“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Friday, September 20, 2013

What's got into everybody?

 I've been pretty inactive for the last three days. Haven't done much.

Got back on line tonight , because I felt guilty about missing the postings on the blogs I usually read every day.

A lot of people were really mad.  Some were depressed, some were feeling ill,  and some seem to have forgotten to take their medication.

I got through about the first 15 of 50 something blogs I read and so many of them were unusual in this respect I decided to quit til tomorrow. Not everyone was having a rough time but enough for it to be noticeably abnormal.  It isn't that I can't handle a rant or a rave here and there,  I certainly do enough of that myself.. It's just surprising to see so many out of sorts when it's out of character for them.

Most of these folks , though not all, are usually pretty upbeat.  But the last couple of days must have been rough on more people than me because the attitude meter is pegged out between "I don't care anymore" and " I am so mad I am going to have a stroke."

On the one hand, it's reassuring that I'm not the only one who gets mad or tired or feels like I can't keep up with the world ever so often.  On the other hand, I hope this is not something like "World War Z" where we are all going to go berserk. ;-)

Things have to get better folks, because they can't go down hill much more for very long.

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  1. Heh. At this point what some would call going down hill would be better for me. Make some people start living in reality for a change :)

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    1. Well, I tend to agree. If it's going to happen, I wish it would happen before I get any older. I'm on the down slope of the bell curve. I think I reached the point where in terms of planning, physical ability and every other parameter I was a the peak 10 years ago.

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    2. A thought hit me this morning Harry. How old are you? You can already see yourself slowing down as you mention above. Well my particular rant was because some refuse to admit it when it comes to matters that will eventually effect others.

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  2. YES ! I have noticed the same thing, in both blogs and the world itself. It is still important to keep plugging away. We soldier on because those soldiers who pout and remain in the same spot usually have a bomb drop on them. Cheer up everyone.

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    1. I told a friend on the phone the other night she's going to have to work at being happy. She spends all her time thinking about doctor appointments, illnesses, medicine, and every other thing that drags a person down. Now that we are in the "oldster" set I think she and I both have to resist that tendency. When I call my 85 year old mom all she talks about is doctor stuff. I am trying to avoid becoming the stereotypical old person. It's a struggle, though. ;-)

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  3. Ditto as well here. Most everyone seems unusually hacked here lately, including myself (Surprise huh?).

    On top of all this, the fall allergies are kicking my tale. For the last couple weeks, either I either wake up gasping due to breathing issues or I'm semi wired due to meds so either way I don't sleep well.

    I think folks are picking up on the fact that the left isn't trying to maintain the appearance of going through the motions anymore.

    They are outright doing whatever the heck they want to do.

    Its enough to maintain a perpetual high state of hacked off.

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    1. Sorry about the allergies. That makes it tough. My wife has some of the same issues this time of year.

      You think the anxiety level is up? I wonder if that is on a "family basis" like paying bills, kids schooling, work problems, or if it just an overall malaise brought on by all the bad news and the worsening situation on the home front overall?

      Something is certainly out of kilter.

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  4. I think its the changes in the season. Summer is over fall is here, and the cold chill of the Canadian Winter will be here before we know it. Maybe folks need refills on their meds. Mine are good....lol

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    1. Got to be something. Lots of folks having a down week, myself included. I'm ready for Fall. Bring on the leaf season, bring on the winter. I'll sit by the fire up here and drink coffee and doze.

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  5. We just got the internet at the new place yesterday. The way the day worked out I got home late, showered then we went to dinner, put the kids to bed, did a 20 minute web check then hit the rack myself.

    Today I'm back to it.

    Oddly though I've been feeling the same thing. Not entirely sure why but I've been pretty tired and really physically sore this week. A somewhat hard lifetime of injuries all seemed to act up at once. Had to scrap my PT plan and do real easy substitute workouts with lots of before and after stretching, yet still needed to pop lots of OTC pain pills to function. Maybe it's the humidity or something, I dunno. Hope next week is better.

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    1. I can understand it in your case. Moving half way across the country, having to find a new place to live for your family, new work environment. All that drains a person.

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  6. It was a full moon - could be why. After spending 5 years working with juvenile delinquents, I can say the full moon really does carry some weight.

    I was grumpy on THursday when I took my car in because it had been overheating the previous day and found out I had to put in a new radiator. Not good. But I have certainly not reached World War Z levels yet ;-)

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    1. I remember you were looking at some hefty repair bills. I hope it stays at controllable levels. I have a sister in law who is a doctor. She says the full moon does have an effect on unstable people, and she's the ultimate rationalist so I'm sure it does.

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  7. I was wondering the same thing and I think I figured it out.

    Pie deficiency.

    I'm self prescribing myself chocolate pie. STAT. In fact, I may have two pieces just for the hell of it.

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    1. Then when you step on the scales, you will be depressed and guilty. I almost bought a pie a few days ago. I stood in front of the cooler for a long time, then didn't buy one.

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  8. Paladin nailed it! Reading about chocolate pie made me realize i hadn't made a French Silk Chocolate pie in almost a year. The hens have been laying like crazy, so I have plenty of eggs for the task. Yup, that's it, not enough home crafted comfort food shared with friends and family. Now where is my whisk?
    JF

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    1. French Silk Chocolate is my absolute favorite pie. Except maybe pecan, if there's whipped cream to be had.

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    2. Pecan, with coffee....and, I'm still happy, for the most part.

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  9. Matt is right. The left isn't even trying cover up their lies, they just lie about everything now. The problem is, you get to the point where they insult your intelligence so much, you become numb to it.

    I do think the season changing may have something to do with elevated stress/anxiety, but at least for me, knowing that obummercare is kicking in real soon has me uptight--and I have no idea how it will affect me financially. And I guess they are shutting down the government again. Here we go again.

    No Octobefest for me.--Troy

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  10. Troy, my wife told me this weekend that next month our old Health Care plan we have through her teaching job is going away and we have to choose a Blue Cross plan. I am already paying $700 a month for the lousy do nothing pay nothing United Health Care Plan we had. But Blue Cross is the very bottom of the pit. They are the absolute worst health insurance in the universe.

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  11. Harry, tell me about it. I'm in education too and with Blue Cross, the biggest rip off of all time. I pay $625 a month for 5 kids and a wife, so at $700 I think you are being robbed! --Troy

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    1. We get little choice in either plan or rates. The state gives you a "menu" to choose from, but it's really no choice at all and you have to pay what they say or go without all together.

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  12. Harry: I think there are a few reasons. I know a lot of us preppers are trying to get the last of the garden preserved and perhaps adding in fruit or nuts. That keeps you darn busy and makes you tired!
    I think it might be that many of the sheep are being forced to wake up and while I can't speak for others I no longer prepare for an Economic collapse "IF" it happens but because it will happen simply because of math. That's a big mental shift for most people.
    Prepping for a disaster you are looking at about 3 weeks to 6 months depending on how wide spread it is because other parts of the nation were not hit by the disaster there is a place to go or a place to get supplies. A world wide economic collapse or just the the USA, just the EU, just Asian tigers or China and Russia will make Custer's last stand look like a "love in". I guesstimate it will take about 3-4 years for thing to reset and get back to semi-normal. When you add in many people are not really prepared or have only talked a good game. Three weeks to three months just is not enough in global disaster! Stuff gets really scary really fast!

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    1. There is a great deal of stress on everybody right now. Must of it is shared stress and revolves around the issues you mention above. Then there's the daily struggle to get by, which manifests itself in different ways to different people but the burden is there. People are just worn down. As I mentioned on several other blogs I read, if the collapse is coming I wish it would come. I reached my peak in terms of preparedness ten years ago. I think as I get older I am not doing as well in terms of being ready for what may come.

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