April 1, 2004


Sometimes, you just feel pounded. I think it started with the recent inexplicable computer problems I’ve had lately. I use a number of different machines, and it seems that the more machines you use, the more computer problems you have. If you want to test on multiple platforms, there’s no way around it.

Even when you hunt down 1 or 2 of your 5 computer problems, 2 or 3 seem to pop up in their wake.

It’s a decent metaphor for life in general. You’re always trying to solve problems. Every day brings new challenges, which is great when you’re feeling on top of the world and each solution feels like a victory. But on some months it can feel like you’re just losing ground. It’s as though you can’t get on top of things without applying some extraordinary effort using energy you don’t have. Then there’s the stuff that’s out of your control that sticks in your craw.

This is why my blog posts have slowed a bit. I’m enervated and can’t seem to get out of my own way. I’ll feel better soon…I think…but at the moment…”Bleh!” is the emotion of the day.

I do have to say that listening to Air America Radio is helping a little bit. Misery loves company?

Posted by James at April 1, 2004 1:15 PM
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Laughter is the best medicine! Laughter is the best medicine!

I've discovered that life is always the same. It either sucks or it's great, but it's our perception that's different, not life. (I mean day-to-day life, not tragedies, which always suck.)

So you have to just *get through it* when it sucks, and try to forget that it's sucky, and in every possible free moment get yourself to laugh and start changing that brain chemistry so you can eventually feel lobotomized and happy again. :-)

That's my take. :-)

Now I'm out for a run in the rain. But it won't suck!


Posted by: Maggie at April 1, 2004 1:45 PM

It's true. Laughter helps a lot.

Thank the heathen for Al Franken. They're making fun of the way radio hosts do "premium ads" for herbal supplements and such right now.

You get through however you can.

Posted by: James at April 1, 2004 1:55 PM

I lost my T pass yesterday ($170.00/month). I had to rely on the conductors who know me on the Commuter Rail, so I didn't have to pay $4 each way, but I did have to buy tokens for the T (4 @ $1.25/ea).

Yesterday was the last day of the month, so it wasn't as bad as, say, losing my April T pass on the first day, which would be really crappy.

I knocked over my steel coffee cup, directly over my keyboard.

My cup has a very tight seal with a small hole, so not a lot got out. Sadly, even though I popped off keys and cleaned it, it refused to type the letter "e," which is clear across the keyboard from where the coffee spilled. Good, though, because now I can get a new keyboard (I've got a spare in the mean time).

Also, Air America Radio is really helping me today, too.

Posted by: Patti M. at April 1, 2004 3:12 PM

I meant to say above "thank the heathen gods" for Al Franken, but obviously I hit "post" prematurely. I remembered I don't even believe in the heathen gods.

Patti's Keyboard... R.I.P.

Posted by: James at April 1, 2004 3:24 PM

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