From So Long and Thanks for all The Fish by Douglas Adams:

They looked at each other for a moment.

The moment became a longer moment, and suddenly it was a very long moment, so long one could hardly tell where all the time was coming from.

For Arthur, who could usually contrive to feel self-conscious if left alone for long enough with a Swiss cheese plant, the moment was one of sustained revelation. He felt on the sudden like a cramped and zoo-born animal who wakes one morning to find the door to his cage hanging quietly open and the savanna stretching gray and pink to the distant rising sun, while all around new sounds are waking.

He wondered what the new sounds were as he gazed at her openly wondering face and her eyes that smiled with a shared surprise.

He hadn’t realized that life speaks with a voice to you, a voice that brings you answers to the questions you continually ask of it, had never consciously detected it or recognized its tones until it now said something it had never said before, which was “yes”.


Oh man, sometimes my laptop makes me feel that way =).

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3 Responses to Fenchurch

  1. kejordan says:

    Awesome quote…

    great books, amazing author :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    from Korea with love

    My life’s answer to a happy and long life is not to attend Samsung corporate training, especially when deficient in Korean language skills. As exciting as some of the activities are, the lectures are not really in basic Korean that I can understand and the schedule is packed so tight, I have no time to learn Korean on my own and am living off an average of 3 hours of sleep per night as of today.

    I haven’t had a chance to use a computer for leisure long enough to write in my own weblog as most of our breaks are 2-5 minutes in length and our schedule starts at 5:55am with jogging in line for a few km and singing the Samsung song and army songs. Our schedule usually runs through midnight with some team project or activity which is usually due the next day. If you’re late waking up or coming back from breaks, there’s some punishment, which I haven’t really discoverd yet.

    Our activities so far included a team-oriented obstacle course (which was fun), a presentation on the Recruitment Process and a Quiz show on Samsung history/philosphies (I couldn’t fully understand any of the questions nor could I read the material), drama presentation (related to Samsung history), jogging every morning including several strange aerobic exercises (in uniform, wearing a fluorescent yellow hat and sweatsuit). I wish I could take pictures for you, but that would be too conspicuous, and we can’t get back into our rooms until after midnight.

    These computers really suck, laptops with many hardware and software problems, and 64MB of RAM. I’m really dying here, the team activities are horrible and my team demonstrates very few team skills. I’d like to push them around a bit, but my Korean isn’t really good enough to assume that role, which a roly-poly lazy piece of crap with very few redeeming qualities currently occupies. Since I’m pretty much the only one in training that doesn’t speak Korean fluently, they don’t make any accomodations. My eyes are incredibly sore, I got 1 hour of sleep today. But now I have to go because we’re rehearsing our gay drama.

    Lecture is really boring but you can’t sleep… they have video cameras and check if you’re dozing off and wake you up. They have video cameras everywhere, including the classrooms, computer rooms, and pretty much every hallway. I would not be surprised if they had hidden cameras in the bathrooms. Big brother is watching…


    • aj says:

      Re: from Korea with love

      wow chris, that’s insane. I also read your latest journal entry… how are you surviving with so little sleep?!