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Elections, Perspective and the Triumph of Count Rugen

Posted: November 11, 2022 by datechguy in Uncategorized

The characteristic of Pains and Pleasures is that they are unmistakably real, and therefore, as far as they go, give the man who feels them a touchstone of reality. Thus if you had been trying to damn your man by the Romantic method…you would try to protect him at all costs from any real pain; because, of course, five minutes’ genuine toothache would reveal the romantic sorrows for the nonsense they were and unmask your whole stratagem.

C.S Lewis Screwtape 13

I’ve always been a big fan of history and thus a political junkie. I watched the Watergate hearings as a kid and if you go in my den today you will find an old VCR tape of the first Reagan Mondale debate that I recorded because I thought it was a big deal to have it.

The fact that I’m still here blogging after losing my domain, a huge drop in traffic and the loss of my youtube channel shows that I’m not likely to stop caring about these things anytime soon. I think politics are important and relevant and that having good people doing public service is vital because as John Adams noted it Nor do I disagree with the assessment of Mr. Fournier on this site that things in Massachusetts are about to take a major turn for the worse.

However I must confess that on Tuesday when I left work sick I went home and didn’t even turn on a TV Radio or computer I simply tired to sleep and failing in a series of sweats and chills. On Wednesday I saw the docs at my providers urgent care location, was prescribed medication managed to pick it up by 4 pm and again tried to sleep or at least rest. I had no appetite at all and when I tried to force myself to eat a bagel with a microwaved breakfast sausage at 4 the next morning I could only manage two bites.

I spent the majority of yesterday in bed, pausing only to send a few necessary emails and pay a few bills. I only briefly looked at the news site and slightly altered a scheduled post I had written on Sunday but planned for Wednesday to reflect the results rather then the expected wave. I did manage to eat a cheeseburger last night around 7 pm but was completely unable to record my radio show this week for WQPH and right now the only reason why I am typing this at 4 AM because I woke in a fit of coughing about an hour ago and have been unable despite my best efforts to fall back asleep

All of this comes in the aftermath of Pneumonia from two weeks ago which came in the aftermath of COVID two weeks before that. In terms of sheer personal misery there have only been two months this century that can rival this one.

In short while all those things I write about are important and while I have no delusions of what is coming to my home state and city I find it very difficult to worry about any of those things when I can’t sleep, can’t eat, can’t work and spend my spare time coughing up various shades of green to the point where my gut bruises.

This proves that in one respect the six fingered man from the Princess Bride was absolutely correct when he said this to Prince Humperdinck

It’s all a matter of perspective.

On the plus side if it was 100 years or more ago I’d likely already be dead.