I Will Love It, And Squeeze It

Hello old friends whom I am ashamed to have been a part from for so long!

My control over my life has been steadily slipping away from me for the entirety of 2017 and has no intention of stopping in the forseeable future. I will not bore you with the details, but suffice it to say that I have still not found a place to live despite still being imminently kicked out of my house, I have family members in the hospital and no way of knowing whether or not I will be able to see them in time, I have only just got my hands back on a vehicle which can get me to work after months without it, and the main reason for my disconnect from the greater internet world was due mostly to my faithful computer crashing, being repaired with the digital equivalent of a role of duct tape, and then immediately afterwards getting cut off from the internet in my home for another 2 weeks. Because that is the story of my life.

But enough moping about things I cannot change. I have returned, shamefacedly, and intend on catching up on oh so many things I have been meaning to talk about. What shall it be? Politics? Science? Ethics? Atheism? Let’s find out, shall we?

SOML Stories: A New Segment

While I was in France, I had a stressful, crazy, and very typical of my life set of problems happen to me. As the other instructors of the workshop watched the whole thing unfold, they laughed and commiserated, and told me that I should write a book about my collection of stories, so that other people will feel better about these kinds of things when they happen to them. In the telling, it became abundantly clear that I get into these sorts of situations more than anyone else I know, and the more similar stories I told, the more I realized just how many I have. In any case these kinds of situations, while stressful at the time, have certainly made me into a person who is good at improvising solutions.

Well, I don’t much fancy writing a book, but I figured a new segment on this blog might be appropriate, along with “This Week In Zoology”, “Tough Questions”, “Cultural Differences” and “Bad Science”. If you find them boring, or if they lose some of their comedic value in typing, feel free to let me know and I’ll cancel it. For now, I’ll tell the one that prompted the suggestion that I write these down. Funnily enough, this one seems barely noteworthy in the light of the ones that have happened to me in the past: I’d rank it a 4/10 in how stressed I was, and a 3/10 on my crazy coincidence scale. Nevertheless, it is the story that started the idea for the segment, so here is my first “Story of my Life” Story: My struggles with the IT Department that does not think solving your problems is in their job description.

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