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December 13th, 2006


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11:27 am - Optical illusions (sort of) and a fic rec
So, yesterday, I left work at dusk (eye appointment to get to). There was a bit of wind picking up, but I didn't really notice, since I was focused on driving and listening to my Christmas music, and hoping there wouldn't be traffic so I could actually get to my appointment on time.

I'm driving behind a couple of cars, nearing my intersection to turn, when something flies up at my windshield. A lot of somethings. I don't know where my brain was at, because I not only flinched, I threw my right arm up in front of my face. The things clattered against the glass, but only lightly--a bunch of windblown beech leaves. I have no idea if they caught a bit of light, or what, because I remember thinking just before they hit that something must be on fire, that those were cinder or coals coming at my car.

It's a good thing my body is trained to stay in my lane, because I almost swerved. Stupid brain with its fight-or-flight response.

(Maybe I shouldn't be reading Supernatural fic...think that might have contributed? *g*)

I had much fun trying to drive home after my eye appointment, too; I had my eyes dilated, and let me tell you, driving through a city after dark is weird. Bright halos around every single light source (streetlight, headlights, taillights, storefronts), obscuring details. Also, I'm a little surprised that no one at the Christmas party I went to later last night asked me if I was on drugs--because boy, my eyes sure looked like it.

Okay, for anyone who likes a bit of horror and banter, and is (like me) vaguely acquainted with Supernatural, go read Crossing the Line, by b stearns. Lovely writing, a decent ghost story, and some excellent action/adventure. Plus brotherly angst.
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From:jd3000
Date:December 13th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
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It's just too bad it's impossible to voluntarily control pupil dialation, that'd be a heck of a party trick, imitating Bruce the Shark from Finding Nemo. ;-D

-JD
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 13th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Eh? They shouldn't have let you drive in that condition.
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 13th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Trust me, I wouldn't have tried if they hadn't said it would probably be okay (in the lit office, there weren't halos, just a bit of wobbliness at close-up things--and even with the halos outside, it didn't mess with my depth perception or anything like that. Just the reading of names on street signs in the dark kind of stuff. And I knew where I was headed). It was just a weird enough experience that I thought I'd mention it in my LJ.

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