November Flare

By: Gustav Hoiland

Nov 06 2012

Category: bike polo

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Aperture:f/8
Focal Length:73mm
ISO:1600
Shutter:1/2000 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Shadow Pursuit

A nation will collectively claw at its throat, grasping for words of victory after standing for what, like, 90 minutes in a strangely silent line of fellow citizens? But I, I will not be so wound up. Instead I plan to stare at a darkish ceiling under warm covers, letting my mind wander about, occasionally stopping to ponder my choice to ingest those exquisite squares of sleep-defying chocolate.

It wasn’t until David Foster Wallace mentioned, rather off-hand if I remember correctly, the increasingly visual activity one experiences just before sleep that I realized that transition of consciousness even existed. There’s the first minutes of bed when you kind of ease in, warm up, and adjust. Then there’s the kind of intermediary thinking stage. But at some point it shifts.

And I’ve taken more pleasure lately in being aware of this. Part of it is the comfort of certainty – yes, you will sleep tonight, and shortly. But it’s also indulgent in this more cerebral way, where I can revel in observing my own body’s slide into the dreamscape, where I will undoubtedly play bike polo with the presidents as Beck and Colbert heckle from the sidelines.

Man that chocolate was good.

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