I am swamped by work and personal matters today. Perhaps this passage from The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy describes it best.
For, if he is a man of the least spirit, he will have fifty deviations from a straight line to make with this or that party as he goes along, which he can by no means avoid. He will have views and prospects to himself perpetually soliciting his eye, which he can no more help standing still to look at than he can fly; he will moreover have various
Accounts to reconcile:
Anecdotes to pick up:
Inscriptions to make out:
Stories to weave:
Traditions to shift:
Personages to call upon:
Panegyricks to paste up at this door;
Pasquinades at that: — All which both the man and his mule are quite exempt from.