i think that as i grow older, i am getting more comfortable with the idea that sometimes it is necessary to "rip the band-aid." life isn't always fun or enjoyable, and i am getting better at being able to gain some perspective, even as the unpleasantness ensues. and, funny enough, "parachutes" by coldplay always seems to be the appropriate soundtrack. in other news, 400 years ago on this day, Guy Fawkes attempted to force quit the King and Parliament of England simultaneously, by rented a vault under the House of Lords and stuffing it with gunpowder. penny for the guy? and in related news, if you have not read alan moore's "V for Vendetta," a modern day Fawkesian story, i demand that you do forthwith!