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- 1 November 11th, YDAU - Gately and Joelle
- 2 ☽ - Randy Lenz: Rats, Cats, and Dogs
- 3 Early November, YDAU - Rodney Tine and the Samizdat
- 4 November 9th, YDAU - Pemulis wanders the E.T.A. offices at night
- 5 November 11th, YDAU - Lenz and Green Walking
- 6 Hal Counts His Breaths
- 7 Lenz and Green, cont.
November 11th, YDAU - Gately and Joelle
shots of whiskey chased with beer
i.e., the barkeep
This must refer to the Cumberland River, which flows into the Ohio near Paducah, in the western part of Kentucky, close to Joelle's home town of Shiny Prize (see page 237).
a time-keeping device for musicians, typically a pendulum-like machine that clicks to provide meter
rich and sumptuous clothing or equipment
a Type and a Symbol
These words are used by Mr. Hooper to describe the veil he wears in Nathaniel Hawthorne's story, "The Minister's Black Veil".
☽ - Randy Lenz: Rats, Cats, and Dogs
the Plymouth Duster was a sporty compact available from 1970 to 1976
as from as 12-gauge shotgun
enzyme-multiplied immunoassay technique
i.e., "easy see"
New American Library
Ticknor and Fields was a publishing house eventually bought by Houghton Mifflin in 1880.
Page 540 (cont'd)
a type of dinosaur
tending to breed vermin
the shattering effect of an explosive
a wide-ranging array of things
A Program of Attraction
AA refers to itself as this, meaning that it doesn't need to advertise.
EST and Greenwich Mean
Eastern Standard Time and Greenwich Mean Time, the latter of which is determined at the Prime Meridian, or 0º longitude
probably the Dow Jones Industrial Average
a reference to the Nikkei 225 index of the Japanese stock market
neologism: Euro[pean] + trochaic; here, describing the alternating two-note sound of a European emergency siren (trochaic being the adjectival form of "trochee," a metrical foot of poetry comprised of two feet, stressed and unstressed)
inflammation of the pouches of the colon
i.e., gone awry
Principles of Psychology and the Gifford Lectures on Natural Philosophy
"William James’s Gifford Lectures of 1901–1902 have been heralded by some as the greatest lectures ever to be presented in the series and perhaps the most seminal of his works (alongside The Principles of Psychology). Published initially in 1902, The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature has stood the test of time and been republished thirty-six times."
About .70 ounces, this is a lot of cocaine.
Year of the Maytag Quietmaster
about 22 lbs
light sensations in the eyes when light is physically absent
the tendency of mainly overweight people to stop breathing intermittently in their sleep
Early November, YDAU - Rodney Tine and the Samizdat
the District of Columbia
perhaps the Office of Naval Research
sphere of operation or influence
Page 548 (cont'd)
not a real word
probably Northern California
code for "stakeout in progress"
New Iberia LA
a city about 50 miles southwest of Baton Rouge
having had a needle stuck into the base of the skull
Undercover Special Operations
positron emission tomography, a kind of medical imaging technique
November 9th, YDAU - Pemulis wanders the E.T.A. offices at night
November 11th, YDAU - Lenz and Green Walking
firmly twisted yarn
cut, as in weakened the potency of a drug by adding another substance
about 1.1 pounds
a misspelling of mannitol
Page 555 (cont'd)
"...go find a short pier..."
and take a long walk, being the implication
an aquiline nose
spasm on half of the face
Normally a noun ("parallel") and referring to light, here it's used as a verb (gerund) and refers to sound.
Probably Lenz means "crucifixes."
song of mourning for the dead
To Project and to Swerve
a pun on the police motto "To Protect and Serve"
the major metabolite of cocaine
an organic chemical found naturally in coca leaves
the simplest of the caroxylic acids
a type of benign tumor
bleeding from the nose
uncontrolled spasms of the eyelids
another name for hemiballismus
the lips of the mouth
a misspelling of Pagliacci (Clowns), an opera by Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857-1919), an Italian composer
extreme production of urine and, thus, need to urinate. The correct greek-latin term should be diuresis extrema, diuresis being a feminine noun.
fear of fear
a neurosis that has to do with one's ability to deal with society
also known as rosacea
a red nose caused by amassing of granulomas there
the property of things working together
formation of false memories
inflammation of the muscles of the tongue
Page 557 (cont'd)
coolness of the blood (from French)
an ornament attached to a pocket watch by a chain
Pronounced "shammy," this is a cloth or piece of leather used to shine a surface.
Track and Flange
not a real magazine
energois de vivre
something like "energy of living," although energois isn't a French work
the estuarine (saltwater) crocodile
American Dental Association
Lenz means aikido.
a small piece of luggage
alternate spelling of Taiji
an alcoholic beverage distilled from a cactus
Caballero (Spanish for "gentleman") is what he means.
Latin for "in glass," this term is used to refer to experiments that happen in test tubes. Lenz means in vivo, i.e., in utero.
Hal Counts His Breaths
turning light into energy, as plants do
a tree native to Africa and India
family of lions
Lenz and Green, cont.
the cartilage separating the nostrils
Lenz means Shangri-La, the utopia of the novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton (1900-1954), a British author.
Lenz is referring to the Kama Sutra.
a city in Massachusetts about 50 miles south of Boston
i.e., a poofter, a vulgar term for a male homosexual
also known as the Shawsheen
This would seem to be a cross between "ravenous" and "rapacious."
piles of feces
plural of fetus