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Open thread for personal stuff, March 2015 totally real elephants edition

Totally real elephants.
Seems legit.

This month’s open thread for personal stuff is brought to you by a totally real family of elephants.

As usual for these threads: no trolls, no MRAs, no I’m-not-really-an-MRA-buts, no being jerky.

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contrapangloss
7 years ago

Happy belated Birthday, Robert!

LBT, is it bad if I’m very, very, extraordinarily happy you and sneak exist but also really sad that all the bad things happened that make you exist?

contrapangloss
7 years ago

*made you exist. I can’t do tenses.

::head-desk::

LBT (with open writeathon!)

RE: contrapangloss

That’s pretty much how I feel about it, so yes!

Also, I totally took your Mammoth prompt about 90% of your skin powers and wrote Hamster Man. Chester “Cheeks” Maccio has come all the way from Vermont to see what superheroing is like in the big leagues, and then he and Lorry end in a firefight.

This prompt is up for $24, since you paid a little in advance!

kellyrtillson
7 years ago

Are they dressed as Babar’s family?!?!?!?!

Robert
Robert
7 years ago

That photo reminds me of a parody of Babar the National Lampoon had back in the 1970s. It was done in the original art style, but the story was about the original inhabitants of Celesteville revolting and overthrowing Babar’s Europhile colonial regime. I wonder if any American humor magazine would run a piece like that today.

Seeing elephants in real life is a strange experience for me – they don’t look like ordinary Earth animals, and the longer I look, the stranger they get. Our local zoo has a very up to date elephant habitat; the last time I took the kids, we got there just in time to see one defecate and urinate. Oh, how the children laughed. Good elephant news – Ringling Bros. has announced that they’re phasing out the elephant acts and retiring them. Took ’em long enough.

chimisaur
chimisaur
7 years ago

Happy belated birthday Robert and relevant LBT folks! I just caught up with WHTM all the way from December and thought I should pop by to say hello. Nothing much up here but the ever-present job-hunt slog. Puppy and Kitty say hello as well. I guess I’ll return to my lurk-cave now. Hugs for anyone who wants them!

suffrajitsu
suffrajitsu
7 years ago

Happy belated birthday Robert and LBT!

Wanted to ask: is anybody doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April? I did it last July for the full 50,000 and won but thanks to college workload, only got 25,000 when I tried for Nano in November. I’m planning to finish the November novel with a target word count of 25,000.

katz
7 years ago

Wanted to ask: is anybody doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April? I did it last July for the full 50,000 and won but thanks to college workload, only got 25,000 when I tried for Nano in November. I’m planning to finish the November novel with a target word count of 25,000.

No, but I do make a hobby out of motivating other writers. Grab me on twitter @gwenckatz if you want to find out what “motivation” means.

(It means gifs, mostly.)

Luzbelitx
7 years ago

So, my daughter’s father is becoming closer and closer to a real life MRA (or maybe he was all along?)

His latest deed was calling me a parasite for taking him to court and getting an agreement on child support! Until then, I was hoping really hard we could talk like grown ups, but now…

He also called my lawyer and claimed he was “desperately trying to talk to her daughter” because I wouldn’t answer his calls for a few hours after he insulted me.

On other news, I already have an appointment with mental health services. Besides the extreme anxiety and occasional suicidal thoughts I’m considering discussing a gender transition, even though I see it as a faint possibility at the moment…

Luzbelitx
7 years ago

*I meant his daughter.

Zolnier
Zolnier
7 years ago

Not sure if this is personal but Terry Pratchett passed away today.

contrapangloss
7 years ago

Internet hugs, Luzbelitx, if you need them.

Good luck with your appointment with the folks at mental health services, and with the lawer/ex shenanigans, too.

chimisaur
chimisaur
7 years ago

“Not sure if this is personal but Terry Pratchett passed away today.”

It sure *feels* personal. I mean, I know I have no right to feel this way since I’m just a fan, but I’m grieving a bit.

Zolnier
Zolnier
7 years ago

Apparently he died with his cat on his lap surrounded by family, so at least there’s that.

Also, good luck Luz, with everything.

contrapangloss
7 years ago

…I have bronchitis. It is annoying. But, treatable! They gave me super-cough-suppressing syrup, which is surprisingly terrible at actually suppressing coughs but fairly good at making me find things amusing.

If I weren’t so tired, I’d be freaking out over my head not working right, because there’s something in this cough syrup that’s making me think a bit weirdly, but I’m too tired to be as disturbed as usual. I’m surprised I haven’t got to the “BRAIN! STOP WORKING ALL WRONG AND I DON’T LIKE THIS AND BRAIN PLEASE WORK RIGHT” that usually happens when I go on prescription drugs with drowsiness warnings.

Usually, I’d be in tears from the brain not workingness by now.

But I’m tired, and everything is funny! Except for this stupid “Cough my lungs out every five minutes” thing.

On the plus side, now that the doc at the clinic has successfully read me the riot act about continuing to do all the things (work, class, drills, but not actual EMS calls or shifts because I’m not that much of an awful person to drag my disease laden carcass over to poor people who already have enough problems), I have a legit excuse to curl up on the sofa and do nothing.

By do nothing, I mean drink ALL the tea, cough all the coughs, take my meds at the right times, and rewatch all of the Lord of the Rings movies in t he hopes of finally feeling better by day 2 or 3 of the antibiotics!

Seriously, I forgot how excellently snarky Boromir’s “They’ve got a cave troll” line was. Seriously, the character may be kind of awful later, but that line was excellent. Like, he said it in the tone of “Oh, what an ugly dinner plate that is. Wonderful”

Also, Legolas makes all the faces. I haven’t seen the hobbit movies, because reasons, but Legolas’s goofy faces are hilarious. Who needs actual lines when you can just make ALL THE FACES.

And wait, we just started another round of “Frodo Stares at the Ring”! I should start a game. Make a new cup of tea every time Frodo Stares at the Ring… or something.

…and I’ll stop now.

Bronchitis sucks.

I hope you all are doing well, and contactless hugs in level B Hazmat gear to any who need them, because if you need hugs you don’t need this!

Stopping now.

Zolnier
Zolnier
7 years ago

So after a long break from writing for reasons, thought I’d try starting over. Does anyone mind if I drop a link to the work in progress every now and again here in the personal threads?

Fibinachi
7 years ago

what, share your interesting hobby in a completely non-instrusive manner by linking to it so anyone can read your words at their own leiesurely pace and respond if they so desire?

no. Stop that. You’re not allowed to have interesting hobbies that you can share with other people nicely by linking things sometimes.

You have to embed the link in a gif of a cat first, obviously.

I mean, anything else is just wrong Zolnier.

(;

Zolnier
Zolnier
7 years ago

Well the protagonist owns a robot kitten so I guess it counts.

Zolnier
Zolnier
7 years ago

It’s a sci fi thing

ej
ej
7 years ago

@Zolnier
You had me at robot kitten!

Also, look what is opening here tomorrow!
http://www.nottinghampost.com/Nottingham-s-cat-cafe-set-open-weekend/story-26200197-detail/story.html

They’re already booked solid for the first week.

Zolnier
Zolnier
7 years ago

Basically, cryogenically preserved seven year old member of a doomsday cult is ressurected on by ultra collective pseudo utopia

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