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04 October 2006 @ 07:38 pm
Coming Up For Air (Sorta . . .)  

[Cross-posted from my MovableType Blog]

. . . Ok, not really

[ed.: per usual, I started writing this over a week (and a half, I think) ago. I know, [info]avocado_tom, fire & forget. Unfortunately I write much too slowly for that.]

I have withdrawn again. It doesn't feel like my normal "going to ground." I went to the Massive Attack/DJ Shadow show (I could say "more later" but between us we know the liklihood of that, so let's leave it at wheeeeee!) on Friday.

Tuesday Matt, Dwight & I had a fantastic time at the Millenium Beer & Chiles Festival. The pairings were perfect, sublime, and everything I'd expect from Millenium. I also learned that:

  1. Belgain soured ales are quite tasty. They're right up my alley, and you'd think I would have tried them before. I need to find out which one came with my entrée, because it was by far my favorite beer of the evening (and they were ALL tasty)
  2. My weight-loss continues to make me a complete lightweight. I have no tolerance anymore.

Also, I did something really cool on Sunday that I will be blogging about, once I come back for more than a gasp of air before submerging again.

It's not my normal withdrawl, "going to ground." And yet . . . I haven't done more than (barely) skim LJ in weeks, I've stopped looking at Flickr, and worst of all, I've all but quit the 365 Days challenge. (I plan to pick that up again, but reset the clock)

I'd been thinking that I'd just withdrawn from my "virtual" life, and quite frankly, I wouldn't be all that upset about that. But I haven't taken a photo, I haven't really had a social engagement (except those planned in advance of this withdrawl), I haven't really done anything. It's hard enough to write this stupid little missive.

Recently I realized work may be a large contributing factor in this slump/funk. The Project From Hell™ (which was supposed to be over in July) was just extended until November. It is sucking my will to live. I may say more than that in a non-open forum. (But probably not, see above.)

I do feel a bit self-conscious whining about my work situation when so many people I know are in worse situations than I. But that doesn't change the fact that it appears to be sucking my will to live, and I need to figure out how work that out, at the current rate I will be little more than a husk by November.

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Current Music: "Have a Cigar" — Primus
stealthymonkey on October 5th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
Yay! You!!! I am too excited to hear from you to be coherent. Let's go with numbered lists instead.

1.) Glad you went wheeeeee! And, yes, I was insanely jealous.
2.) I had Oud Bruin special edition (I think it was a wild yeast version?) you should pick it up if you haven't tried it. The beer has a lot to say. Mostly in slurring poetry, but still.
2.a)Olive oil makes a fine vegan alternative to milk for rescuing a person from chile overdose. Swish and spit, of course.
3.)You now that the withdrawal is only as real as the forum from which you're withdrawing. That said, I hope you get snapping photos again.
4.) Just because others have it worse doesn't mean what you have is great and at all good for you.
5.)I don't want to imagine you in husk form. Please find and immerse yourself in whatever will keep you nourished until Projeckt is finished. Again, swish and spit.
6.) Hugs!
Erik Ogan: haloeriktheplaid on October 11th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)

Hi! Thanks for your excitement. It really helps.

  1. It was a great show. Unfortunately, C had a massive headache, and Matt & Oralea got lost on the way to the theatre, so they missed the early portion of Shadow, before he brought out his "best-friend from middle-school," and things went down hill. But I had fun.
  2. That sounds interesting. And familiar, but at this point that could be because I keep looking at your comment and saying "I need to reply to that." I will definitely pick it up. The sour ale that so intrigued me was the Monk's Café Flemish Sour, Red Ale. My local BevMo has 22 bottle available, and it's sold out at most of the other locations, so I think I'll run down and pick some up this evening. (I need to go to Daly City to put the Sunglass Fiasco™ to bed). I also had an Orval recently. Soured, but hoppier. I think the hops masked the sour, which some people would probably see as a good thing.
    1. That never would have occurred to me, but now that you've said it, I think I'd heard that before. Probably from you. As it turned out, the dishes weren't particularly hot. There were hot salsas that we were supposed to get with our entrée (but we didn't, and while they would have been a great compliment, they weren't strictly necessary). We tried them after dessert.
  3. Well yes, I'm not overly concerned about withdrawing from virtual groups if it wasn't an example of a larger trend. I'm not all the way down, but I'm still just below the surface.
  4. I know that, which is why I mentioned it at all. The problem is that right now I'm feeling the onslaught of stupid little things. I'm just being buried by them. Monday was the worst. I actually succumbed to the (external) pressure to stay late, and ended up arriving home at 10.
  5. Thanks dear, I tried to do some mt. biking. I'll be posting about that momentarily. The PHB/bane of my existence just walked a new employee around, and was rather perturbed that I kept reminding him that I'm a temporary fixture in his group. Not nearly as perturbed as I was for having to do it.
  6. Hugs! How's your mouth?
Jonahjd5p on October 6th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
Belgian soured ales? What the heck is this and more importantly, where can I get some?
Erik Ogan: haloeriktheplaid on October 11th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Dude!
Well, you wouldn't have to ask those questions if you'd come to the dinner yourself.

Ms. "Somewhat responsible for alcohol buying for all of Whole Foods, who also happens to be of Belgian extraction" can probably speak more to what they are and where they came from. I just found out about them. See above for the two I've tried.

As to where, the answer is BevMo.
avocado_tomavocado_tom on October 10th, 2006 05:19 am (UTC)
i hear you on the "going low-pro" - that's where i'm at right now.

be well and do what you need to do (on all levels, including photogging) *HUG*