Posted by: GeekHiker | June 1, 2008

Sickly Notes

(I’m still a bit sick and my writing skills are in the toilet, but here’s a few poorly-written random tidbits anyway…)

There’s something about being sick that makes me very… melancholy. Don’t know why. Maybe it has something to do with spending half the night coughing and hacking.

I’m not usually one to complain about a simple cold but, damn, this one has kinda thrown me for a loop. Not the cold so much as the above mentioned cough. Last night I didn’t get to sleep til sometime past 3, and woke up at ten. How on Earth I’m going to reset my clock for work is beyond me.

Aw, shucks. Maybe I’ll just have to take another day off work. Darn.

* * *

Ever notice when you take a day or two off the web, all the bloggers you read post like crazy? Took four hours to catch up! Heh.

* * *

Have you ever had a box of old papers, magazines, and the like, just sitting around? A box filled with stuff that, while you know you want to keep some of it and throw most of it away, you need to find the time to sit down and actually go through it, piece by piece?

Never quite managing to find the time, the box just ends up being shoved into a corner somewhere?

And do you ever think to yourself “the next time I’m home sick, I’ll sit down and go through that darn box”?

Okay, maybe that’s just me.

So I took Thursday and Friday off to be sick, and did I go through the box? Hell, no. Instead I watched movies. And slept. And hacked up a lung or two. And watched some really bad television.*

I figure I’ve got a job that gives me the sick time, I may as well use it effectively, right? (Wow, do I ever not miss jobs with no sick time, where I had to go in! Those of you that do, you have my empathy.)

The real negative to the whole thing is that I had to back out of a planned hike Saturday. I won’t say where it is (maybe I can do it later this summer), but it’s still depressing. It was going to be my first really, really good hike since the knee got better.

Bah, I’m having a terrible hiking year so far, aren’t I?

* * *

In other news, the girlfriend of the neighbor stopped by today. She hasn’t seen him in days and wants me to call her if he comes home. She’s apparently worried that he’s going to do something, shall we say, stupid. She’s convinced as well that, if she can just get a hold of him, she can “fix” everything.

I took her number, but only begrudgingly. I was actually rather cold to her about the whole situation.

Those of you who’ve known me for a while know that I’m usually very sympathetic to people, to whatever hardship people are going through. I’m not the type of guy who thinks to myself bitterly, “Yea! I may be single, but they’re going through hell! Sweet!”. Not exactly me.

But, dammit, I just can’t seem to come up with a lot of empathy here. She was looking for it, clearly, but after six months of listening to this crap, being woken up late at night, the screaming, crying and glass-breaking, and finally the cops last weekend, I find whatever shred of sympathy I had for them or their troubles has simply evaporated.

I find I just don’t care, and I sure as hell don’t want to be involved. And while I certainly hope the guy doesn’t hurt himself (as she seems to believe), I find this whole other side of me thinking “dammit, he’s an adult…”

Does that make me a heartless bastard, or am I just looking out for my best interests here?

* * *

* In my defense, I only lasted about 10 minutes. Once she started seeking a boar to impregnate her pet pig, who was in heat, I found that I just couldn’t, uh, relate to those sorts of difficulties…



  1. Sorry to hear you are still hacking and coughing your way to being unemployed — get to work! Just kidding. Hope you feel better soon.

    About the * note: I did not see the asterisk the first time I read the post and thought the whole pig impregnation thing was a continuation of your neighbor issues. Whew! Glad I was wrong about that but Dude, you really need to revamp your reality TV sick at home tv watching.

  2. Dang GH, sorry you still aren’t feeling well! Mucinex helps with coughing up a lung! I know exactly how you feel! I was there in April!

  3. Haha I did the same thing Dingo did – I had to backtrack because it just didn’t seem right that your neighbor would be talking pig impregnation…or maybe that would be an appropriate topic for someone like her to bring up… Hope you’re well on your way to a hike next weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hope you’re feeling better! Methinks you deserve some new hiking gear for all the crappy stuff you’ve had going on recently.

    Your neighbors? Are crazy.

  5. I would normally ask what you were thinking, actually watching the Denise Richards Show but … I was watching it with the Wife.

    What YOU gave me only last a day or so so thank you for keeping the worst for yourself ๐Ÿ˜‰ Get well soon.

  6. Dingo – LOL, I can see where that would be an odd association!

    Dobegil – Blergh, we’ve all been there, haven’t we?

    Mel Heth – You know, you’re right. I’m not sure what to think about that girl…

    Ruby – Slowly but surely. I think you have a good idea, though. ๐Ÿ™‚ Indeed they seem to be, eh?

    Homer-Dog – HA HA HA, thanks for the chuckle. I dunno, though, I was perfectly healthy before I ventured up there…

  7. Still sick – that’s the problems with colds — they linger! Sometimes I wish that they would just turn into a really bad 24 hour flu and be done with it! Work planned for sick days?? I don’t think I have ever planned work for sick days — sleeping, movies, and bad tv — definitely where it is at. And the neighbor – that is simply awesome! I love that after all this time, your forming a stronger relationship ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. I hope you’re on the mend! Crazy sickness. I can’t even say I enjoy a good sick day when you’re feeling like garbage, I always enjoy a good “mental” health day. hehehe…

    on the other end, don’t feel bad about the chickie. Hopefully she’ll see the light eventually.

  9. I’ve got a knack for colds. I tend to get sick when I’m off or during a holiday. That way I can’t really miss work.

    Glad I don’t have that many bloggers to read by the way. Strangle that cold as quick as you can.

  10. Aly – “stronger relationship”! Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha! *wipes tear of laughter from eye*

    cripkitty – I am, ‘cept for the lingering cough. Nope, don’t feel bad at all.

    Gany – Ugh, that’s terrible luck. Thanks.

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