Wednesday, February 20, 2008
(8:14 PM) | Adam Kotsko:
Talking About the WeatherLast night, I read until fairly late, so I decided to watch a movie this morning rather than try to get to work immediately. On Brad's recommendation, I had gotten Chinatown from Netflix, and I really enjoyed it.
Normally I open the blinds every morning in an attempt to get as much sunlight as possible, but I have noticed a glare on the TV in the morning, so I left them closed. As the movie progressed, I found myself feeling more and more warm -- in fact, I even considered going outside voluntarily. About halfway through, I realized that without external clues, I was becoming convinced that the weather in Chicago matched that of the movie: Los Angeles during an especially hot summer.
Opening the blinds was naturally depressing, revealing that it was in fact 14 degrees out and the ground was interspersed with deadly ice patches. Suddenly my way of fighting depression -- letting the sunlight in -- became a way of inducing depression.
I consoled myself the best way I knew how: online chatting.
(Tedious blog posts are not a consolation -- they are a procrastination method. I have only a little under 20 pages left in Church Dogmatics II/2, but I can't bear the fact that I'm still reading it. My desire to finish will win out before the end of the night, I'm sure, but for now, I'm finding it more appealling to skip straight to "not reading it.")