Monday, August 09, 2004

Report: Day 150 

Ok. According to Benrick I was to "spend [the day] underwater and feel the fish within." This is more difficult than it may at first seem. I was delighted that it fell on Sunday and I had a fighting chance of complying. There is no way that my employer would have permitted me to set up one of those wading pools at the reference desk. No way.

So I started the day with a bath. I ordinarily take showers, not baths. Soon the water began to get cold and I couldn't help but think about the fact that everything I'd just removed from my body was floating in the water around me. I knew this wouldn't do.

So I got out of the tub and filled a vase with water. Then I completely submerged my left arm. I kept my left arm in the vase for the next 11 hours or so. I carried my vase around with me and despite some difficulty managed to go about my day with an arm underwater.

When I finally removed my arm the skin on my hand was puckered and pale, my fingernails were soft and the cuticles were blue. These problems cleared up, more or less, in about 2 hours. This morning the skin on my left palm is peeling.

Today is dinosaur day.

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