I’m Mostly Alive

The head cold I’ve been fending off since we landed caught up with me.  Since we still have older, adopted son and wife and grandkids here, I spent my energy on being sociable.

Sorry.  Post tomorrow.

83 responses to “I’m Mostly Alive

  1. Good decision.

    So, next post is Wednesday, then?

  2. It’s nae good, cap’n! I canna get nae power!

  3. Yay! She’s alive!

    (Exhales explosively) Whew! 🙂

  4. Post yesterday and post tomorrow, but never post today!

  5. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    Take Care and watch out for those cats.

    They still might try to kidnap you. 👿

    • I believe that when cats do that it is referred to as catnapping.

      (N.B. – extended discussion of what other things I might believe is not advised. Sincerely yours, Marie of Romania.*)

      *Quick, team — the Dorothy Parker subroutine has been triggered! Drastic action is in order! Trigger warnings are in order!

  6. BTW – is it just <I<moi or is WP now abbreviating posts being replied to via a “Continue reading →” hyperlink? What fresh Hell is this?

    And yet, in spite of such bold, broad, new strides into a technological universe unimagined ere now, Judge Posner is still a moron.

    • No, it’s not just moi. Clearly it’s you, too. 😉

    • I haven’t seen it here yet, but I quit reading a couple of other blogs because of it. Our only internet option is Comcast, which has multiple-second latency before the light on the cable modem will flicker…

      Click.

      Wait…

      Read the three lines that were hidden at the “more: link.

      Click back.

      Wait…

      Screw that.

      • That is absurd. I have satellite internet, so there is a latency of: 2 X geosynchronous orbit / c but the only really noticeable delay is sometimes in the https initial negotiation.

        • When we got broadband in ’08 it was 16 megabits. Which blew the not much more than 2400 baud our dirty phone lines could support out of the water. But while pages will come down very fast, there’s always the one-two-three wait before anything happens.

          We havd 56mb now, but the wait it still there.

          • My personal theory is that they’ve figured out exactly how long people are willing to wait for a webpage, and they will put enough random crap on the page in order to fill that time. Thus, the internet will never get faster; you’ll simply get more video ads on every page.

            There are times when I almost wish we could go back to the internet speeds of the early 2000s. Yeah, it was slower to load some things, but on the other hand, I could go to all my favorite political sites without having to worry about suddenly getting someone talking about the importance of Viagra.

            • My current bugaboo, the bête noire of my moment, is auto-play videos on pages. Thanks to all the ad and script blockers I have to run in order to reduce page clutter, pages run so slowly that I tend to run down the site index right-clicking articles of interest to load while I continue scanning the list — which leaves me vulnerable to multiply launching videos in which I have less than no interest.

              I understand the need for web sites to pay their bills, but cannot help but think they might do better to listen to their readers as to how best to win our loyalty and support.

            • but on the other hand, I could go to all my favorite political sites without having to worry about suddenly getting someone talking about the importance of Viagra.

              Unless the discussion turned to Bob Dole.

      • Comcast, putting the “late” in latency.
        Comcast, making TimeWarner customers say “Well, at least we ain’t got it that bad.”

        Both cc and tw make sure and certain DirecTV and Dish will always have potential customers.

  7. The Other Sean

    Hurrah, she’s alive! Please get well and enjoy your company. We’ll likely still be here when you return. (Although the decor may have been update just a tad – nothing to worry about, really.)

    • BobtheRegisterredFool

      We’ve put out the vast majority of the fires, and I think I got the parts ordered.

      • But will the parts obey your orders?

      • And very few of the vermin are still on the loose…

      • I found the paint. But I’m not sure who ordered the bright pink.

        • Errrrrr … is that the reactive paint, intended to fluoresce in the presence of certain, uhmmmmm, factors? I think it was intended as a primer coat, under the decorative surfaces, supposedly to make containment breaches more easily spotted.

          Did the digicam surface paint arrive, or has it been back-ordered just like the polka-dot paint?

        • CARC* is not indicated, then?

          *Chemical agent resistant coating, I think.

          • The Other Sean

            I think Communist agent repellent coating would be awesome. Imagine if it was used to paint our institutions of higher learning? 😉

          • richardmcenroe

            Chemical and radiological. Doesn’t let fallout particles adhere. Doesn’t do anything about ionizing radiation, though.

          • The Pep-to Bismol pink? No CARC label.

  8. GO TO BED. Sleep, sleep, sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. We’ll be around when you feel like getting up. Don’t mind us; we’ll be quiet. (We Will? Damn well better be)

  9. Kevin L. Davis

    Hot peppers, hot you can stand.

  10. Ah, the infamous after-travel head cold.

    I hate that guy with red-hot Berserker passion. After copious dosage of Sudafed, Benedryl, and Aleve, a long, hot shower, and about 12 hours of sleep.

    My theory is that your body’s defenses are all on high alert all the while you’re away from home, and when you get home, your body’s defenses decide that they’ve done a bang-up job keeping you from the Zika virus and deserve some time off. They therefore all go on shore leave–just in time for those foreigner virii who hitched a ride home with you from Over There to have a surprise party in your sinus cavities.

    (This applies even when “home” is somewhere you could call that for what? Two whole weeks, maybe?)

    And of course coming home to immediately having house guests (as much as you love them, but still . . .) is a tried and true recipe for rest and recuperation from a long, long trip, is it not?

    • I think it’s the airplanes. Anybody sneezing in there, or even has been in one of the previous flights (at least if it’s your seat or very close – all surfaces…), and you have an excellent chance of getting it. :/ I have had one cold in the last ten years, and it was after a flight where somebody near me kept sneezing.

      • Also, the airplane ride will dehydrate you unless you drink a lot of water. This can mean that your sinuses don’t drain properly, so that when you have a tiny nasal infection only a quarter of it gets drained down into your stomach and every afternoon, instead of half of it getting drained out to where the stomach acid kills it. That in turn can be the difference between an infection that your immune system kills before you notice it and an infection that takes hold and becomes a raging head-cold.

        • Dehydration certainly is a problem when flying. When I flew to and from Japan on Japan Air they were constantly offering us green tea and hot moist washcloths. It was very nice. (And we were not in first class!)

  11. Hope You feel better and more alive soon!

  12. Patrick Chester

    So we’re not at the “search the pockets for loose change” stage? That’s good. 🙂

  13. Hi, Sarah, Glad to hear that we’re both still among the living (more or less). I was a living dead zombie over the weekend, but some of the internals are running better now. Hoping your internals (and maybe externals) are kicking over better than mine.  Cheers,Hank

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  14. Please just get well soon. We’re working on getting the flags distributed for your victory parade.

    • It sure was nice of the staff at the DNC to leave them laying around for us to take, all free and all. And the big ones look so much nicer after we washed them. The smudged line on the edge about “Property of Philadelphia City Hall” came right off in cold water and a little detergent.

      /sarc, not that it’s really needed.

  15. Glad to know you’re well. I know I don’t comment often, but your stories about your day-to-day life are often both entertaining and informative; there’s a reason so many enjoy your stuff and are worried about you.

    While you’re still recovering, take a look at my review series on Appendix N, the books that inspired the original Dungeons and Dragons. I’m not that far into the list right now (I’ve only finished Three Hearts and Three Lions so far), but the stories are already quite different from what I’m used to.

    • Not sure where you’re located, Rawle, but if you’re in the eastern US you should consider attending LibertyCon in Chattanooga next year. You’ll find a bunch of us from here in attendance, and a lot of other interesting folks to boot. LibertyCon is intentionally limited to about 750 attendees, to keep it more personal and friendly than the big mega-cons.

      • Not sure where you’re located, Rawle, but if you’re in the eastern US you should consider attending LibertyCon in Chattanooga next year. You’ll find a bunch of us from here in attendance, and a lot of other interesting folks to boot. LibertyCon is intentionally limited to about 750 attendees, to keep it more personal and friendly than the big mega-cons.

        It’s a goal of mine to go there, though I can’t promise that I’ll attend next year’s festivities.

  16. Oh drat, the link didn’t work; here’s the direct URL.
    http://rawlenyanzi.com/announcing-appendix-n

  17. On the plus side Sarah has the ever faithful attentions of Havey cat who wonder of wonders it turns out did not become buzzard bait after all. Miserable beastie was hiding in one of the lovely nooks and crannies of the new house, likely to express his displeasure with mommy for leaving him with a baby sitter for over two weeks. Such perfidy shall not go unpunished after all.
    On a totally different note, after the very positive response Stephanie Osborn got to her post here on solar activity a while back I convinced her to establish a blog and FB page to pick up and expand on that theme.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/294672317552181/?hc_location=ufi
    It’s a closed page so you have to ask to join, but y’all come, and bring your friends.

  18. Well, I just got up at the crack of noon, and I have no excuse whatsoever. I highly recommend this sleeping in thing, it rocks! ~:D

  19. Post tomorrow…

    “Post yesterday. Post tomorrow. Never post today. Post… POST!” — Ivanova

    [oh… wait… the original says boom, not post. sigh]

    • Patrick Chester

      “Cannot run out of posts! There are infinite posts! You are finite. Zathras is finite. This… is wrong tool.”