Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
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A case of Barreling Whale

Take a retriever. Take its ohboyohboyohboyohboy enthusiasm and its propensity to run into things. And, in a dream, transfer those qualities onto a fifty-foot-long whale.

I hope dream-Port of San Diego has forgiven me for unleashing this on it last night.

Last night’s dreams had a theme, in fact, and that was “enthusiasm.” Not the kind that DeNiro talked about in The Untouchables before beating on the brat to death with a baseball bat, but that happy enthusiasm. I dreamed of being at an airport with Dad, who’s had experience with flying things, and he was enthusing about an airship at that airport that could launch at Vomit Comet trajectories; I dreamed of being in the basement of a cool, 60s-ornate library and “Weird Al” Yankovic, of all people, enthusing about the place.

Enthusiasm. It’s possible. And neat.

Back to the whale. I’d gotten the whale, somehow, to the bay San Diego sits on, and was trying to arrange for it to get fed, which was a little hard with not always knowing exactly where the whale was -- ah, the metaphor of ocean, still waters running deep and with unknown depths and all that -- but then BOOM there it was, popping up out of the water and somehow (whoa) smiling, and barreling around so that boats and swimmers needed to get out of the way (I almost wrote “scurry,” but it’s HARD to scurry in water), and the whale seemed constantly on the verge of running into and damaging stuff -- and I’ve read Nathaniel Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea, about the sperm whale attack that was an inspiration for Moby-Dick, and even if I hadn’t read that I would know how much damage that that much barreling whale can cause, so: yeah. There was scrambling.

Still, it was exciting.

So! Good morning. At least I hope it’s good.
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