Friday, February 23, 2007

On The Wires Of My Nerves

What is going on?

I'm hurtling through this week, brain afire with the snap-snap-snap of electrified neurons. By sight I've found myself able to feel texture as well as see hue and shape. I was fascinated this afternoon by the irregular, bright green wrinkles of a kale leaf at Granvile Island market. Yesterday my breath was taken away by the luscious nap and sweeping line of a crimson velvet coat that I saw getting out of a car as I drove home from work.

Ideas have been frothing forth like the rich, foamy head on a pint of ale. Some are relatively wholly formed, others are fragments that I feel I need to somehow collect and store in some sort of mental sack. But they are coming so thick and fast that it's difficult to catch them all.

On top of it all, I'm swinging between giddy euphoria and crabbed irritability. This morning I gave an under-trained clerk at the Kingston-upon-Thames branch of Bradford & Bingley a severe tongue lashing by long-distance phone for her employer's utter incompetence. Later on, I was marvelling at kale.

It's probably a combination of averaging four hours of sleep per night, an aforementioned go-go-go time at work, and the floods of caffeine and adrenaline deployed to support it all. Yes, that's the most likely explanation. Just shut up, FiL, and go to bed. Leave the nice people alone.

But perhaps somebody slipped me a tab somewhere.

Or maybe it's something else altogether.

Cabaret Voltaire - Sensoria (buy here)
Shamen - Hyperreal Orbit (buy here)
Add N To X - On The Wires Of Our Nerves (buy here)


JC said...

But surely it's your crabbed irritabilty that keeps you alive and kicking.

I reckon you know the meaning of life but it doesn't help you a bit. And you know beauty and a good thing when you see it.

Sensoria - a great tune from under the floorboards. I'd forgotten just how good.

Anonymous said...

Fil, I know how you feel brother... I am the king of irritability lately

T&F@tlh said...


Go get some sleep!

Looking forward to seeing you.


mjrc said...

watch out world, fil's brain is afire! : )

i love it. enjoy it while it lasts. it's so much better to be hyper-attuned to the senses than to feel deadened or disconnected.

and tab, did you say tab? (flashbacks, perchance?) shhhhhh, who said that? ;-)

Anonymous said...

stay off the BC Bud!

Tim Young said...

How long IS your tounge exactly if it will reach Kingston from Canada! Blimey. I think you should get that checked out . :)

Rachel said...

Ahhh this sounds all too familiar...It's the 4 hours of sleep. You can really only keep it up for so long before you start tripping like Jerry Garcia at Woodstock. :-P

Hang in there dear FiL, hope you get some rest or a canvas and some paint to re-create some of these trippy visions you are having.

I will have to return for the tunes as my internet is taking a day and half to load them.


Crash Calloway said...

I tend to live in no-sleep land a little too often. It's when you start to see the little people constantly jiggling around out of the corner of your eyes that you can really appreciate it.