Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Phantom Tollbooth

I had this sudden flashback of all the books I liked when I was a kid. It's weird when you really start trying to actually remember the stories and they all come back to you...kind of an eerie feeling. It's usually the illustrations I remember most, like these little pen and ink sketches from the Phantom Tollbooth. I haven't seen these in probably 15 years, yet they're so fresh in my memory. I think I'm going to have to reread this one.

"At 8 o'clock we get up, and then we spend
From 8 to 9 daydreaming.
From 9 to 9:30 we take our early midmorning nap.
From 9:30 to 10:30 we dawdle and delay.
From 10:30 to 11:30 we take our late early morning nap.
From ll:00 to 12:00 we bide our time and then eat lunch.
From l:00 to 2:00 we linger and loiter.
From 2:00 to 2:30 we take our early afternoon nap.
From 2:30 to 3:30 we put off for tomorrow what we could have done today.
From 3:30 to 4:00 we take our early late afternoon nap.
From 4:00 to 5:00 we loaf and lounge until dinner.
From 6:00 to 7:00 we dillydally.
From 7:00 to 8:00 we take our early evening nap, and then for an hour before we go to bed at 9:00 we waste time.
As you can see, that leaves almost no time for brooding, lagging, plodding, or procrastinating, and if we stopped to think or laugh, we'd never get nothing done."

-The Lethargarians, inhabitants of The Doldrums.

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