so sorry for the venting...i can be like that.
ok... so april does the quote thing... as will i
from one of the best books ever... Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. It's frickin brilliant. borrowed it from
"The Chinese discovered gunpowder by accident while trying to invent a potion that would alchemically lengthen life.
It is unclear what the Chinese were trying to invent when they discovered spaghetti. Perhaps the spaghetti noodle, too, was a byproduct of longevity research, of an effort to live a won, won ton; a futile attempt to avoid facing the question, 'Who's going to chop your suey when I'm gone?'
No matter. It may be prudent, however, for would-be immortals to bear in mind the Chinese experience. Seeking prolonged existence, they ended up with gunpowder, the elixir of death, not life; the propellant of history's innumerable tragic bullets, including the ones that felled Gandhi, John Lennon, and Bambi's mother-and the one that left Bingo Panama facedown on Royal Street."
talking to Colin