Good night, dear readers,
I feel that I’m justified in wishing you a good night because as I write this it is, indeed, night. I do not necessarily wish for you all to go to bed immediately, if you’re still awake then by all means, continue as you were.
The two final wrap-up appointments were completed today, and after the second was completed we bid a speedy adieu to Rochester. Land of Pepsi. I forgot to mention this, but there is literally NO COKE to be found in Rochester! For a hopeless Coke (capitalized to distinguish from the street drug) addict like myself, this was nigh intolerable and definitely not conducive to a recuperative stay. Anyways, I’ve distracted myself.
Short post today is short. Because I’m very tired, I’ve travelled all day and have a long way to go tomorrow. I’m at the Artos Motel in Harvey ND, surrounded by such thunderheads as I don’t think I’ve ever seen. This isn’t mere exaggeration. The inter-cloud electricity exchange is constant and astonishing in the magnitude of that consistency. It seems that everywhere but directly above our car has, for the last few hours, been bombarded by a primeval blitzkrieg, such that I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that an entirely novel form of life has been initiated during the night. The kind lady at the motel desk told Dad and I that “worst case scenario, you’re in the bathtub”. Ooookay. Clearly we are turistas here, because my first thought was “Oh, it’s the worst case because if you’re in a tub and lightning hits the building, you’ll be electrocuted somehow. Oooooh wait.”
I have to take a moment to acknowledge the tragedy that occurred today in Norway. At least 87 people are known to be dead; 7 as a result of a detonated bomb in a government building in Oslo, and 80 people were later shot at a political youth rally. Most of those 80 departed were kids 14-18. This is beyond sickening, and my heart goes out to everyone affected.