I’m Down with Something


dreams-2904682_1280I’m down with something possibly auto immune.

I HAVE to finish a short story due today.  And it’s going to take a lot of naps.

So I’ll leave you guys a weird picture to have fun with.

142 thoughts on “I’m Down with Something

  1. I’m down with that. Sympathies unlimited extended. Rest & Recover (no, not the upholstery!)

    That is where the money is – the big money.

      1. The con that The Daughter and I regularly attend is at the beginning of November.  Some twenty years ago, when we first started attending, I was younger and more fool hardy.  We would did not stay over until Monday.   The first segment of our drive took us through a long stretch of road thickly bordered by a mixed forest, a bit heavy on the pines.  (The road has since been greatly upgraded.)

        Now why, you ask, am I telling you this?

        Easy.  One year, on a chilly foggy night, the kind that leaves you feeling out of time and space, I drove through this section listening to The Daughter’s new CD acquisitions which she insisted she could not wait to hear.  It was two discs of music from the soundtrack for the original Hellsing.  Perfectly the mood music for the circumstances, that is if we were in a horror film.  Great, just great. 

        1. *chuckle* I can very much imagine that drive. The pine barrens in foggy weather up north of here pretty much call for a horror soundtrack.

          1. I was visiting family in Philadelphia during a college Christmas break (they still called it that then) when Momma, on an impulse, decided she wanted to go to Cape May on New Year’s Day, and that I was going to drive her. That trip back through the Jersey pine barrens through the dark and fog was much much longer than the trip out. At least it sure seemed that way.

            1. Hm. I find spruce, or fir, whatever they are usually called as most dictionaries give both of those words , well, those forests anyway, rather more scary than pine ones because they are usually a lot wetter, sometimes close to swamps, and a lot darker. Pine forests can look pretty cheerful compared to ones which have mostly fir growing there.

              1. Oh, yes. Fir is much denser canopy than pine. From my childhood hikes, I think fir had the the deepest shadows.

                1. Fir forests, at least local Douglas Fir, etc., also have high, over the head, thick, under brush.

                  OTOH Hwy 58 I don’t have any problems with driving, even though I know there are sections that one side at least is straight down. But you can’t see the drop off because of the trees. Well you can, you just can’t see how far down.

                  Now in E. Oregon & parts of Utah, other high desert states, you’ll be going along this flat ground & all of a sudden you are on a bridge over a previously unseen gorge. Or worse yet, suddenly discover there are sharp drop offs on BOTH sides of the road (driving down the ridge), & you can see it is a loooooooong way down with nothing between the top & the bottom. That is scary!

                  1. Is this the same US Route 58 that passes east-west across southern Virginia? If so that is what I was driving that night, from Hampton to South Hill, before heading south on I-85.

                    1. Uh, no. But as far as I know it starts on the west side from I-5 south of Eugene, at the Pleasant Hill exit, east up over the Cascades till it terminates on Hwy 97.

              2. The New Jersey Pine Barrens, in spite of being in the Bos-Wash corridor, is largely uninhabited.  The soil is sandy and acidic, supporting carnivorous plants and pygmy pines.  About the only thing that the original settlers found to justify settlement in the area was the production of Bog iron, as the soil was not good for farming. Once better sources of iron were found that faded out and they were left with the stories of The Jersey Devil.

                1. Okay, I searched for pictures online. Seems to look quite a bit like parts of more southern Lapland. Presumably a bit nicer climate. Not the best possible area for settlement either, but as there isn’t much anything better nearby which would have been free for new settlers without a fight, and at least the reindeer prosper there, it has always stayed settled.

                  1. New Jersey produces the third-highest number of cranberries in the country, mostly cultivated in the areas around Chatsworth, including Whitesbog. The first cultivated blueberries were developed in the Pine Barrens in 1916 through the work of Elizabeth White of Whitesbog, and blueberry farms are nearly as common as cranberry bogs in the area. Most blueberry farms are found in and around the town of Hammonton

            2. And a relaxing video of daytime Finnish forests. But imagine those same places in a dismal dark late fall evening, with fog or some slight rain. 😀

              1. And then you hear this right next to you in the dark:

                Well, harmless critters to humans if not smaller pets or farm animals, but I once had one cry pretty much right next to me in near total darkness and nearly crapped my pants. 😀

  2. Did you give it to me? I don’t think that diseases can be transmitted via the internet, and I don’t think autoimmune diseases are contagious at all, but you’ve described exactly how I’m feeling.

    I’m off to make myself some eggdrop soup and see if I can keep the almost two-year-old from killing herself while her mother is a zombie.

      1. I guess these things happen when you don’t read the find print and find yourself saddled with the (New! Faster! Better! Yours for a low, low, discount price!) germ-o-vision option when setting up the broadband plan. 😛

    1. Two year olds are indistructable. Ask me how I know. Unless they get a cold, of course.

      My two and three year old godkidlets the oncet demolished a project I was working on that

      1) was made of metal.
      b)Bolted to the floor.
      iii)weighed more than they did, combined.

      And did it all only getting a few scuffs in the process lasting about twenty minutes. Not much has changed save they are bigger and able to get into more trouble (mostly a good kids, I promise. Just… need watching sometimes).

      I am convinced my godson could outlast cockroaches in a nuclear blast at this point. There also may or may not be warning signs printed up for the month the goddaughter goes to driver’s ed in a few years…

      Also, *achoo!*

      1. There is a reason Pelican camera cases used to be warrantied against all damage except from Bear Attack, Shark Bite, and Children under the age of 5.

  3. Get better, finish the short.

    As for the image, I can’t decide if it is the hermoraging of money and readers comic books are having, trad publishing is having, or Twitter is having.

    The comic book industry’s current form, which is almost as or slightly older than me, depending on if you count the Marvel revolution or the emergence of comic stores as the key point, will be dead by the end of the year. The past three years have been the going broke slowly part. This year will be the “all at once” part.

    Trad publishing is well covered here.

    Twitter, well, I finally got myself banned for using a hashtag even though there was no ‘@’ in the tweet.

    1. Twitter, well, I finally got myself banned for using a hashtag even though there was no ‘@’ in the tweet.

      The robot army is rather different than I imagined. 😉

      1. In all fairness, ever since #learntocode became a potential banning offense I’ve been trying real hard to get banned.

        1. What’s the deal with that? Yeah, I get that it’s annoying. It might even be mean. But offensive and ban-worthy? How?

          1. Turns the past behavior of leftists around on them. Must mean you’re eeeeevil. ‘Scuse me, I think my eyes rolled over here somewhere, please watch your step.

            1. But actual explicit threats of violence directed at particular people, such as those directed at the Covington students, does not result in any sort of punishment from Twitter whatsoever. I think this should be interpreted as what it is; an explicit endorsement through its editorial decisions of such violence and calls for violence, and I hope that Twitter gets added to the student’s lawsuit as a defendant.

              1. that’s different, because shut up!
                I think they are part of the lawyers list of targets with several politicians, celebrities and press fops.

          2. The NPC snowflakes who are laid off snowflakes have convinced themselves that #learntocode is being done by an organized brigade of Vast Rightwing Conspirators, rather than the weaponized autists who inhabit 4 and 8 chan. (At least, they started it, and it went viral. Hmm, Sarah, please don’t catch the #ottoimmune virus.) Thus the NPCs persuaded the hall monitors at Twitter to set up ban activity. It’s not nice to offend Those Better Than Us, you know.

            It’s been fun seeing people with thinner skins than lawyers going nuts.

            No, I’m ban-proof on Twitter. Not a member.

            1. Honestly, I don’t think it took 4chan to do diddly-squat on this. I think that #learntocode was an essential part of the meta-consciousness, the social gestalt, born of a creation heavy with that thought held in waiting such that it erupted spontaneously from the fingers on a thousand keyboards, unbidden and fraught.

              And perfect.

              1. The contempt shown by the NPCs for the Anons has been pretty noticeable, and as far as I can tell, they don’t give a damn about the temperature of a dish called revenge.

              2. “an essential part of the meta-consciousness, the social gestalt, born of a creation heavy with that thought held in waiting such that it erupted spontaneously from the fingers on a thousand keyboards, unbidden and fraught.”
                That there is just plain beautiful phraseology.

            2. being done by an organized brigade

              I suppose that if they could comprehend the nature of self-coordinating behaviour they could grasp the Market’s Invisible Hand, so their assumption that it is organized by a cabal is unsurprising.

              No, bucko, it only requires people seeing you flinch from the first tossed brick-bat for other folks tired of your arrogance to want to hurl more.

              1. They are getting Stalinist in their declaration of conspiracy every time that something goes against the leftist narrative. Trump defeats Shrillary; must have been a conspiracy. People express displeasure with bias of media; someone is conspiring against them. Someone doesn’t get the grade they were hoping for in school or the job promotion they wanted; it must be a conspiracy. Someone expresses disagreement with leftist orthodoxy-it’s a conspiracy to hurt people

                When leftism doesn’t achieve the result they think it should, or if people express disagreement with Leftist Holy Writ, they are only capable of viewing it as a conspiracy, because they have lost the ability to think outside their narrow leftist ideology.

            3. SmallDeadAnimals has some of the responses. The best one was a Twitter comment in binary. Care to guess what it said when converted to text? 😉

              1. Let me guess — #learntocodeinASCIIbinary, or nearly?

                Truly, madly, deeply nerd-subversive eloquent… like swearing in hieroglyphics.
                As well as being a (very literal) pun on the word ”code” too.

                Extra bonus points, I’d have to say, if you use the non-minimal-length Unicode representations* of the ASCII in #learntocode. Since these are forbidden by the stardard in actual use, an “official” converter won’t even catch them…

                *Non-ASCII Unicode characters/”code points” need more than one byte to be encoded in 8-bit bytes. You _could_ do the same thing in 2, 3, 4 bytes to the old-school 7-bit regular ASCII values, but you’re not ever _supposed_ to.

        2. Wait a minute. I thought I was supposed to learntocode instead of how to fix cars, as part of being a modern man.
          So learning to code is bad now, then?

          1. Super-mega-doubleplusungood-bad. If said to a laid off journalist, who just a week or two ago was telling you to learn to code instead of learning how to change a tire, or maintain your home, or defend yourself both with and without tools, that is. Because logic is a cishet-racists-sexist tool of the White Male Repuplican Super Conspiracy that’s made lecturing people for a living a non-viable career choice.

          2. Coding has apparently become a blue collar job that anyone can learn to do. By asking JOURNALISTS to lower themselves to coding, you’re insulting them. You might as well ask them to become a plumber’s apprentice.

        3. My favorite example of a reporter getting someone banned for that was the one who insisted that he does too know how to code–he used to type in the BASIC programs at the back of his 3-2-1 Contact magazine.

          On an unrelated note, I usually type in Robert Frost poems when I need to send test emails. That totally means I’m the same as a professional poet, right?

      2. A robot army has some sort of obligation to involve some chrome and blasters, amiright?


        1. Back in Obama’s tenure a number of media articles addressed the employment costs of Obama’s anti-coal policies by telling the disgruntled ex-miners to expand their skills — “learn to code,” was the most common refrain. Which is itself is not bad advice per se, but the condescension and disdain with which it was expressed was not forgotten. When the recent round of layoffs hit several current trad and new media companies, including McClatchy and Buzzfeed, many people took great glee in hitting these laid-off reporters and journalists with exactly the same advice.

          Twitter is now banning accounts for using that hashtag when talking to journalists, ex- or otherwise, on the argument that it’s a campaign of targeted abuse. Thus proving one of the secret maxims of progressivist thought: Turnabout is only fair play if it’s not being turned on you.

          1. The problem, of course, being that the statement was the employment advice equivalent of “Let them grow arugula.” Moreover, it conveyed economic ignorance of the consequences on salaries of greatly expanding the universe of coders.

            Here’s a clue, Julia: When everybody codes, nobody pays anybody to do it for them.

            1. If they’d stuck just to the elitist snobbery of “fuck blue collar jobs, we are white collar and got ours”, there would not be so widespread a grudge cheerfully paid back.

              But they largely agreed with Obama’s job-killing green agenda. In their moral universe, those blue collar workers were evil for having had those jobs in the first place. That overrode their pretense to sympathy with blue collar workers, and hence hurt their ability to influence said voters to vote for Hillary.

              Obama himself seems to have been driven by racial feeling. He bothers to appear sincere in his sympathy for the poor black man, and relied on media to make that case for the poor white man.

              Now such actions have further eroded faith in media, leaving the intelligent information consumer to prefer internet rumor to the curated narrative of the available outlets. There is less money in the curated narratives, and now narrators and curators are out of work. I feel that they are evil, and have little sympathy.

            2. What can be expected from people who think that not only entire economies, but the Earth’s climate, can be centrally planned.

            3. “When everybody codes, nobody pays anybody to do it for them.”

              Well, that’s not entirely true. People who are really good at it can make a living even if everybody codes.

              But the problem is that then means you require effort and hustle to capitalize (literally) upon it — and effort and hustle are skills of their own.

          2. > learn to code

            That comment, in context, pretty much sums up the status of programmers, most places I worked. I was never sure if we were above or below the janitorial staff in the corporate pecking order…

            People who actually *work*, instead of managing… eeewwww!

        2. Sorry. I only just realized that might have been a question asking for confirmation of a guess, rather than explanation of something you didn’t recognize. Mansplaining demerit for me! (headdesk)

              1. A baritone I can do. Not sure about sexy; the last time I tried to sound like Barry White my wife asked me if I was getting a cold.

                1. “I’ve heard people say that too much of programming
                  Is not good for you, baby, but I don’t know about that
                  As many times as we’ve coded and
                  We’ve shared code and made code
                  It doesn’t seem to me like it’s enough
                  It’s just not enough, no, it’s just not enough, oh baby

              2. From the masculine side, a woman who knows how to use her voice well, be it from the softly dulcet soprano to the smoky contralto growl, is a pleasure to the ear. Many is the man what’s been entranced by the rhythms of such an instrument.

                Much as it is a shame to hear a grown man whine or an adult woman screech, it does my heart good to remember that isn’t normal for most people.

                That incidentally is why I’m enoying more audiobooks these days. Good storytellers are a fine thing.

              3. Yep. Nothing then. Well, about the only male voice I actively dislike are the falsetto singers, absolutely hated Bee Gees back in their heyday, and still do. Okay, I know I seem to be something of a minority there.

    2. I think #learntocode is rather tame. It is not like you were presenting the case that euthanizing unemployed journalists is in congruence with Obamacare.

      1. You know, I might just be in (partial) agreement with the Left on it not being right to tell #journalists to learn to code, They need simpler, more direct things and learn to appreciate *real* work. So they need to #LearnToShovel.

  4. It’s in the air. I’m off work today (doing class-prep, natch) because the headmaster declared an all-school sick-day. Some of the rural districts are closed for the same reason. Strep + flu is sweeping Texas at the moment.

        1. I can guess which neighborhoods. “Vaccines are bad, natural is better, the MMR causes [horrible neurological condition]”… and areas with high percentages of people who did not grow up in the US.

          1. The strain of measles that was causing fatalities and that was in the news, apparently 75% infected people who were vaccinated. And apparently came from Israel.

              1. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is more than one sub-strain going around. Darn viruses don’t want to stay unchanged.

                1. It isn’t like they are thinking of, oh, taking a virus like measles and engineering it to try to turn into a cure for cancer. After all, what could possibly go wrong…..right Dr. Krippen?

            1. The CDC web page indicates that most of these travelers were not vaccinated. Perhaps we are talking about the different outbreaks.

              1. I wonder what process the CDC uses to verify medical records and vaccination histories of people who loin caravans to force their way into America?

              1. It can be seen here:
                Officials confirm that 31 of those confirmed patients had not been vaccinated against measles.

                Has been removed because they were unclear that they were talking about the PNW cases, not the Rockland county cases.

                They almost never report how many people weren’t vaccinated, since the Disneyland outbreak where the vast majority were vaccinated, and they had to start including kids too young to have been vaccinated or those who didn’t have proof of vaccination as “missing or incomplete” vaccinations.

            1. We’re getting it in the bluer cities in the PNW. (Seattle, Portland. Not sure about Ashland yet.) Haven’t heard of Typhus in Oregon. Yet.

                  1. It’s already endemic in the small rodents around Yosemite, so it’s only a matter of luck.

              1. I’m old enough to have had the measles, both types, before vaccines, 60 (ish) years ago. I remember being SICK. No, not confusing with when I had the Chicken Pox or Mumps, I remember those too. I darn near died because of Scarlet Fever. I’m 62. Had measles & Scarlet Fever before I was 5. Had whooping cough too. Don’t remember it the first time, but holy heck, do I remember it the second time. I was 45. My vaccination state was ??? (doc said I wasn’t quite due but ???), but kid got it too, & I know he was current.

                My cousin was born all but deaf & blind due to her mother having measles; again before vaccination available.

                When our only child was old enough for vaccinations, I called the non-vaccinators “idiots”. FYI. They are still idiots.

                So, far as I know, Eugene/Springfield hasn’t had any cases, yet. Key is YET. Haven’t heard of the Typhus in Oregon yet either.

                1. I’m happy that I am just old enough to fall into the last group that got vaccinated for smallpox.

                  1. I’m old enough to have been vaccinated for smallpox as an infant, old enough to have been vaccinated again in Basic Training, and young enough to have been vaccinated a third time when preparing to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 in 2003.

                    The second two times, they fortunately used the same “drop zone” as the first, so only one scar.

                  2. My mother knew my older sister had been vaccinated against small pox and my younger hadn’t, but she waffled about me until the day I noticed something, and the next time I saw her, I rolled up my sleeve and asked was that not a smallpox vaccination scar?

                    1. OTOH, diseases are uncertain.

                      And the last time I got a vaccination (two actually) was in January, and I was in pain for five days, and could barely sleep the second night. (I had slept on one vaccination spot the first night.)

                2. I’m a couple years older. Got mumps in 6th grade with a parting gift of a strep infection. Missed a couple(?) weeks of school but kept current. My uncle then in the USAF/SAC got it in his mid-30s.

                  Don’t know about chicken pox, but in high school I got the measles vaccine. If memory serves, it was quite new at the time.

                  I think/hope K-Falls will be OK for Typhus through the winter; it’s too damned nasty for the encampments to flourish. Forecast tonight is somewhere in the single digits. OTOH, we haven’t gone below 0 F all winter long. On the gripping hand, February has only just started.

                  1. I have gotten chicken pox twice. Probably. At least my mother was always sure I had it as a child, and always told me that the couple of pox scars I have were from it. Then when my younger godson got it when he was four I visited because I assumed I would not be able to get infected. Was wrong.

                    Well, I most certainly have had it now, a bit over a decade ago. :/

                3. It is possible to get a blood panel run to make sure you are still up to snuff. I do it every 5 years.

  5. Sympathies on whatever’s got you down and I hope you get to feeling better Real Soon Now.

    I’m waiting for lab results that should’ve been here Friday. I think they got slowed down by the horrible cold weather last week, which may have had a lot of techs not coming in even if the lab didn’t actually close for the day.

    It’s no fun being run down and having to get by on too little energy. I’m just hoping those lab results will come in a day or two and I’ll finally have answers — and with luck a treatment that will finally get me my energy back so I can start getting all the things done that I should have accomplished over January.

  6. Look, you aren’t the Octavo…yeah, yeah, you can do river valleys rather well, but giant flat worlds on the backs of pachyderms and turtles are well beyond your ability… Just saying.

    1. We had one near the Columbia a few months back. Couger 1, bike rider 0. I gather she was alone.

      1. Thought the Oregon Cougar killing was of a lone hiker. Results the same, unless it is a second one, then it’s Cougar 2, biker/hiker 0. Each time seems to be young cougars barely having left mama.

        1. Once, I talked to a Walmart Air pilot (yep, their own airline) who lived in cat country in Colorado and his wife was always armed, and their daughter could not play outside without mom and the family dog (Akita iirc) being with her at all times.

        2. You’re right. I *think* there was a non-fatal biker attack. So far, they’ve been leaving people alone around here, at least anybody willing to talk about their cougar sightings. (Whistles innocently.) I haven’t seen any in the flesh, but there have been some impressive signs. They have big paws.

          I seldom go to the shop at night; that 600′ is a bit spooky and the coyotes have some largish packs nearby. OTOH, if I do have to go, I carry.

    2. Back 15-20 years ago, Colorado Springs had to close the park behind the BroAdmoor Hotel because of mountain lions eating joggers. The last time I was in Albuquerque for research, they’d just had a toddler grabbed by a cat on Sandia Mountain. Mountain lions – I treat them with a lot of respect and a mile of avoidance. And go armed if I am in ‘cat country on my own.

      1. Well, that just seems reasonable!!! Mountain lions are an endangered species, after all, and who knows what kind of steroids, hormones and supplements those joggers might have been consuming?

      2. Mountain lions occupy roughly the same predator niche as leopards and should be treated as similarly dangerous.

        1. Mountain lions/cougars haven’t been completely covered by the “cute-cuddly” set so they’re not endangered. I know Cali bans using dogs to help hunt them, and am reasonably sure that Oregon has a similar ban, but I haven’t heard of anybody getting in trouble for shooting one. On the other hand, people in a position to shoot cougars are either 1) Officially sanctioned by TPTB, or 2) have a good spot and a decent shovel handy.

          No tracking collars on cougars just yet. I suspect if the state tried to protect the kitties, they’d get one or two transplanted to town.

          How big are mountain lion litters? Asking for a friend…

          1. Typically 2 to 4 kittens, every couple of years. But understand there is < 50% survival to adulthood rate. It is rare for a female to have her first litter before she is over 3. Lives with mom & litter mates for 2 years, 3rd year comes in heat & may or not, get with kittens, 4 year have first litter. Odds of first litter surviving to adulthood? Not high.

  7. An oddly apropos image for feeling funky. Nice placid life going calmly downstream, then you suddenly hit the rocks and white water.

    Take care, Sarah – and as many naps as you need.

  8. Feel better soon and good luck with the writing. Health, familyt and paying work always come first.

  9. Feel better.

    Just getting rid of a cold from heck myself. Kid keeps coming home with one from the petri dish he calls work; & no he does not work at a school or with kids of any kind. Whatever is going around finally caught me; hard.

  10. “Sir, one of the books has escaped again.” The assistant held up a photo of the eldritch tome in question.

    Randell sighed. When he had been told that magic is real and offered the chance to serve as a librarian at an academy for aspiring wizards, it had sounded like a childhood fantasy come true. He hadn’t realized that wrangling magic books would be more like dealing with the holodeck on the Enterprise. “Which one is it this time?” he asked.

    The assistant checked a card. “Um, the title is ‘Cry Me a River,’ sir.”

    Randell glared at the hapless boy for a moment, closed his eyes and slowly lowered his forehead to the desk.

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