Dude in Distress on Hiatus for October

Dude in Distress on Hiatus for October
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EssayBee 12th Oct 2020, 9:51 AM
Hi, everyone. The past two weeks have been really rough, and they've sucked a lot of the creative energy out of me. Two weeks ago, my work--due in part to the toll COVID has taken on academic publishing--laid off a number of folks in my department, including someone I supervise, as well as many others I've worked with for over a decade and consider friends. Then, last week, we lost one of our cats to a fatal asthma attack, where she died in my arms while I first tried to give her her steroids, and then tried to resuscitate her to no avail. Both of these horrific incidents just kind of drained me, and I've decided to take the rest of the month of October off from posting content.

Not to worry. My enjoyment of telling these stories has not diminished, and the thought of stopping has never crossed my mind, so both Fusion and Dude and Distress will continue in November. This is just a pause for me to get in a more positive frame of mind.


O8h7w 12th Oct 2020, 2:10 PM
Have a good break. I don't know where you live, but where I live the autumn currently makes nature very colorful on the sunny days. I highly recommend to go on a hike - if at all possible.

When the sun is out it is the easiest and cheapest way possible to feel better. Just carry some water to drink, some sandwiches and chocolate bars to eat when having a break, possibly some tea or coffee or beer to drink at break. Go out. Enjoy. :)

If there is risk for rain showers, this is easily handled. A rain jacket or an umbrella and some reasonable footwear and you will be dry enough.

Don't hike when it rains non-stop though. Unless you have experience on how to make that non-miserable... clothing that works (and you know how to use), rainproof packing (doubly so for food and for toilet paper), a quick roof for short breaks and the non-trivial combination of having roof and campfire for longer breaks... In some ways it is easier than you'd think, but if you think having waterproof or breathable waterproof* clothing will keep you dry, you'll be sorely disappointed. If it rains non-stop you will be wet, no two ways about it. The trick is to not let wet lead to cold, which is easier said than done, despite being halfway to a tongue-twister.
KLCtheBookWorm 12th Oct 2020, 8:29 PM
Jedi hugs for your losses. This year is just the worst. We will be here when you get back.