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- 1 Don Gately Remembers
- 2 Hal Wakes Up (Maybe?)
- 3 More Gately History
Don Gately Remembers
an infarct is when a piece of organ tissue, usually in the brain or heart (stroke or heart attack, respectively), is deprived of oxygen for a period of time because of a blockage or thrombosis, and either dies or is significantly weakened
the running back farthest from the line of scrimmage
a defensive player who plays a few yards behind the line of scrimmage and behind one end of the defensive line or the other (as opposed to inside or middle linebackers, who are behind the center of the line)
a 4.4 40
He could run 40 meters in 4.4 seconds.
"...in a flaming L.A...."
This would make the year 1992.
"some Finest got home-movied..."
This is a reference to the Rodney King beating.
a large exterminator company
vodka and orange juice
brownshirts and jackboots
things worn by Nazis; jackboots are combat boots that go to mid-calf
i.e., ZOG, for Zionist Occupation Government, the acronym coined by American neo-Nazi Eric Thomson
The Turner Diaries
Written by William Luther Pierce III (1933-2002), this is a neo-Nazi novel once called the "blueprint" for the Oklahoma City bombing.
the plural of duBois
cultivated high potency marijuana
a misspelling of Haffenreffer, a Boston brewery
Beverly Middle School
a very long-nosed animal; see a picture here
Read about them here.T
"...to cyclize OH..."
To cyclize something is to have it form rings. OH is the hydroxy radical.
actually commonly used as a nickname for marijuana laced with PCP
Page 904 (cont'd)
a brand name of pots and pans
Probably a mis-spelling of the solvent tetrahydrofuran (CH2)4O
PVC pipe cleaner
A product for preparing PVC to be chemically bonded. Usually mixtures of organic solvents, such as Acetone, Cyclohexanone, Methyl Ethyl Ketone and Tetrahydrofuran, e.g. this bad boy
48 continguous United States (excludes Alaska and Hawaii)
presumably the six Canadian provinces that border the contiguous 48 states, i.e., British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec
a brand name of antihistamine sleeping aid
a sort of memory lapse short of a blackout
a word from Anthony Burgess's invented Nadsat language from the novel 'A Clockwork Orange'; it means 'friends'
Attention Deficit Disorder
German for "hail victory," the reference is to the Nazis.
see note supra for page 884
a famous poem by Irwin Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), American poet
You can read an example here.
the more common name for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which the famous New York Yankee suffered from
Salem State U.
There is a Salem State College, but not a university.
Hal Wakes Up (Maybe?)
An unvoiced consonant made by constricting the vocal tract. It is not present in written English, but is common in speech, particularly regional variants such as cockney, where, for example, it replaces the 't' sound in many words: "better", pronounced "be'er" or "city": "ci'y". It is also commonly heard as the consonant separating the two vowel sounds in "uh-oh".
It's unclear how Hal is pronouncing this word, but he likely means Jawohl, German for an emphatic "yes."
(bad) French: You know what
a wild party or orgy
Muslims who believe that Ali was the rightful successor to the Prophet Muhammad
a title of respect for one educated in Islamic law
a bodysuit or one-piece leotard
something out of Zorro
referring to Stice's mask-like face bandage; see right for a picture of Guy Williams as Disney's television Zorro (originally aired 1957-1959)
like a swine
point of view
combination of "mano-a-mano" (Spanish: hand to hand) and "tête-à-tête" (French: head-to-head)
Good-Looking Men in
Although the Filmography says it is UNRELEASED, Hal apparently has a copy in the Viewing Room. Cf. Page 991.
over 110 pounds
a Scottish style hat sometimes with a tassel, feather, or pompon in the center
a brand name of cranberry juice
fear of water; a manifestation of the disease rabies
an epidemic that spreads through human populations across a large region (for example a continent), or even worldwide
regarding a final cause
Professor H. Bloom
Harold Bloom (born 1930) is a prominent American literary critic.
not actually one of Bloom's concepts
Page 911 (cont'd)
an unpredictable swerve; see more here
can have several meanings; it's unclear which (if any) applies here
the emptying of one's will to become receptive to God's will; see more here
also "demonization;" essentially the repudiation of polytheistic deities by the teachings of monotheistic (or henotheistic) religions; see more here
from the Greek for asceticism, characterised by exercise and/or training to develop self-discipline and self-control for religious or meditative purposes
More Gately History
a suburb about 10 miles north of Boston
breaking and entering
having priapisms, or painful, long-lasting erections
a neighborhood on Deer Island, south of Winthrop, Massachusetts, in the Massachusetts Bay east of Boston
Long-term institution (glossed in note 365).
an electronic device that records the phone numbers of outgoing calls on a particular line
Page 912 (cont'd)
the bookie's fee for his services (see "vig" later on the page and the note for page 204)
the principal borrowed amount
A medication named after its combination of caffeine and ergotamine titrate, the chemical precursor to LSD; used to treat migraine headaches. Read about it here.
National Cranio-Facial Pain Foundation
presumably fictitious, although there is a Craniofacial Pain Center in Boise, Idaho
total outstanding debt
actually an antacid―strange that Wallace would make such an error, so perhaps it's deliberate
a brand name of pepper spray
Page 914 (cont'd)
a pharmacy chain
more commonly known simply as "diabetes"
presumably having to do with breathing
sealing in plastic
The B.U. punter
a.k.a. Orin Incandenza
the minimum-security Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Billerica, Massachusetts