Last night, a snake slithered alongside me for about 5 minutes on my way home. Seems we were headed in the same direction. I asked him what sort of snake he was, but he didn't respond. I asked him if he was at all dangerous, and he didn't attack me, so maybe that was a non-verbal "no." I wondered if it was auspicious to walk along with a snake. I hoped so.
Now, I'm thinking maybe NOT.
The moment I left my apartment this morning it started to rain, and I was running too late to climb back up the four stories to get my umbrella. On the way, I saw a cute puppy ahead who sometimes lets me pet him. He was lying on the side of the road in the rain. I noticed he wasn't breathing just as I saw his tongue lolling out of his mouth and his eyes glazed over.
I should have turned around and went home, but I couldn't.
The three advil I took in the morning battled my crazy-achey lower back and LOST, and as they wore off, that ache spread to every muscle in my body. By my 5:00 o'clock class I was shivering, but radiating heat like the sun.
I remembered yesterday, when one of my students sitting beside me was being a smart-ass and over-emphasized his "T" when I corrected him. He spat all over my face, and right in my eye.
Obviously we can come to the logical assumption I now have either spinal meningitis, or ebola. I think I can feel my insides liquefying, and I expect to start bleeding from my eyes and ears shortly.
If ever a snake slithers up to "walk" with you, run away and take some vitamin C.
*Edit: (10:21)I just took my temperature. It's 39.1C (102.4F.) Yep, definite liquification going on!