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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-10-15 05:20
Subject: [personal] Walking the worm carpet
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Tags:omaha, personal, tourbillion

It rained all night here in Omaha. So naturally I went for a long walk this morning, around 3 am. My feet got very wet on the Big Papio Trail, which rather mysteriously dead ends in a small meadow near the intersection of Maple and 120th, necessitating an extensive detour through squishy ankle-deep grass and mudholes.

The odd thing was the worms. They were out on the trail in regiments, veritable invasions of annelids. After I while, I stopped trying to avoid stepping on them, because that wouldn’t have been humanly possible unless my feet were about the size of the base of a bowling pin. Most of them seemed to be torpid, or already drowned, but some were having enthusiastic worm sex. I guess nothing says “orgy” like rising flood waters in your tunnel home. A few were huge, eight, nine inches or more, and big around as my pinkie. They weren’t screwing, but rather, moving with a purpose across the glistening concrete and the scattered bodies of their smaller similars.

Almost two hours after I set out I was back to the hotel with my thoughts in hand. There I showered, and worked on Tourbillon for an hour, but I have not been able to get the image of walking the worm carpet out of my mind. Slippery when wet, rolling slick, pink-to-gray in the scattered shadows of distant streetlights, they live in the Midwestern soil only to come out in orgiastic drownings.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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Twilight
User: twilight2000
Date: 2008-10-15 13:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm only gonna say this once, Jay. Getting up at 3 am *clearly* warps your brain.

:>
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-10-16 01:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My mother tells me it's eccentric.
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Twilight: GoneMad
User: twilight2000
Date: 2008-10-16 05:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:GoneMad
That's one word for it ;>
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Jeremy Tolbert
User: the_flea_king
Date: 2008-10-15 14:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What a waste of good bait!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-10-16 01:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Dude, with that many worms, you could catch Moby Dick.
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The NewroticGirl
User: newroticgirl
Date: 2008-10-15 15:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
After a good rain back home, the worms would all go hang out on the sidewalk. Like mass worm suicide. It was really weird. Dunno that I've noticed it quite as much around here... I guess Jersey worms have issues. ;)
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calendula_witch: Lizard
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2008-10-15 16:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Lizard
Ugh. And me with a stomachache already.
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2008-10-15 16:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Gotta love a good worm orgy. There's not enough unpaved surface area in my region for such things.

Now, I'm glad you had a nice nature walk, but get back to work. I finished ESCAPEMENT yesterday, and this interminable wait for TOURBILLON is asking too much of me. Snap to, Lake, and entertain me some more.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-10-16 01:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Gotta dance...!"
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2008-10-15 17:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, you've discovered one of our best-kept secrets: our earthworms! Mwahahahaha! Where do you think the Great Plains got such hyperabundant fertility? Eons of earthworm-treatment, that's where! They are our FRIENDS! Just ask Charles Darwin.

I even have nostalgic memories about earthworms: http://threeoutside.livejournal.com/14877.html
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-10-15 21:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was just thinking about how I haven't visited this blog in a long time and I'm going to have to catch up on my reading. I click my bookmark and this is the story I see. Damn. It's nice to know nothing's changed.

t.sheehan
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-10-15 23:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just doing my part to raise the tone!
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