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Re: 🔥 To make a fire
« Reply #30 on: August 24, 2018, 12:00:19 PM »
There will be no more Convocations, no more Last Adventures for RE, other than the Last Adventure of the Imagination I have here with my keyboard.  My life as a part of the society, as a friend to other Homo Saps is OVAH.  Now all I am is a brudensome meat package in need of a rapid disposal into the waste bin of human history on earth.  Just a piece of eternal trash in the mozaic of life in the multiverse.
Only you can determine how much you can take physically, but don't discount the contribution you are making to society online.  It is still a lot more than quite a few people in the prime of their lives.  As I look towards a remaining lifetime of chemotherapy, I am hoping regular visits to an active Doomstead Diner will continue for a significant fraction of that.

Your contribution here has been quite substantial too. Just sayin'.  Glad to see you're able to drop in.

Just let me add two thumbs up to that as well.

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Re: 🔥 To make a fire
« Reply #31 on: August 24, 2018, 12:33:49 PM »
There will be no more Convocations, no more Last Adventures for RE, other than the Last Adventure of the Imagination I have here with my keyboard.  My life as a part of the society, as a friend to other Homo Saps is OVAH.  Now all I am is a brudensome meat package in need of a rapid disposal into the waste bin of human history on earth.  Just a piece of eternal trash in the mozaic of life in the multiverse.
Only you can determine how much you can take physically, but don't discount the contribution you are making to society online.  It is still a lot more than quite a few people in the prime of their lives.  As I look towards a remaining lifetime of chemotherapy, I am hoping regular visits to an active Doomstead Diner will continue for a significant fraction of that.

Your contribution here has been quite substantial too. Just sayin'.  Glad to see you're able to drop in.

Just let me add two thumbs up to that as well.

You are missed, JD, and appreciated when you pop in.

If somebody decides to get a lotto ticket for the big drawing every week they might be forced to realize that life as a meat package past the pull date might still make a great stew after all.  The time you can't ever get lucky is after you are dead, never before!  Be open to happy surprise.



If you won big you would have to do something with it.  Oh the pain.

Hi J.D. glad you dropped in.
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Re: 🔥 To make a fire
« Reply #32 on: August 24, 2018, 12:55:48 PM »
There will be no more Convocations, no more Last Adventures for RE, other than the Last Adventure of the Imagination I have here with my keyboard.  My life as a part of the society, as a friend to other Homo Saps is OVAH.  Now all I am is a brudensome meat package in need of a rapid disposal into the waste bin of human history on earth.  Just a piece of eternal trash in the mozaic of life in the multiverse.
Only you can determine how much you can take physically, but don't discount the contribution you are making to society online.  It is still a lot more than quite a few people in the prime of their lives.  As I look towards a remaining lifetime of chemotherapy, I am hoping regular visits to an active Doomstead Diner will continue for a significant fraction of that.

Visitors to the Diner don't have to cart around a Useless Eater and fantasize about abandoning his crippled ass in the mountains.  As long as I never go on another vacation with healthy people I'll do fine keyboarding away here on the Diner.  Cripples should not take vacations with healthy people, neither one of them enjoys the experience.  Cripples should only take vacations with other cripples and their paid Personal Care Assistants, who because they are getting paid don't resent helping the cripple as much as unpaid volunteers do.

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Re: 🔥 To make a fire
« Reply #33 on: August 24, 2018, 01:17:37 PM »
There will be no more Convocations, no more Last Adventures for RE, other than the Last Adventure of the Imagination I have here with my keyboard.  My life as a part of the society, as a friend to other Homo Saps is OVAH.  Now all I am is a brudensome meat package in need of a rapid disposal into the waste bin of human history on earth.  Just a piece of eternal trash in the mozaic of life in the multiverse.
Only you can determine how much you can take physically, but don't discount the contribution you are making to society online.  It is still a lot more than quite a few people in the prime of their lives.  As I look towards a remaining lifetime of chemotherapy, I am hoping regular visits to an active Doomstead Diner will continue for a significant fraction of that.

Visitors to the Diner don't have to cart around a Useless Eater and fantasize about abandoning his crippled ass in the mountains.  As long as I never go on another vacation with healthy people I'll do fine keyboarding away here on the Diner.  Cripples should not take vacations with healthy people, neither one of them enjoys the experience.  Cripples should only take vacations with other cripples and their paid Personal Care Assistants, who because they are getting paid don't resent helping the cripple as much as unpaid volunteers do.

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If we went camping up at the old mine, 1 of us would return home to a hot shower.  :evil4:
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Re: The Last Great Alaskan Bucket List Adventure 1: Of Talismans and Shrines
« Reply #34 on: August 24, 2018, 01:36:12 PM »
In all fairness to cripples, we have some pretty "right on" campsites for their special needs.

Grand Canyon Caverns & the descent to Supai Falls are equipped for special needs. To go to Supai you'd need a chopper. It's do-able.
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I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why youíre here. Youíre here because you know something. What you know you canít explain, but you feel it. Youíve felt it your entire life, that thereís something wrong with the world.
You donít know what it is but its there, like a splinter in your mind

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Re: 🔥 To make a fire
« Reply #35 on: August 24, 2018, 01:37:16 PM »

It's a DNA thang....

You're either born with Mother Theresa DNA or your not. I'm in the not category.

If we went camping up at the old mine, 1 of us would return home to a hot shower.  :evil4:

Thus demonstrating why Cripples should not take vacations with Healthy People.

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Requiem for a Failed Bucket List Adventure
« Reply #36 on: August 26, 2018, 08:42:40 AM »


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Published on the Doomstead Diner on August 26, 2018






RE enjoys a fun vacation trapped in the jump seat of an RV



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The photo in the header here should tell you everything you need to know about my long anticipated Last Great Alaskan Bucket List Adventure.  Does that look like a Happy Camper to you?  For 4 days I rotted in the Jump Seat of an RV in the damp cold, while my Healthy friends went off galavanting around the various campgrounds we stayed at to go see Glaciers and observe the incredible amount of water we have flowing everywhere around here these days.  Right now, drought in Alaska is about the last Natural Disaster we have to worry about.  Here's what Happy, Healthy people look like when they are on a camping vacation, even if it is raining all the time:



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You can read a lot more about the failed Last Great Alaskan Bucket List Adventure Inside the Diner, where I did some chronicling of the tripwhile it was ongoing, plus a few more articles since covering the failed aspect of the Cooking part of the Adventure I had hoped to undertake on this trip.  One thing about cooking though as a hobby, it takes both a Cook or Chef and people to EAT the food.  If the people you are travelling with reject your food as Unworthy, then you have a real problem if you invested a lot of emotional energy in cooking up food, which I did.  I can't help that, first off I am a life-long Foodie, and second off there isn't much left for me anymore besides Cooking.  I mean Good Grief, just LOOK at that rotting Meat Package up at the top of the page here?  Do YOU think this guy has many Happy Daze in his life?



Sadly, Healthy People don't generally realize just how unhappy and uncomfortable Cripples are, nro do they really give a shit about it as long as their own needs are being met.  I don't think my Guests on this "vacation" even grasped I was having an awful time until after we got back and I explicitly TOLD Eddy I had a terrible time.  His reaction?  Basicaly that he was sorry I did not enjoy the trip but, hey, he had a GREAT time checking out those Glaciers!  lol.  I have formulated new Rules for Cripples based on this experience, which in a nutshell say that Cripples should not take Vacations with Healthy People.  The only Healthy People a Cripple should go on Vacations with is one the Cripple pays to help him/her, known in the Cripple Community as PCAs or "Personal Caare Assistants".  These folks will drive you around, wash your dishes and wipe your ass if necessary all for the Bargain Low, Low Price every day of around $28/hr.  They don't resent you for this the way friends and relatives who are volunteers resent it because they get paid for the task, and paid decently well considering you need little to no training for this job and most of the time it isn't too hard.  Not like Coal Mining or getting behind a horse-rawn plow anyhow.  Just a little gross periodically if your Cripple has bowel issues.



Anyhowm unless you are a very RICH Cripple like David Rockefeller, having a PCA around 24/7 for a vacation is a huge drain on your savings, and not one I am inclined to spend at the moment.  I'll hire a PCA to come in an help me for a couple of hours a couple of times a week in my digs as I need it, but I am not going to pay for somebody to spend 24/7 with me for the duration of a camping trip.  Which leaves me with 3 basic options now.



1- The most obvious, quit camping!  You're about as unfit now to do that as you are to run a marathon!



2- Find other Cripples who enjoy Camping and organize Cripple Camping Trips with them where you visit campsites that have good Cripple Facilities like those great rails you need to get off the commode and back on your Cripple Cart after taking adump at the outhose at the campsite.



3- Camp Out in Luxury Hotel Suites with Room Service, Wireless Internet and big comfortable King Sized beds to sleep in.  The hotel room should also have a nice Balcony you are allowed to smoke on and an Ice Machine you can get to quickly on your Cripple Cart to fix a drink.  Do not invite any Healthy People on these vacations, let them frolick in the rain somewhere else.



Follow these rules, and you may avoid a fate where your friends and relatives feed you Dog Food and use you as Target Practice for a game of Darts.



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👨‍🍳 Never Cook at Home
« Reply #37 on: August 26, 2018, 09:49:10 AM »
And if you are a Cripple, don't Cook if you are away from home either!



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Never Cook at Home


Trust me, I know itís a drag.

By Deb Perelman

Ms. Perelman runs the cooking blog Smitten Kitchen.

    Aug. 25, 2018

I am a home cook in New York City. I have shared more than 1,400 recipes on my website, Smitten Kitchen, and Iíve written two cookbooks. I am the kind of insufferable person who squeals when the first tomatoes of the season show up at the farmersí market and I post about them on Instagram with abandon.

But there are many good reasons to never cook at home. I know because I bail regularly.

First of all, those tomatoes are often staggeringly expensive, as they should be. Farming is brutally hard work. And the results are highly unpredictable, Iíve found in my few failed stints as a Gentlewoman Balcony Farmer.

In a city where rents have never been higher, groceries also cost huge chunks of money. As long you can buy five dumplings in Chinatown for $1.25 ó forever, I hope ó itís never going to be purely economical to cook at home.

And what kind of monster wants to turn on an oven in August, anyway? That wheezing window air-conditioner can only do so much. Did your landlord find your grill on the fire escape and confiscate it, your only way to cook without melting in your apartment?



Do you know what doesnít overheat an apartment in August?

A Popsicle for dinner.

Itís also hard to cook dinner if work never ends. The extinction of a 9-to-5 workday has largely decimated whatever cushion of time one might use to prepare a meal. And when we get home, weíre more exhausted than ever. Netflix, not a sink full of dishes, beckons.

Restaurant delivery is a glorious thing. Everything goes in the trash chute and you have zero dishes to wash. (Unless youíre the kind of civilized person who transfers takeout to plates, in which case, warmly, I believe youíve brought these problems on yourself.)

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Cooking, especially a new dish, is a huge gamble. Did the recipe author forget that you donít have line cooks doing your prep? Was the ninth ingredient in that recipe a confit you were supposed to have made weeks ago? Do they chide you for not using the ďbestĒ butter? So many potential pitfalls, all of which could be avoided by not participating.

Even good recipes lie. The yields are often bananas. The cooking times are always dubious, too. A ď20-minute recipeĒ seems to take me, on average, about 75 minutes.

But everyone knows that cooking is really the least of the hurdles. Creating a meal alone ó schlepping groceries, doing all the prep, all the dishes, and being stuck with days of leftovers ó can feel like an education in why you should definitely not do that again anytime soon.
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Obstacles to cooking can come from inside the house, too. Any of the spouses, partners or roommates we have invited into our lives can come home any day and tell us that he or she has adopted a new diet and can no longer eat whatever you just unpacked from the grocery store or love the most.

Letís say you and this spouse or partner have worked out your mixed-dietary relationship and decide to build a mixed-dietary family? Adding more humans to your life means you will have to prepare food with more urgency, thus eliminating the joy it brings you.

Maybe you have one of those types of kids who willingly eats kale. Enjoy your good luck, but keep this to yourself. Youíve beaten the odds and itís impolite to brag. Most parents are mired in a daily battle against young people with untenable demands for a steady diet of macaroni and cheese and halved grapes.

Also, sanctimonious cooks are annoying. You feed your children what? Honestly, nothing makes me crave a bowl of cold cereal for dinner like someone telling me the most important thing I can do for my kidsí health, IQ, the economy and even the earth theyíll inherit is to cook dinner every night.

Weíre in a time when there is such fandom, such fervor over cooking. But those high-speed hands-and-pans videos only remind me of what a slow, inefficient cook I am. Instagram pictures of flawlessly styled plates of food make even my most successful attempts at home look flat. Professional chefs show off elaborate recipes in cookbooks. Sometimes the most sensible act of rebellion tastes like a bowl of popcorn.

I am supposed to say: You should cook anyway. Because itís the right thing to do, weíve been told ad infinitum. But I donít want to. There are enough people lining up, eager to lecture or cast a side-eye at your bowl of popcorn.

Hereís why I cook:

I like the way that closely following a recipe can alleviate pressure after a long day of having to make all the decisions.

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I love how a dish that worked, or a meal that everyone liked, has the power to change my day.

I like that pulling off a good meal when you least expect it is the fastest way to feel victorious, even when real life does not.

I like the way that, even when Iím standing over the stove, cursing the recipe writer who suggested that onions might caramelize in 10 minutes, Iím totally absorbed. Iím not on group texts. Iím not following the outrage of the moment on Twitter. Iím getting a brief, needed respite and refuel from fretting over our democracy or forcibly separated families or any of the other horrible things humans do to one another.

This thing ó focus, concentration, a goal and the reward of something delicious I get to devour ó is so rare in my day-to-day life, Iíll take it when I can. And if someone wants to do the dishes or schlep the groceries, or can give me their word that the recipe contains no surprises, I might do it again tomorrow.

Deb Perelman is the author of, most recently, ďSmitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant & Unfussy New Favorites.Ē
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Re: The Last Great Alaskan Bucket List Adventure 1: Of Talismans and Shrines
« Reply #38 on: August 26, 2018, 10:42:02 AM »
All I can say is that we tried to make it a decent bucket list adventure. Sorry it didn't work out. There was plenty of effort made (by me, especially), including being your full time Sherpa for the many boxes of stuff you insisted on shlepping along.

I must have loaded and unloaded your scooter from the RV a hundred times so you could have a little mobility.

I think this take on the trip is a whiny-ass, resentful view that doesn't come close to telling the real story, but hey, it's your blog and your life. Live it and write it to please yourself.

If you're trying to piss me me off, you've succeeded admirably. I'm not sure I understand why you deliberately do and say things to alienate the few people left in the real world who actually do care about you, but allow me to point out that it's a pathological character trait.
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Re: The Last Great Alaskan Bucket List Adventure 1: Of Talismans and Shrines
« Reply #39 on: August 26, 2018, 11:09:09 AM »

I think this take on the trip is a whiny-ass, resentful view that doesn't come close to telling the real story, but hey, it's your blog and your life. Live it and write it to please yourself.

No it doesn't tell the "real story", but some stuff you have to keep to yourself because other people will resent you if you write it.  So you try to strike a middle ground on this, which maybe I missed.

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If you're trying to piss me me off, you've succeeded admirably. I'm not sure I understand why you deliberately do and say things to alienate the few people left in the real world who actually do care about you, but allow me to point out that it's a pathological character trait.

Not trying to "piss you off", I am just telling how I felt along for the ride on this trip.  It was my experience and I am not writing it to "piss you off",  I'm writing it because it's the most recent semi-interesting thing that has occurred in my life.  I don't think this is a pathological character trait.

Sorry you are pissed off by my retelling of the Adventure from my POV.  You are of course :hi: to write it how you experienced it.

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