There are leaves covering the ground in reds and oranges and yellows and browns, but there are still leaves on the trees. In fact, all the trees are still completely full of green leaves.
The sky is always incredibly clear. There are never any clouds even when it’s raining or snowing.
A man comes into your 24 hour Dunkin Donuts exactly 5 times during every shift and orders a small hot black coffee, even at night. He’s always wearing jeans, a tshirt, and sunglasses, even when it’s -12*. You’ve never seen his car park, he just seems to appear in front of the doors.
You can tell the time by when you hear the T go by, but when you look, there’s never any train.
You were told to never go into the graveyards at night. Not because it’s illegal to go in when the gates are closed, but because of what those gates are keeping in.
Every October, the leaf peepers come. It’s always the same people in the same cars. You don’t know any of their names even though they’re temporary residents of your town for one week every year. And then they’re gone.
You get up for school and hear that it’s a snow day. Immediately, you get bundled up and run outside to play in the snow. You slowly begin to notice that there’s something wrong with the snow. It’s not snow at all. It’s ash.
You woke up one day and the trees were covered in crows. You don’t know where they came from, but just when you were starting to get used to their eyes watching you everywhere you went, they disappeared.
There are woods behind your house. They’re not very deep or dense and you can perfectly see your backdoor neighbor’s house from yours. But sometimes people go walking in those woods and never come out.
Your neighbor’s tomatoes keep growing after the plants died in the first frost. You see him out there in the middle of the winter harvesting his bright red tomatoes from the dead plants. He comes over one day with a basket full of tomatoes. They’re bright red and beautiful, but they smell like rot. You accept the gift, but don’t dare to eat them. You’re not sure what they are, but they’re certainly not tomatoes.
It’s snowing, but it’s 80* and it’s July. “We live in New England. Wait a few minutes and the weather will change,” they say. A few minutes later the snow is gone and it’s sunny again.
People keep talking about the moose hanging around town, but no one you know has ever seen one.
Your family has lived in the same house since the house was built in 1702. Your family has died in the same house since the house was built in 1702. You’ve met all of your ancestors.
You can’t leave New England. It’s not that you don’t want to or haven’t tried, it’s just that every time you try to cross state lines out of New England, you always end up back at your house with no recollection of returning there.
Do you mind the UU churches marching at pride? My UU fellowship has a long history of marching at Pride and I was planning on going, but as a bicurious ciswoman who is full up on romantic/sexual relationships (and they're all with men) I do wonder if I'm like...takin' up space at Pride that I shouldn't. Are allies from ra-ra associations like UU a good or bad thing?
Personally I love the UUs! (Unitarian Universalists) They’re super positive and tend to be on the more politically aware side, willing to bring up issues other than “rainbows yay!” And they’ve had gay clergy and been pro-gay since the 70s.
And I think for people who’ve been rejected from religious communities for their gender or sexuality, some may not want to hear from any religion ever again, but some are really comforted by seeing that there are churches that welcome them.
My only qualm with the UUs is that there were so many of them it was almost a little absurd. (This may just be a Massachusetts thing.) I wouldn’t mind if they’d organized a bit more to consolidate into one or a few groups, instead of “Please welcome the First UU Church of Lexington! Please welcome the First UU Church of North Lexington! Please welcome the Second UU Church of North Lexington!”
But that’s a small problem, and in general I think it was good to have them there. And a lot of the people marching were LGBTQ themselves so it’s not just an allies thing. (And dating men doesn’t mean you’re not bisexual, anyhow. I’m not saying you necessarily are, but it doesn’t preclude it.)
Haven’t had much inspiration to sketch or write even though I’ve wanted to so here’s some recent and some old photographs of mine (: Top two: East Texas. Next five: Gloucester and Rockport, Massachusetts. Last three: Reno, Nevada.
Despite Ciel sleeping this chapter, I think it gave big hints to how it may soon be time for him to “wake up.”
I’m writing this as a response to @midnight-in-town’s post here. Y’all should check it out! I’m just doing this separately because these additions are long and would be a little tangent-y.
Anyway, I wanted to add some comments to the last section with Undertaker and chapter 108! I’ve already talked about most of this with @midnight-in-town, but I’ll put the thoughts out there publicly so everyone can see. So if anybody else notices another a connection, please say!
As M-I-T had pointed out to me, in the room Lizzy is shown in with Ciel, there are cogs on the left:
Look at my lovely arrow from Paint, guys.
Now, there are two connections with this and they reflect perfectly with each other:
1. I connected cogs to the insides of clock. Now picture an old grandfather clock. There’s always a pendulum. Where else have we seen a big window, cogs, and pendulum?
That’s right, at Weston.
2. M-I-T connected it with cinematic records. As she pointed out, we’ve seen cogs before in chapter 60:
What do clocks and cinematic have in common? Time. Time is a human invention and it only stops at death. The cinematic records see what a person did with their time on earth.
And let’s not forget that in both of these scenes with the cogs, Undertaker was directly involved. Undertaker experiments with Bizarre Dolls to give them more time “alive.”
As I saw, in 108, Undertaker makes a reference to time:
Or rather, how it’s too early in time for Ciel to wake up. Though I swear some translations just say “it’s not time for you to wake up.” What is he waiting for? What time do we need?
As m-i-t saw, in 113, we see a picture of the changing moon when Lizzy is crying over Ciel.
Moons - as the sky in general - can be used to tell time. People use the position of the sun to tell the time of day, and people use the moon to tell the time of month. It’s all about cycles.
With meetings being held in Sphere Music Hall at specific times such as the 4th Saturday of the month, maybe it’s in accordance with the moon.
Perhaps Ciel cannot “wake up” until it’s a certain time in the cycle, such as the “New Moon” where he could make a “new version” of himself. Rebirth seems to be an aim for the cult, anyway.
This might be a loaded ask, but... What on earth started John Adams' hatred of Hamilton? Why did he dislike him so much that he basically made it his life's mission to do so in every way?
I made a post a couple weeks ago where I stated I think the Adams-Hamilton feud was the result of three things: personality conflict, political differences, and culture clash rooted in xenophobia (in that post I discussed Adams’s hangups about Hamilton’s being a Scotch West Indian). So let’s discuss some of the former.
Let’s start with the political. In actuality, Hamilton and Adams had a lot of political beliefs in common, though Adams was more of a moderate Federalist and Hamilton the leader of the High Federalists. Both believed in a strong centralized government and were wary of France. But there were some key differences: Adams did not trust banking systems, whereas Hamilton obviously wanted to consolidate the state banks into a centralized banking system that answered to the federal government. Hamilton believed a standing army was becoming necessary to combat European forces in the West, but Adams believe a strong Navy would keep them at bey.
But what really caused the political conflict started when, after Washington stepped down after two terms, it came up for a vote for who would take his place. Adams, naturally, thought as having been vice-president, he was the natural choice. Hamilton wanted someone more along High Federalist values, and so lobbied for Thomas Pinckney: in Hamilton’s ideal world, he wanted Pinckney as president and Adams back as vice-president (and he did the thing period to keep Jefferson from being either, remember this is when the person with the second highest votes became VP). Obviously it didn’t work, with Adams becoming president and Jefferson his VP. But Adams never forgot and never forgave Hamilton was his meddling - nor would the Republicans let him.
During Adams’s presidency, he inherited Washington’s Cabinet and didn’t make any changes. The Cabinet members, being High Federalists, increasingly started going to Hamilton for his opinions on matters. This, understandably, upset Adams, tho he never actually cleaned out his Cabinet until it was too late. Then he and Hamilton got into an ugly mess with regards to the army being built after the XYZ Affair and the Quasi-War - after making Hamilton the second-in-command, Adams began pushing for peace with France, which upset Hamilton who suspected France was just going to fake peace with America and then later use its connections via its allyship with Spain and land in North America to launch an attack. Adams got his peace (and Jefferson lucked out when France did begin sending troops to the New World) and disbanded the army. That, coupled with a lot of nasty personal remarks leveled at Hamilton made the latter issue an affair of honor against the POTUS, which Adams understandably ignored, and then that pushed Hamilton to release the infamous Adams Pamphlet.
Then the Election of 1800 happens, and since it obviously worked so well the first time, Hamilton pushed the Federalists to vote for Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and withhold enough votes from Adams to make him the VP again. Many factors ended up getting the Republicans elected (the biggest ones being the 3/5ths Clause, and Cotesworth Pinckney’s cousin Charles Pinckney straight-up bribing South Carolina electors to vote for Jefferson and Burr) but Hamilton got the blame and Adams never forgave him for his loss of a second term.
With regards to the personality conflict: Adams was an older statesmen, had been part of the Revolution since Massachusetts started the thing, and so believed he was due a degree of deference he frequently didn’t feel he was getting. He was utterly appalled by what he felt was the lack of respect he was getting from Washington’s administration, being stuck in the Senate where people wouldn’t listen to him. But then Washington’s listening to Hamilton, this young “upstart” in Adams’s view, giving him responsibilities and seeking out his counsel. This was a problem when Adams became president. Hamilton was used to having older statesmen seek out and agree with his opinions, but Adams found this aspect of Hamilton insolent. Hamilton found Adams’s snubbing of him, that he wasn’t grateful for his opinions, to be degrading.
They were also both really bad at compromising when they believed themselves to be in the right opinion, they were both extraordinarily indiscreet, very vain, and both seemed to have a sort of “fuck this I’m going to blow this mother up” mentality when things got to their boiling points rather than keep level headed.
Now had they both sat down and actually got it all out with one another, I think things might have turned out for the better. But Adams always aimed his hatred of Hamilton to anyone who wasn’t Hamilton, meaning Hamilton was getting all of this info from his friends who were telling him that Adams was saying all of these terrible things about him (that he’s an agent of the British, constant snipes at his illegitimacy, etc.) that Adams would refuse to admit or source; Adams had been much the same with Benjamin Franklin. Which was a bit of a core difference: Hamilton’s hypersensitivity made him start issuing challenges when he was insulted; Adams stewed on abuse for years before confronting it via a third party (he didn’t respond to Hamilton’s pamphlet against him until nine years later, five years after Hamilton’s death when Hamilton couldn’t counter).
There was also things about Hamilton that Adams just found morally repugnant. He, of course, found his adultery to be a sign of weak character, tho later used this as an excuse to believe the worst in Hamilton whenever he heard - or made - an amorous story about him (Timothy Pickering said Adams collected such stories obsessively). He also had huge hangups about Hamilton’s illegitimacy, basically believing that good fathers produced good sons, and because Hamilton was born a bastard, he was exempt from ever being capable of good character.
Tbh it’s really tragic that Adams and Hamilton just constantly assumed the worst of each other because if they had been capable of working together, things nationwide might have had better outcomes in the long run.