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...)