Open Thread: Mid-Month Check In, July 2016

(by chris the cynic)

What have you been doing of late?  How are you?  Are you still alive?  So forth.

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

5 thoughts on “Open Thread: Mid-Month Check In, July 2016

  1. christhecynic July 19, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I’m reasonably sure that I’m alive. I kind of feel like I’ve hit rock bottom when it comes to creativity. I’ve written one piece of fiction in the last month and I’m not sure if the numbers would improve too much if I looked at the past two months instead.

    It’s hot. Yesterday I tried to walk to my psychiatrist’s office, got lost because the city of Portland, Maine doesn’t believe in street signs, showed up just in time to miss the appointment entirely. That wasn’t the bad part. By the time I got there my body was pretty well convinced it was dead. I rehydrated at the fountain, cooled off a bit in the loby, and started to walk home.

    My body reacted to the heat by telling me that I had probably revived enough to vomit and my brain decided to add in every unpleasant thing I know about heat stroke. Found a shadow to rest in. It helped some, but it wasn’t a long term solution.

    To make it home I had to but a quart and a half of ice cream (and a kitchen spoon) to eat on the way as an effort to keep my body temperature down. It worked for a while. Later, after the ice cream was long gone, I added one serving of strawberry milk, one strawberry kiwi drink, and 1.75 liters of OJ (all fresh from the cooler.)

    I managed to keep my temperature down, but that did nothing to help my muscles, which were fully convinced they’d died in the heat of the walk over.

    What should have been a walk home of less than two hours took over five and a half hours.

    The review on whether I get to keep SSI finally ended in approval, so I hopefully won’t go homeless any time soon, but no word on if they’re going to restore it to the needed level or keep on assuming that I’m able to pull thousands of dollars out of thin air and thus pay me less than it takes to survive thus ensuring that my debt will increase until I hit catastrophe.

    The raspberries are apparently ripe. I should pick some.

  2. alexseanchai July 19, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I’m trying to work out the plot for a new story concept. This would go better if I had more idea who the characters are. It also is not the thing I should be doing at this time. The thing I should be doing at this time is reading my class text.

  3. alexseanchai July 19, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    chris: so many sympathies

  4. Firedrake July 20, 2016 at 3:02 am

    Still here. Trying to work out how to sell 3d-printed thingies since I can do this much more cheaply (e.g. 90%) than Shapeways and still make an adequate profit. Just been posting out orders of boardgames which arrived in a single box from the USA – I like to play warehouse bod every so often.

  5. depizan July 20, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    I’m alive. My immediate reality is fine. Larger scale reality scares the shit out of me and I am trying to ignore it as much as possible so that my immediate reality can remain fine.

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