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no dude, really. [Apr. 8th, 2010|10:22 pm]
Lipovitan J

1. what soothes you during your Times of Trouble?

2. how alienated do you generally feel, from what and from whom?

3. but how are things, really?

1. when troubled my mind tursn to thoughts of religion, in this case it was the chuangtzu but it is often the book of ecclesiastes or the tao teh ching or the waste land. i got feelings about stuff. even a Mustang's Organ Freakout style set of feelings about things can't withstand the fairly basic instructions for existing put forth in these things. there is like this two page verse part of the chuang tzu that is actually basically the operating instructions for the time being. sometimes i forget about this shit and then it's there when i need it, which makes me happy. it is like there is a secret rock that i can grasp when i feel the world is bereft of rocks for grasping.

2. (as a general freak) society, constantly, hilariously. i don't feel alienated by my coworkers even though we get up to some different shit off the job because i like my job and what comes with it. it's weird that we are kind of invisible people, though, despite being one of those groups that politics dudes never shut up about. i feel increasingly alienated from people i previously thought i was "part of", Internet People with lib arts majors or whatever, the kind of people on metafilter, that kind of shit. they are up to some shit i have no idea about and i am busy doing things that mostly don't cross their minds in order for them to continue enjoying their lifestyle. which gives me pangs of something when i sit down to eat a breakfast at some dorky bougie place on the weekend because i am like, how fucking frivolous can you be, o you frivolous people, but then i think about how i am probably compensated more handsomely than they and am less alienated from the fruits of my labors, and i do not understand the world and my part in it. which is why i gotta read the above books sometimes, because this shit is really confusing.

3. things are amazing. i am working hard doing things that i find important and learning my ass off and lucky in love and feeling okay if super tired, busy as fuck, moving house because i made dumb housing decisions but instead of wallowing in them i am just shutting up and moving, even drawing some funny pictures and riding a bicycle every now and then. i'm pretty happy. i hope all you guys out there are, too. i'm sorry there hasn't been much question time but i am barely in front of a computer with questions and time. i think about you goofballs a lot, all of you, and extend an invitation to correspond with me more directly via the electronic mails if it strikes your fancy. the mailbox is robotacitus at gmail and the turnaround is approximately three days.

eyeteeth i have not forgotten about walter freeman head, either. so there!

yeah! i'm curious! how are you guys!


[User Picture]From: bikinikiller
2010-04-09 08:26 am (UTC)
1) you're gonna laugh, but when things are troubled i just read fantasy novels... right now it's the Harry Potter series, sometimes it's Watership Down, you know, stuff that never changes.

2) i dunno. i don't feel too alienated lately, i have this pretty fantastic (if not well paying) new job with a kids' theater company and they keep me feeling in touch.

3) my boyfriend broke up with me today, at lunch, which totally threw things off because i had no idea it was coming. so i am sad. but normally i am pretty okay, frustrated with my real job but really enjoying my fake one and hoping that someday i can make jobs like my fake one into real ones.
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[User Picture]From: capn_jil
2010-04-11 02:35 am (UTC)
1. nothin laughy about that, light reading is a good thing for the brain like brain lube. i like terry pratchet for htatp urpose myself

2. YES

3. WHAT (re: byfrnd). hang in there with your jobs man, i promise it maybe will be okay one day.
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From: noahbrand
2010-04-09 10:30 am (UTC)
1. Scotch. At least that's what's doing it now.

2. Complicated question, and one I'm too exhausted to answer right now.

3. My mother is dying, quite soon, and I'm unemployed. Hence the scotch from question 1.
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[User Picture]From: capn_jil
2010-04-11 02:35 am (UTC)
3. oh jesus, guy. take care of yourself. and yours. that sucks so much.
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[User Picture]From: _fluffy
2010-04-09 03:11 pm (UTC)
1. Music, caffeine, and thinking about how awesome the universe is and how trivial and unimportant whatever my problems are in comparison

2. I don't spend a lot of time in society, really. I just stick to my job and a core group of friends and for the most part I feel like I fit in pretty well. I need to be with someone I know to feel like I belong though. I hate going to parties with a lot of people I don't know, and don't go to concerts alone.

3. Pretty decent. Work's going pretty well for me, I just bought a car a week ago so it's easier for me to go places on the weekend, and people are finally starting to read my comics and (importantly) recommend them to other people. Oh and I've started riding my bike to work again.
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[User Picture]From: daphaknee
2010-04-09 04:16 pm (UTC)
1. what soothes you during your Times of Trouble?
cat petting, song making, replayin really boring games from my childhood, comcis

2. how alienated do you generally feel, from what and from whom?
people my age when it comes to music, i feel like i only listen to old people music
everyone on the internet
artists because i always celebritize them

3. but how are things, really?
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From: brothersterno
2010-04-09 07:53 pm (UTC)
1) exercise. I think about things more clearly when I'm moving.

2) right now, pretty alienated. I'm working my ass off at school, and all I want is some point83 style jackassery with good acquaintances, and I've had a hell of a time finding that in PDX. It really is as Kori says: people ride their bikes with their friends in PDX, in SEA people have bike friends and regular friends. Only I want some bike friends cuz my regular friends just sit around and don't ever do anything.

3) Pretty OK.
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[User Picture]From: novabird
2010-04-09 08:10 pm (UTC)
1. what soothes you during your Times of Trouble?
making things, reading books, riding bikes + booze (pref. bikes/booze intermingling). on my most-recent TIME OF TROUBLEDNESS-EST-EST-EST, i cancelled everything and rode with the dead babies for the first time. turns out bike-church + some shitty beer + whiskey in jar solves just about everything.

i have re-read Jeanette Winterson's 'Written on the Body' so many times now that it is my most holy text, i think, but i particularly read it when i am suffering the sorrow of broken offbeat heart.

knitting, especially, as far as the making goes--it reminds me that i can at least still do SOMETHING right, and be productive, etc.

2. how alienated do you generally feel, from what and from whom?

i feel pretty alienated from uh...well, most things/people. even people that i am friends with. that whole 'no man is an island' thing is crap. i'm an isthmus. hell, i wrote a pome bout it once. i feel particularly alienated from pop culture (i.e. consumerism and apathy), because i care a LOT. about a lot of things/people. i am just oh, you know THAT FUCKING WAY. but even amongst the peeps who are supposed to be 'my people' i feel strangely alienated and weird, like my pants aren't radical enough for me to be all radical with them or something.

3. but how are things, really?

mostly good. last week was shitty, this week is much better. i am too busy, very excited about the work i'm doing in multiple regards (well, except for my jobfront), and i am, like you, pretty lucky in love. i'm tired of being in pain, tho. my body is a giant pain a lot lately, it feels like one pain goes only to have another set in, from me falling off my bike to just the general joints-swelling/nerve-pain that's been growing since my mid-teens. ah well. i have discovered that sleeping more helps--i just don't have time to do the stuff i feel like i 'should' be, and sleep lots at the same time. what if you could be happy and productive but you had to be in pain all the time in order to do it? that is what i am trying to sort thru.
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[User Picture]From: mercyorbemoaned
2010-04-09 08:16 pm (UTC)
1. Nothing. I am beyond soothing. I am an enlightened machine.

2. My husband, American parenting culture, nearly everyone I interact with over the age of 8.

3. How are things? I am an enlightened machine, things are how I MAKE THEM BE.

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[User Picture]From: anastasis
2010-04-09 08:44 pm (UTC)
1. Music! Alcohol! God! I wish it wasn't in that order.
2. I am ALIENATION CENTRAL. I am alienated from most other Christians because they think things like swearing and drinking and laughing at Star Trek porn videos are A BIG DEAL and also inappropriate! Also from most Internet people because our values are so different! And from everyone in the military because everyone has babies and believes in America! And from trendies that don't like America, because those people are generally very dull!
3. Things good! This morning I found out roadrunners are a REAL THING. I had no idea.
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[User Picture]From: rabid_bookwyrm
2010-04-09 11:52 pm (UTC)
1. Routine, but it makes moving forward very difficult.

2. These days, a lot and from most people. I have shed all of my very close friends one way or another, and I haven't successfully built new ones yet. I don't like it.

3. Last night I dreamed that my brother had died a few months ago and when I woke up I had to recall that there had been no service to know it was not true. The night before that, I dreamed about Lindsay for the first time. Things are perhaps not so great.
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From: gwr_gwir
2010-04-10 01:48 am (UTC)
1. meditations (blade or energy primarily), blades, and Fire.
2. the better part of society on a fairly constant basis
3. slowly getting better. was shitty for a good month and a half.
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[User Picture]From: spoonfighter
2010-04-10 01:59 am (UTC)
1 Running and alcohol, just not at the same time.
2 Anyone who doesn't want to be my friend is an idiot.
3 great just great
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