November 27, 2022

"Tap Tap Tap"....... "Helloooo...?..." (Rubs Foot in Dirt Guiltily)

"Is this thing on?"


A reader of the blog reacts appropriately to my lack of sedulity.

Art by Lansane (Support him on Fanbox)




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June 11, 2022

Back to Work

After yet another hiatus, there is more banality below the fold.


As compensation. Here's some Klee. 

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June 03, 2022

Gracious!

All that talk about how COVID is "Just the flu" is somewhat misleading.


I haven't been THAT sick in years.

Not only was I having difficulty breathing, my blood pressure skyrocketed to 177/110, I ended up going to the hospital. 

After I was discharged I had great difficulty getting up the stairs, due to general weakness.


However, it's quite likely that I had a mild variant. I say this because I never lost my sense of smell or taste (at least any more that those senses are rendered wonky with any head-cold),  I never had the headache so often reported or the GI issues. 

But every time I coughed, I felt like my skeleton was trying to escape from my skin.

Because of the nigh insurmountable obstacle my stairs presented, I ended up sleeping on the downstairs couch for a few days.

Four days ago I started to improve markedly and by day-before-yesterday I felt much better.

I'm still a bit weak, but I have no other symptoms. 

Today, my state quarantine period ended and I went to work. However, UPS policy is to wear a mask for 5 days after symptoms end and, well, I can't wear a mask any more because of the stroke. I have face shields, and the boss decided that was fine but after about 10 minutes my weakness visibly caught up with me. Since we were over staffed, for a change, the supervisor decided to give me the option  home. I took him up on it. I'll report to work normally on Monday. 

I'll finally get paid again in two weeks.


"Damnit!"

Glad I've got a cushion and plenty of food stocked up. 
For a lot of people, loosing 2 weeks pay and gaining a hospital bill would be a disaster, and that is what a huge swath of our population is facing from this bug right now, assuming they don't have any co-morbidities that cause Winnie-the-Flu to leave them dead or crippled. 

This bug looks like it will be with us from now on, like a flu but far worse. We've got to learn to live with it without going bonkers or paranoid. And given the likelihood that this was a result of well intentioned but ill conceived experiments in bio-preparedness, we need to reassess our policies in that area. 


Corona-Chan remains smugly confident that we won't.

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May 22, 2022

Remedial Groundskeeping.

Banality is below the fold.


As compensation here is TokyoGenso's take on what the Tokyo Big Sight would look like if the groundskeeper had a stroke:


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April 13, 2022

Izsh Ogey...I Fyne

Banality is below the fold. 

As compensation, here is the answer to the pressing question, "What would Next Generation have been like if Filmation had done it." 

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February 06, 2022

Adventures in Delicacies

Delicacies are funny things.


In theory, they are exquisite examples of the culinary art, spoiling the palette with orgasmic bliss delivered by the skill of a 4 star chef. 

However...

There are also cultural delicacies. 
I think these broadly fall into two categories. 

1: A food that is the symbol of hope and survival, that a society ate during the starving time when they could find nothing else, but it is a cultural symbol of that societies perseverance and they are all attuned to have positive emotions associated with it since it is eaten only at memorial festivals. 

2: A dirty trick a society plays on outsiders, assuring them that "This is a delicacy....You'll offend us if you don't like it." all the while laughing at the stupid foreigner that they dearly wish they could just beat up. 

You know, like natto.


I am not sure which of those categories fried jellyfish fits into.



But I'm pretty sure it is one of them.

The little octopuses were quite good, aside from having jellyfish juice on them.

Jade Villa, is a somewhat austerely apportioned Chinese restaurant  in Virginia Beach. It lacks the fancy fixtures that adorn so many high end sit-down Chinese establishments, but it has a huge menu of superb and truly exotic dishes...and cultural delicacies. Out of respect to somebody that is not out of the hospital yet, I refrained, this time,  from ordering their exquisite Peking Duck. 

They have 2 menus, one a perfectly normal American style Chinese food one finds in any city (albeit very well prepared)...and the big red menu, which is in Chinese and English, and which  I have not tried everything on after several years.

I highly recommend the establishment, even if I cannot provide much heartfelt advocacy for any hypothetical National Jellyfish Association.

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January 26, 2022

Progress

The random Barista is a catgirl. This is noteworthy but is unrelated to the Banality below the fold.


Art by Daikazoku63 support him on Patreon.

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January 17, 2022

2020 #2

Banality is below fold....Oh look. Pretty scenery.

Art by 行之LV. Check out her Weibo channel.
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January 01, 2022

It's 2022

At least here on the Eastern Seaboard of North America 



Art by Nardack
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December 13, 2021

Holiday Banality.




Narmaya in a holiday mood by Homidere.
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October 31, 2021

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity-Jig


Art by Lansane. Support them on Fanbox and Skeb!
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September 25, 2021

Blogging Via Dial-Up Sucks

On the other hand, finally being able to walk 4 miles without a cane is most gratifying.


I still can't  run or jump, but I'm now going to out-patient Physical Therapy and have access to special equipment so I can work on that.

Furthermore, I walked past the school and blundered upon a gun store on the side of the road 2 miles distant and discovered 9mm ammunition for less than 50 cents a round. Walking back carrying the unexpected prize was harder, but it was satisfying.


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September 18, 2021

Annoyances and Frustrations

Banality is below the fold. As compensation here's a rendering of GranBlue Fantasy's Zeta by Houtengeki. Support him on Pixiv Fanbox!



Yeah, I know, but it was pretty canonical before the...'downgrade".
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September 08, 2021

Achievement : UNLOCKED

Walked 1.2 miles outside. 



Unrelated  picture of... I guess it's a Windmill... is by Kokotan.

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August 23, 2021

Life's Little Milestone's

I put on my shoes and socks ALL BY MYSELF!



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August 19, 2021

Banality Update

A quick update on the recovery.



 Unrelated art by XilmO@夕末
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August 09, 2021

Banality SUCKS

Of all the things...that which I needed least was such a magnificent confirmation of my fogiedom.





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August 05, 2021

Having Stroke

called ambulace

typing with left hand
thx for reading 

UPDATE:
No computer 
Still in hospital.
Will be in rehab for weeks.
Can walk  (bàrely) 
Can talk (barely).
Cannot write.
Cannot use chopsticks.

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July 31, 2021

The Evolution of Policy

Well, that was short lived. 




Clown world asserts itself.


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July 15, 2021

Meanwhile: At Work


Art by Hiromu 
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