Wednesday, September 07, 2005

mid-semester blues

I am becoming a hunchback. Constantly curled over the keyboard like a question mark, my body has forgotten how to stand up straight. The sun is alien to me. A strange luminosity I squint at through my windscreen on my way to work or school. My skin—translucent at the best of times—is an even whiter shade of pale these days and all this caffeine can't be doing me any good.

Thanks to prolongued (computer) terminal exposure, I can no longer see more than a couple of feet in front of me. When I try to focus on a point a greater distance away, my lenses struggle and give up, probably figuring that everything I will ever need to see is available in .jpeg or .tiff format anyway. That vague fluttering I saw at the bottom of the stairs on campus this morning could have been a long-lost friend waving. It could have been a plastic bag caught on the railing. I'll never know. It doesn't matter much anyway, I stopped answering my phone last weekend. There's just no point: "No I'm busy. Yes tomorrow night too." If anyone does manage to engage me in conversation, I spend most of it trying to remember if it was Frank Kermode or Samuel Coleridge who said that Kent was the most individualised of Shakespeare's characters, whether or not the em dash is before the semi colon in the hierarchy of pauses and mentally re-writing leads for my article on relationships and culture shock.

I'm perpetually grumpy. I'm existing on toasted cheese sandwiches. I'm starting to get used to the headaches.

I'll call you when it's over.


Blogger Jax said...

You are my hero :-D Well, I am getting myself into Honours English next year, with the aim to end up in a PhD in Informatics a little longer down the track.

I just wish I didn't live so far from the uni! That's one of those other things I'm planning on changing next year though, as well.

Wed Sep 07, 08:20:00 pm 2005  
Blogger Calaloola said...

You are mad, boy, mad!

But congratulations, if it's what you want to do :)

Wed Sep 07, 11:32:00 pm 2005  
Blogger transience said...

ouch, honey. my friend keeps on chiding me when i get all bummed out by the things i do. he says, "chin up, it's just life." but i guess if you're already a ?, that statement is pretty hard to swallow.

Thu Sep 08, 11:45:00 am 2005  
Blogger Calaloola said...

hey trans ;)

i love this: "... but i guess if you're already a ? that statement is pretty hard to swallow" (!)

And don't mind me, I just needed a bot of melodrama to get through this week. The load is lessening now, and in a few weeks the whole sub-par school experience will seem like a bad dream. Bring on November!

Fri Sep 09, 12:31:00 pm 2005  
Blogger finnegan said...

the school experience won't seem such a bad dream when you're hunkered down in the real world. Or is that just me?

As you'll never get such "free time" as I now sounding like a chiding parent? Hell, I hope so, hehe.

It's just that I pine for those poor-boy days when I was free to think about how to change the world.

Glad as Gumby whenever you stop by my blog!

Sat Sep 10, 02:43:00 am 2005  
Blogger RuKsaK said...

Love the look and read of this place - high time I linked you and so I have done so.

Fri Sep 30, 10:09:00 pm 2005  
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Blogger transience said...

missing calaloola.

Fri Oct 28, 03:59:00 pm 2005  

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