Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Orange-colored glasses

Forget rose—an orange outlook is what you want in gray weather.

This is a strange summer: rain in mid-July. I can't remember the last time this happened. But I am well-equipped.

Earlier in the year, when I bought some glasses for cycling, the pair I picked out came with three sets of lenses: dark for bright days, rose for the other days, and orange.

"What does the orange do?" I asked.

The guy at the bike store said that the orange lenses don't really do anything, except that when you wear them in the rain, they make everything look brighter and they cheer you up.

It's true.

As I rode down hill in the drizzle with my books and clothes stowed in a plastic garbage sack inside my cool-but-not-too-functional KUOW messenger bag, I felt happy. Summer still looked pretty good.

So if the rain has you feeling blue, you might want to find some orange glasses, too.

As for writing, I'm still coding HTML. And I'm getting all my best ideas for and about poetry at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning—which is when my half my brain wants to work and the other half claims that my body needs its beauty sleep. Maybe tonight, one side or the other will win.

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