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04 February 2013 @ 02:30 pm
Flail~~  
Gads, my showings in the LJ Idol Poll sure aren't looking good. We're dropping the bottom 7 this week, and I'm right in that "vaguely-tied-with 15-other-people" space. Nooooo!

About to go bicycling, and I should mention that my run yesterday was unexpectedly crappy. I think I made 3 miles of the 4, with a lot of stops near the end, because—get this—I overheated. Just a few degrees makes a lot of difference, and apparently 55-degrees when the sun is overhead is too hot for what I had on. Wimpopotamus. :(

Here's something from Blue Pueblo that caught my eye. That is a beautiful bridge system, but I could never walk on that in a million years. Even just a few feet up from the ground, I'd be teetering like a drunk on New Year's Eve. Could be my vertigo or my fear of heights... but I think vertigo helps cause fear of heights. For very good reasons. The bridge over the strait of Corinth? I had my back up against the railing there, and I still felt the backs of my legs "screaming" the way they do in dreams, when you're falling off a cliff. Know what I mean? :O

ETA: Community returns this Thursday! Gee, you'd think NBC might actually promote that or something, wouldn't you?

 
 
 
Maerhysmaerhys on February 4th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
I voted! ♥ Polls and comments are weird — I liked my entry this week the best of just about anything I've put out in a while and it got half the comments of the last two weeks. *half shrug*

Weather can be like that — I am still not taking enough water along with me for anything more than three miles, which means just about always these days — because it's been so cold, but I forget that high desert cold doesn't mean humid cold. *smh @ self*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 5th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
I have about the same # of comments as last week, but less than 1/2 the votes. It's one of the risky aspects of satire-- do people GET that it's satire, or are they just offended?

Must feel funny (and unfair!) to feel dehydrated in the winter. The high desert is its own beast, though. All of the misery of both winter AND summer! Though I could say the same of Illinois, and it's humid there. :O
java_fiendjava_fiend on February 5th, 2013 01:40 am (UTC)
Just cast my votes and you look to be in a pretty good spot! Good luck!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yay!halfshellvenus on February 5th, 2013 02:29 am (UTC)
Thank you, and I hope it stays that way!

Say, did you read last week's story? It was a horror-fic!

(you've corrupted me, I know it)
java_fiendjava_fiend on February 6th, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
Oh? Horror? I must go and see! I corrupt nobody. That is a pre-existing condition!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on February 6th, 2013 02:32 am (UTC)
:D Your insurance-company-speak only makes me more suspicious!
java_fiendjava_fiend on February 6th, 2013 05:42 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, but your suspicions aren't covered under your existing plan.
Danmuchtooarrogant on February 5th, 2013 02:36 am (UTC)
Now see there, you made it through another week on LJI. *grin*

I miss the days of riding my bike when I was a kid. I really had to be on a gravel road in order to do it--the high contrast in-between the road and the grass--but it was such a free feeling.

Dan
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 5th, 2013 03:08 am (UTC)
Thank goodness! I didn't think we'd be cutting people from Idol in such huge numbers, especially with such a small group at the start!

I'm glad you had a period where you could ride a bike. I'd miss it too, but nice to remember what it was like.

Maybe Lizbeth would be up for getting a tandem? Though she'd have to be in front, and it's harder to control... but she could bulk up her arms!
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: Brain bleach!!!embroiderama on February 5th, 2013 04:36 am (UTC)
Those bridges--yeah, they look beautiful but terrifying. Things like that, I just freeze and physically cannot do it. When I went to Russia when I was 16, one of the places we went to was this massive gorge or something that was in a cave--not sure exactly. But there was a narrow bridge that went across it, and though it had sides so there was no way to fall I just stood frozen at the beginning of it and had to go around and meet the group at the end. I can only imagine trying to do it now considering that my fear of heights isn't much decreased and now I do have a bit of vertigo. YIKES, just thinking about it gives me the willies.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on February 5th, 2013 07:46 am (UTC)
Haha-- I love the use of that icon with this whole topic!

My limit is about 1 to 1 1/2 feet above ground. Any more than that, and I can't maintain my balance at all. And much more than that, and it's just scary. We had one of those office "team-building" courses that Dilbert calls "Ropes and Trees." I knew that might not go well, but still made the attempt. Whatever the exercise was that involved climbing a tree before walking across a rope-bridge tightrope, well... I got about six feet up the tree, and that was it. Even on a good ladder, that's where the trouble starts. I had to back down the ladder and bail!

Clex has this problem too, I know. Both of us have had encounters with mesh flooring or stairs, where even with handrails and stuff... you can see all the way down, and it's just unnerving. Jittery legs and rising panic start up before you even realize what's happening. o_O
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: Hyperbole - couchembroiderama on February 5th, 2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
Clex has this problem too, I know. Both of us have had encounters with mesh flooring or stairs, where even with handrails and stuff... you can see all the way down, and it's just unnerving. Jittery legs and rising panic start up before you even realize what's happening. o_O

Oh god, yeah. Where I work, we store lots and lots of boxes, and we have steel racking that's in three levels, like floors. Each level has steel mesh flooring so that light can come through. Our guys walk around on it all day, and I understand that it's safe, but I can't do it. Several years ago, an urgent request came in from a customer and I was the only person here. I was like, "I can do this! I can pull this file!" So I went out to the warehouse, marched up the stairs to the second level, and then looked at where I needed to go--a few aisles down, which involved walking along the side of the racking where only [several feet of flooring and] little chains were between me and the concrete floor twenty feet below. I totally panicked, froze, heart racing. It took several minutes for me to unlock myself enough to turn around and walk back down the stairs. The next day my legs were so sore from walking down the stairs all clenched up tight. Never again!

I've never had a job that took us on those team-building things, but they had those rope courses when I went to camp in middle school and I totally skipped them.

I know it's entirely illogical, that there's no reason I would fall off the racking when I don't commonly fall off of, say, the sidewalk. And yet the feeling that something is trying to pull me down into that gaping chasm is so real. I've always had a problem with stairs, as long as I can remember. I'm a lot better at dealing with it than I was when I was a kid, but I'm not at all good at dealing with stairs with glass sides and things like that. Compounding that in-born fear, I had a nasty fall on icy stairs when I was about eight so I go up and down any kind of wet/snowy/icy stairs like an 80 year old woman with a bad hip. I can't help it. One day I want to write a SPN story that uses stairs as a horror device.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 5th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
One day I want to write a SPN story that uses stairs as a horror device.

YAWNING stairs, waiting to devour you. And they do. :O

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