaling.

S: The name's about all I remember now.

Citycat: And I wanted aurochs as an example of a wild animal species going extinct because we ate it.

S: Gotcha

Citycat: And that sentence seems funny to me, even though it's actually sad.

S: "Because we ate it" just sounds like it should be a punchline.

Citycat: I know. (Continues reading). Miso soup is whale? Ew.

S: Wait, what? I always thought it was vegetarian.

That would be a particularly cruel joke.

Citycat: (Reads more carefully). Apparently it has varieties.

But yes, that would be a special kind of evil

S: Ha! When I said soybeans, I actually meant whale!

You are now cast out from the ranks of vegans.

Citycat: That is just mean. I eat meat happily, and wouldn't eat whale.

S: Yeah. I eat stupid animals.

Citycat: Or dolphin. Or veal or lamb, because I pick and choose my ethical stance on meat based entirely on friendliness and cuteness.

S: (grin).

Citycat: So many sentences in this conversation are striking me as hilarious.

S: Hey, I'm completely behind basing your value system on aesthetics.

Citycat: That is true, you have an uncanny ability to base ethics on aesthetics instead of anything remotely moral.

S: :)

Citycat: I mean, who can really get worked up about a chicken?

S: I was thinking, that may in effect mean that my entire system of morals is itself amoral.

Citycat: But I have to add taste I guess, because I do feel bad about pigs, because they are smart, social animals and what happens to them is terrible.

....But bacon is sooo delicious.

S: Yeah. Pigs are where my statement about stupid animals falls into hypocrisy.

Citycat: Yeah. I should stop eating pig

Or, only eat humanely slaughtered pig

S: Kosher pork.

Someone should sell it.

Anyway, I have to run

We'll continue this absurdity later.

As will I, y'all.

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