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18 April 2018 @ 03:26 pm
In the "WTF" category...  
You think you have a handle on things in life, and then things change for no apparent reason. And I'm not just talking about your favorite product disappearing from store shelves, like why Dannon's Cherry-Chocolate and Raspberry-Chocolate Light Greek Yogurt disappears and Coconut start to show up instead. o_O

I'm thinking of, say, the Mark Trail comic strip. Mark Trail is more of a serial than a "comic," and it's one I don't read because... a) histrionic and b) ZZZzzzz. The drawings are good, but it isn't funny and the plot arcs are really long. But then, back in February, clowns showed up. CLOWNS. In a nature-based comic strip. It was like a Twilight Zone incident. And yet, I still couldn't be bothered to try to figure out how the hell the clowns fit into the plot, since there really can't be any sane reason for that in the Mark Trail universe. Maybe it was just to shock people to see if they were paying attention? \o?

Here's another one. Our giant-key calculator (that HalfshellHusband liked, because he fat-fingers things and also because the display was large) finally died last month after 15+ years of use. It had started to offer additional numbers or functions any time you tried to add or subtract, and there was no way to make it return to sanity. So, I bought another one at Rite Aid. When HSH saw it, he complained that the numbers were backwards, which I hadn't even noticed. But then he went online to see about getting a different one, and ALL of them have the numbers backwards. Meaning that the top row is 789 instead of 123, and the 123 row is on the bottom. Just like your phone...ISN'T. Nor is any sensible way of thinking about numbers and their left=>right smallest=>largest progression. Like, you know, the number line we learned in grade school. WHO MADE THAT DECISION? And why? I notice now that the right-side "extra number zone" on my computer keypad has them in the same backwards order, but who uses that? I still use the upper number keys, since I kind of know where they are, and again, that right-size block is backwards. Who is responsible for this? A dyslexic mechanical engineer? I need someone to blame.

Oh, and in post-surgery news... I stopped using the major pain med (Dilaudid) around Saturday or Sunday (it didn't do as good a job as you'd think), and I'm down to large doses of Motrin when needed. Sitting is still uncomfortable, but better. I was using an inflatable travel pillow to sit on, until it finally sprang a leak. Now I have an actual travel pillow that is too firm, and cuts the circulation off in one leg.\o? I've been walking a little more each day, in two stretches. Yesterday was 2.0 and 2.8 miles. Today will probably be 2.9 and 3.0 miles. It's more manageable than one longer walk, but it's enough that I'm now getting sweaty and I have to sunblock and clean up twice a day. It's been fairly cool, but soon I'll be wearing shorts (mega sunblock). :(

Meanwhile, my bike conditioning drops off daily (it'll be completely gone in another week or two), which is killing me. HSH is trying to get me to think of it as, "5 more weeks until I can bike again," but it's still too long. :(

So. What clowns have invaded YOUR lifestyle lately? (Literally or figuratively, though if it's literally, please be vague with the details...)

Direst Ryl: Clownsryl on April 19th, 2018 12:12 am (UTC)
Oh, the Mark Trail clowns. That was James Allen having fun with us, I think. He's a frequent commenter over on Comics Kingdom and he popped in a few times during Clown Week to giggle. My favorite part of the most recent storyline was Runny the Jeep-Destroying Rhino. I changed my username over there in honor of his greatness.

My taste in comics is entirely too weird. I acknowledge this.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2018 02:28 am (UTC)
Hah--so it WAS kind of to tweak the readers. But clowns, really? It seemed like crack.

I do like the idea of a jeep-destroying rhino. If I were a rhino, destruction would be one of my greatest hobbies. Any destruction, any time. ;)
swirlsofblueswirlsofblue on April 19th, 2018 04:33 pm (UTC)
That calculator thing is odd.

*Hugs* It sounds good that you're managing to walk some. Hope you recover soon.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2018 05:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Well, it's six weeks either way-- that's about how long it takes for your body to stop being outraged that you stole a major organ from it. A 'dormant' organ. Which is the funny thing, because why does it care? But it does.

The path back to the bicycle is simply because I won't be allowed to sit on the seat until the six weeks are up. And the doctor emphasized at least three times that there was to be no "hopping or jumping," which I relayed to my husband as, "no sneaky running."

Because aside from actual aerobics, I'm sure he's familiar with patients thinking, "Well, I'm doing all this walking, and it's going pretty well. Let's try jogging a little of it and building up to running." \o/

Because that is probably exactly what I would do. ;)
cindy: spn - dean facepalm (by mixedbatch)tsuki_no_bara on April 20th, 2018 04:50 am (UTC)
there has to be a reason why someone decided to put the buttons on the calculator that way, but hell if i know what it is. how weird.

your inflatable travel pillow springing a leak made me imagine one of those inflatable doughnut pillows slowly leaking with an eeeee noise when you sit on it. i hope you continue to feel better, and that the rest of your recovery passes quickly so you can get back on the bike.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 20th, 2018 04:58 am (UTC)
Someone on Dreamwidth said that the calculator buttons now match the layout on cash registers, though that seems like kind of a silly reason to change them. I mean, most people who use calculators do not have a background in cashiering!

The travel pillow sadly made no interesting noises (not even ones resembling the death screams of potatoes in the microwave). I wish it had lived a little longer!
Peterpeterb on April 22nd, 2018 12:09 am (UTC)
> What clowns have invaded YOUR lifestyle lately?

I think the term is "colleagues". :S
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 22nd, 2018 02:11 am (UTC)

Yes, it often is!