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I’m back! Or at least I will be as of tomorrow. I hope you all enjoyed your Christmases, if you’re into that sort of thing. Mine was low-key but pleasant.

Sorry to have been out of touch; I ended up taking a little Christmas staycation from the blog and social media generally to kind of clear my head of all this manosphere junk for a little while. But I will be back and posting tomorrow.

Also, on a somewhat related note, does anyone have good advice on buying a new laptop? My current one is held together with duct tape (due to a cat-related incident); meanwhile an assortment of keys in the middle of my keyboard have stopped working properly, which does tend to slow down the writing process a bit. I’ll post more about what I’m looking for in the comments below.

Anyway, helllooo again! How are you all doing? Any plans for New Year’s?

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epitome of incomrepehensibility

@Tigerheart – yes; added to the grief, it feels weird and unreal when you’re used to someone being there and they’re not. I’m so sorry about your loss.

@Alan, same. Also, you reminded me of when I was 13, when my grandpa was in the hospital with a bunch of problems (diabetes complications, heart trouble…) and Mom mentioned there was a fly in the room. He said, “Where’s the ointment?”

The sad part is, she thought this meant he was getting better, but he died a few weeks later…as if someone couldn’t make silly puns and also be dying (though I question the action movies where people throw out one-liners when they’re in immediate danger – but anyway).

Laptops: I’ve had this $600-ish Acer for 6 years and it still works well! But the power cord was crap – I had to replace it twice, the 2nd time with a different brand of cord (much better now).

Alan Robertshaw
5 months ago

@ gss ex noob, susan, & epitome of incomprehensibilty

Ah thank you for your kinds words. And yes, I do feel ‘lucky’ that I got up there. I really feel for everyone who didn’t have that opportunity. They had it much worse than me.

5 months ago

First of all, I really appreciate this blog! as a recovering manospherian calling out these people and their beliefs not rooted in reality helps others realize(at least in my case) just how irrational, stupid, and dangerous these beliefs are. For computers, it depends what you do: Are you a gamer? Origin or Alienware makes good quality laptops in my opinion(still have an Alienware from 2010 that still runs and an Origin 13″ from 2014 that can still handle some AAA games.) If it is just writing and office work a standard laptop workstation fron HP or Dell with a large memory could work

GSS ex-noob
GSS ex-noob
5 months ago

Dads having humor till the end reminds me of an Aussie acquaintance some years ago.

The father was in a nursing home for physical reasons but still had all his marbles.

Pushing the call button repeatedly brought absolutely no aid to him, and he needed help to get to the toilet in a prompt fashion. Service had been slow and begrudging for some time before this.

So he called the emergency number 111.

They sent round a paramedic to help and a police officer to inquire as to why patients were being treated this way, and did the authorities need to look into it further?

Aussie Dad became the hero of all the residents, not to mention the hero of the town after it made their paper/radio/etc. IIRC the main offender was freed to seek other employment and a new young person was hired.

For the rest of his life, he got excellent service. Which he didn’t abuse, but when you gotta go, you gotta go.

5 months ago

@Alan @opposablethumbs @Lizzie @dalilama @David @epitome Thank you all for your kindness – sorry for not replying sooner. I have a lot of good memories of my dad, a kind, stubborn, knowledgeable, thoughtful, fiery, talented and funny man.

I find myself at times ‘talking’ to my mum who passed in 2015, and I suspect the same thing will happen with my dad.

Quietly marking New Year with my husband and daughter, and toasting my dad with champagne. I think he would appreciate that.

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