Saturday, May 14th, 2005

It was a dark and stormy night.  “Of course. *sigh*”
A face-to-face meeting between Agent 3.1416nn and The Boss’s sleeper agent in the U.S. Senate was not just a dreadful risk; it was damned difficult to engineer.  Agent 3.1416nn could only hope that she had gotten the flag telling her where and when the meet was to be, because making it through the access vent in the roof and then swimming through water in the tortured route that was the only access to the meeting place was just the beginning of peril.  The meeting place itself was fraught with peril…
At last! Air again!  But what was that? Poison gas?  And it was so very dark.  Was the lid down?  No! It was a big fat hairy butt!  And that was the stench!  A plop! Another plop! Gag!  Blinded by excrement and entangled in paper, Agent 3.1416nn was temporarily unable to move.
At last, some light and fresher air!
Then a shout! “No, Bill, don’t flush!” Hillary screamed, as Orlando B. Squirrel (AKA Agent 3.1416nn) experienced a perilous case of the swirlies… No! Can’t! Climb! Out! 
“I’ll make you pay for this, Kofi!” Orlando swore as he disappeared into the bowells of the sewer system.
Back to you, Dan.
Who reads poetry any more?  You know, the stuff that has rhythm and rhyme and actually says something interesting?
He tried to brace his spirit with lines of poetry, which he murmured aloud. 
“How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!”
Again, he’d spoke louder than he thought. Reverend Jones frowned. “Sounds like something from the King, although I don’t recognize it. Since when did you become an Elvis Presley fan, Larry?”—1634: The Galileo Affair
(“Elvis Presley.” heh)
Alfred Tennyson
It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match’d with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.
I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees: All times I have enjoy’d
Greatly, have suffer’d greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone, on shore, and when
Thro’ scudding drifts the rainy Hyades
Vext the dim sea: I am become a name;
For always roaming with a hungry heart
Much have I seen and known; cities of men
And manners, climates, councils, governments,
Myself not least, but honour’d of them all;
And drunk delight of battle with my peers,
Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.
I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’
Gleams that untravell’d world whose margin fades
For ever and forever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!

As tho’ to breathe were life! Life piled on life
Were all too little, and of one to me
Little remains: but every hour is saved
From that eternal silence, something more,
A bringer of new things; and vile it were
For some three suns to store and hoard myself,
And this gray spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.
This is my son, mine own Telemachus,
To whom I leave the sceptre and the isle,–
Well-loved of me, discerning to fulfil
This labour, by slow prudence to make mild
A rugged people, and thro’ soft degrees
Subdue them to the useful and the good.
Most blameless is he, centred in the sphere
Of common duties, decent not to fail
In offices of tenderness, and pay
Meet adoration to my household gods,
When I am gone. He works his work, I mine.
There lies the port; the vessel puffs her sail:
There gloom the dark, broad seas. My mariners,
Souls that have toil’d, and wrought, and thought with me–
That ever with a frolic welcome took
The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed
Free hearts, free foreheads–you and I are old;
Old age hath yet his honour and his toil;
Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,
‘T is not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. Proverbs 6:9-11
Off to the great adventure: Time to mow the lawn…