These updates are supposed to be about one subject, but today I’m going to bend the rule a bit. I was AWOL again last week, and would like to bring you guys up to date on a few things, if you don’t mind.
I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting old, or what. But the massive hours I’m working are kicking my ass. I’m physically and emotionally exhausted. Even right now, after two days off, I’m tired and struggling. I worked about 60 hours last week, in addition to driving the 40 mile distance to and from my job ten times. So, that’s a big part of it.
Also, I don’t have time to do anything. I crawl out of bed at 9:30 am, and have to leave at 11:00. That’s not much of an accomplishment window. Ya know? And that bugs the crap out of me. It really does.
So, it’s been a challenge. But it’s not forever. In fact, this week I’m only working Monday and Friday. By taking two vacation days, I’m only working two days out of nine. That should be enough time to decompress and rejoin the human race.
Tomorrow I’m driving to Shippensburg to pick up the older boy, so he can be home for Thanksgiving break. But the rest of the time… nothing planned. Ahhh, it’s gonna be fantastic. Hopefully.
I bought a new battery for my laptop, and am having trouble with it. It won’t charge. It says “plugged in, not charging.” I originally thought I’d received a bad battery, but have learned that’s not the case; the battery health is “excellent.” Yesterday I went down an internet rabbit hole, trying to figure out what the hell is going on. This problem is apparently not unusual, according to the dozens and dozens of forum posts I found, and read.
At one point I thought I needed to buy a new charger, which costs something like $25. What the?? For an electric cord? In any case, I wasted way too much time yesterday trying to fix the problem, and failing. I watched several YouTube videos on the subject, and read post after post on mysterious forums. And nothing worked.
And today? It’s charging like a champ. WTS? I don’t understand. Maybe it has something to do with sunspot activity? But it’s currently at 81%, up from zero. We’ll see how it goes. It’s the kind of thing that can make me go insane. I get OBSESSED.
And last night, after I threw in the towel on my laptop battery, I launched into a frenzy about the DVDs in our family room. They were all messed up, and out of order. A few discs were outside their cases, and it was just full-on video anarchy down there. Who can live this way??
We have a wooden cabinet where we keep our DVDs, and I emptied that bastard out. Had everything spread out on the floor, and put it all back, logically. I found homes for the loose discs (grrr..), and returned order to the universe.
I can’t stand that kind of shit. It takes literally two extra seconds to put the disc back where it goes. Two seconds! Is that too much of a hardship?! I’ll be having a conversation with the boys about this, during the coming week. Oh, there will be a conversation.
I’ve always been particular about that sort of thing. It drives me INSANE when I get in somebody’s car, and there are loose CDs on the floor, or you open a CD case and there’s ANOTHER disc in there. WTF?? I used to go to peoples’ houses, and there would be vinyl LPs lying on the floor of their bedroom, not in their jackets or anything. It almost sent me over the edge. Also: people who fold the cover of a paperback book all the way around, and crack the spine. Shit! I’m about to break out into hives just thinking about it.
Everybody needs to get their shit together. That’s basically what I’m saying. Goddamn.
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And now… for the main topic. Toney spoke with Nancy yesterday, and the older translucent is reportedly rebelling a bit. He’s angry they made him so “weird” (heh), and gave him a “girl name.” He wants to fit in, he says, but doesn’t know anything about TV or movies, or sports, and has nothing in common with 99% of the kids in his school. And he blames his parents for this.
I can see his point, but am kind of surprised he’s approaching it from this angle. Most people don’t think they’re weird, do they? That’s some impressive self-awareness, right there. Maybe he should start by cutting off that ludicrous Robin Zander hair, get some non-highwater pants, and stop walking around snapping his fingers and tweaking his wiener all the time?
And the middle translucent wants to be a male model. Apparently he dresses up in “outfits” and strikes a pose in the living room, etc. Nancy said he was wearing a vest with no shirt a few days ago, and a cowboy gun holster. Hooooly shit! They’re going to pay hundreds of dollars to get some professional photographs taken, and start submitting them to modeling agencies. He’s 13! How many 13 year old boys have you known who dreamt of being a model?
For a Question, I’d like to know about the strangest kids from your schools. I’m not talking about special needs, or anything like that. I mean regular kids, in the general population, who were bizarre and odd. Tell us about ‘em, won’t you?
And I need to go now. It’s time to hit the Devil’s Parkway again.
Have a great day, my friends.
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