Looking For Quacks In The Pavement

Category: Life (Page 1 of 131)

In Search Of

I’m looking for something to do, something to get into, something to give me a bit more purpose and energy than my current routine of Doing Almost Nothing Day After Day is providing.

General status update: Left-side shoulder (and upper arm) still hurts like hell. Blood sugar numbers aren’t great, not terrible but not great. Next doc appointment is nearly end of month. Later this week I should be able to play the Diablo II high-def remaster, which is money I kind of feel bad about spending considering the Blizzard/Activision shenanigans but dammit, I need something to look forward to and playing one of my all-time favorite games in glorious high resolution and detail counts, you know? Job’s stable (long may that continue to remain). Home life, same (and, same). Looking forward to the next season of anime, given that the summer season was almost devoid of quality material.

Hmm, maybe an anime post is in order. (Later.)

Gaming has mostly consisted of Fire Emblem: Three Houses but I’m also feeling a bit burned out now that I’m close to the finishing line on my fifth play-through. Satisfactory? I’m still waiting on that map-changing “Update 5.” Nothing else has caught my attention, except for a game on the Switch that I can’t really play because it uses my left arm so much that I end up in pain after a little while.

Getting older: It’s not for wimps.

There are some books and records coming out over the next couple months that I’m cautiously optimistic about. Maybe I’ll talk about some of that here soon.

I should… absolutely start using this site again. I know: I’ve said that so many times in the last decade. So. Many. Times.

We’ll see.

Is this the one?

As of late May I’m officially “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19 with the Pfizer product.

For what that’s worth, given that breakthroughs are a thing and mutations like Delta are a thing and even without the variants (ha ha, Loki humor) the vaccine was never a sure thing, never mind the uncertainty about the duration of the protection overall. So now, every time I have to go out among people, especially now that so many people have simply decided that masks are “for morons,” I find myself asking: Is this the one? Is this the breath that inhales the virus and gets me killed?

Not a healthy mindset, but it’s the only way my brain knows how to operate, so here we are. I absolutely do not get out much, no. And after a year and a half or so of this, I’m breaking down faster than ever.

But what else can I do? Ignoring reality isn’t the option. Blissful ignorance isn’t my style. So, here we remain.

Hopefully.

In Limbo, In Progress

Let’s see… I’m not playing Satisfactory lately because there’s a glitch in the drones system they introduced with Update 4 and it won’t be fixed until Update 5 (some time this fall… or later). I’m winding down on my Fire Emblem: Three Houses playing (about to finish Silver Snow, the only route I hadn’t done yet) and then I’ll be taking a break from that. I’m working on a physical therapy regimen for the shoulder that got rather ouch-y right after my 2nd Pfizer jab, so I’m in pain a lot. I’m trying to collect blood sugar readings as per my doctor’s request but the glucometer and I aren’t getting along very well so it’s more pain than gain. I’m still working from home and not going out much because the Delta variant of COVID-19 is… worry-making. The high-definition remaster of Diablo II isn’t out yet. The current anime season doesn’t have anything that’s really grabbed my attention. We’re between MCU Disney+ shows (Loki was meh, What If is coming up next month). My last few music purchases were okay-but-not-great.

I’m still here, I’m just not really doing much of anything beyond surviving.

Hot, Hotter, Hottest

Saturday afternoon, Portland Oregon set a new all time high temperature record of 108F.

Sunday afternoon, Portland Oregon set a new all time high temperature record of 112F.

Monday afternoon, Portland Oregon set a new all time high temperature record of 116F.

Our apartment is fairly new. The complex was built only a year or so before we moved in, and while it’s kind of cheap as these things go, it’s still moderately well built overall. This includes the insulation, which is great at keeping us warm in the colder months.

Turns out, sadly, that it’s also incapable of shedding heat in the worst of summer. We’re on the top floor and we get a lot of the afternoon & evening rays before sunset, which ensures that the building’s outer structure is good and warm for hours and hours afterward. Result? Two portable air-conditioning units running full-tilt all afternoon, evening, and overnight couldn’t get the air below 86F inside the apartment, other than for the two small spheres of space directly in front of the units themselves. This last weekend was a brutal, joyless slog and I never want to go through that again.

Since it’s only June, however, and the hottest months of the year (normally) are ahead of us… I’m not going to hold my breath.

(The only upside is that I’d put in for a few days of vacation time, which included Monday, a couple months ago, which turned out to be lucky timing because having my computer on in order to do work yesterday was not gonna be happening.)

The Mask of Covid-avoido

I’m fully vaccinated, and have been for a week now.

Mind you, good luck figuring out for sure what that actually means in the long term. As best I can tell, it means I’m much less likely to become infected by the known variants as of this writing… but it doesn’t mean I’m 100% immune, just less likely to get it.

So I’m going to keep wearing a mask around people. I don’t feel the need to double-mask (like we did for a month or so when the variants were getting scarier, and before we got our jabs) but at this point I couldn’t begin to hazard a guess as to when I’ll feel comfortable being fully maskless around people I don’t fully know and trust… which is nearly everyone on the planet, mind you.

Besides: I also didn’t catch a cold last winter, so I’m kind of a believer in masks as a general health-improvement device, you know?

Otherwise, life is just ticking along. I did a shift back in the office last week (coincidentally on my first “fully vax’d” day) and let me tell you, that was super weird. The office is back down to the size it was when I first started with the company nearly 15 years ago, so the hallway past the bathroom ends just past the bathroom door once again, which is jarring.

I’ve been playing Satisfactory, including weekly co-op games with my son, and that’s been an absolute joy. We approach things just differently enough to make things interesting, but not so differently that our styles utterly clash or make the experience too awkward.

I need a new hobby though. I’m definitely fighting the general malaise of being, well, me (with all my new lifestyle restrictions and all) on top of trying to come out from under 14 months and counting of basically never leaving the apartment. I’ve not been avoiding posting here because I forget the journal exists, I’ve been avoiding just posting one after another entry that boils down to “yup, still here, nothing’s happening, blah de blah.”

I’ll figure something out. Probably.

Between Jabs

In the middle of April, I received my first vaccine jab, Pfizer’s as it turns out. I had to head downtown for it, which was… quite the trip. I’d not been through that part of the metro area for most of a year and the place looks kind of terrible. It’s as though everyone just kind of gave up on downtown PDX being worth the upkeep anymore.

A week from now I’ll receive my second jab, so by mid-May I’ll be fully vaccinated against COVID-19… which is great so far as it goes, but we won’t know for certain how well this plays out long term until enough time passes. (Of course, we also need more people to get vaccinated, and let’s not talk about the folks who are deliberately choosing not to. I’m not feeling political, not here anyway.)

Other than that I’ve just been keeping at keeping going. Hopefully my diabetes management plan is stable now, the job keeps ticking along (knock on wood), and so forth.

I just haven’t much felt like writing about it, because… well. It’s been quite a year or so, hasn’t it?

Maybe later. If possible.

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