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Archive for the month “March, 2022”

What I am thinking about today 3/18/2022

-I am amused by my silly post about complaining about going back to the office got a few “care” icons. I was giggling to myself the whole time I wrote it, thinking how privileged it was. I have two jobs I am good at, they pay well enough I have a roof, a car, more comics, movies, books, and video games that I have time for. Working from home has been wonderful for me, but I do understand that in some jobs you need that collaboration. I just go through reports and take phone calls and can do that anywhere it’s quiet and has an internet connection. Hopefully, I get to keep working from home for my office job.

-Have felt out of sorts this week, upset stomach, headache, general unease, and the like. Probably didn’t help that I ate something that disagreed with me on Tuesday. Thankfully, this is the first Friday I have had off from the group home in a LONG time, so when I am done with work, I’ll hit the treadmill, cover the AEW Wrestling show, and try to finally get my living room under control.

-The Kray Z Comics and Stories podcast I do with Kray is being moved to Wednesdays, same day as new comics come in! This gives me some extra breathing room, since it’s been late the last few weeks due to work stuff. As I put together the episodes, I like how easy going the show is, and it’s what I always wanted it to be: Two old friends talking geeky stuff, helping people navigate a market filled to the brim with new material, stuff about the history of comics, but never becoming a “Everything new sucks!” show, and enough silliness to give a chuckle as you listen.

-I am not a big horror fan, but I will say that the online fandom for horror movies is 150% less filled with jerks than the big SF movie franchise fandoms.

-I watched a Marvel online event where they interviewed Spider-Man creators where they gave away an NFT. I mentioned that I had watched it on Twitter and have been inundated with Cypto-bros wanting to ask me about the blockchain. So, I did just that. Blocked them.

-I’d like if Marvel scanned and put their western comics up on Marvel Unlimited in full. After the hero books took over, they (and the romance comics) were used for new talent to try out and get their chops before going onto the superhero books. Plus, I haven’t read a lot of them, and they ones I have read are decent enough fun.

Much love to friends old and new. Be kind, be courageous, and be cool.


What I am thinking about today 3/15/2022

-Wrestler Scott Hall passed away yesterday. He was part of the biggest wrestling story fo all time that created the biggest wrestling boom of all time while doing an imitation of Al Pacino’s “Scarface” accent. He had a rough life filled with psychological trauma and substance abuse because of it. Dallas Page helped him turn his life around, and to me, that is more important that the fame, the matches, and the career. I wish peace and love to his friends, family, and fans.

-Super vivid dreams lately about paths not taken. Weird in many ways. I did like the dream last night where I was in a small grocery story that was mostly stocked with “healthy” cereals and I explained to people that if I were a kid, I would have lost my mind. IT’S NOT JUST A GIMMICK, EVERYONE!!

-According to the forecast, we are about to get our spring warm up here in Minnesota. For once, I am kind of looking forward to it because I felt cooped up more than normal. Not just for me, but the people at the group homes I work at. Many of them have been in the house with only car rides to get out since it got chilly. I just hope we don’t go from cold to UNBEARABLY HUMID AND TERRIBLE like we did last year.

-I see we in the US are looking to make Daylight Saving Permanent, mostly because people are tired of changing their clocks. I wonder why we haven’t tried that before. Oh wait. We did. In 1974. And everyone hated it. A LOT.

-I am not at the group home at much, so I agreed to OT at the office job. Oddly, my supervisor sent me a message “Why do you have 2 hours of overtime today? What task do you need extra time for?” I sent back one of the 20 emails requesting people to work, many with a sense of desperation, with a note that said, “I don’t know why, but they have requested people for overtime every day for the last three months.” Left hand, please talk to the right hand.

Much love to friends old and new!


What I am thinking about today

Today is National Cereal day, but there are no special cereals this year. There are cereal based cookie kits, but it’s not the same, dammit.

Was utterly wiped when I got off work at the group home yesterday, and was asked to come back and work a sleeping overnight. I slept when I got home, went in and took a while to get back to sleep. Had dreams that would be best called annoying, including one where my son had changed up my computer. The keyboard had a new one with 4 times the keys, the operating system was a weird version of Microsoft BOB with wood paneling, to get to the internet, you had to simulate driving a car (and I accidentally turned onto a plane runway and ran into a landing jetliner so I couldn’t get on the internet), and I couldn’t figure out how to access anything on the hard drive. AND I JUST WANTED TO LISTEN TO A SONG. I kept telling everyone around me that this new system was terrible and I wanted the old one back. It wasn’t a nightmare, but the feeling of utter frustration carried over to my morning.

Heh. Microsoft BOB. I never ran it, but I am just fascinated by that massive failure. I still remember seeing a computer running it in a store and kept thinking, “This would just annoy me if it was on my computer.”

At the group home yesterday, all of the clients hung out in their own spaces, didn’t interact much, and did their own thing. I let them enjoy that for a Sunday because I know there would be times I don’t want to hang out with people either. However, at one point, there were three TVs playing “Match Game.”

The 10 day forecast says that 10 days from now, Chaska, MN will have a high of 61 degrees. I am not an outdoorsy kind of guy, but I will be happy to have time to read on the deck, hike and get the group home clients OUT OF THE HOUSE.

Be kind, be courageous, and be cool.


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