qi gong thoughts

©2022 Michael Raven

I weary of pain; it is an unwelcome and constant guest in my life. Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation from other sources, a messed up shoulder (currently), residuals from three major car accidents (totaled vehicles) that I was found “not at fault” for their cause:

  • A distracted teen on their phone who T-boned me on the driver’s side.
  • An accordion accident when someone cut in front of a car in construction, causing the person in front of me to slam on their brakes. I stopped, but the car behind me was not paying attention.
  • A head-on collision by someone under the influence with expired plates and dubious ownership of a car reported destroyed/junked in official records. He skipped the scene. Huh.

And that doesn’t even begin to cover the not-major accidents caused by other drivers.

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Feeling a little Bradbury

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Feeling rather Bradbury with a sudden urge to read all of his macabre (rather than his scifi) all over again.

I get these urges for authors every once in a while. Most of the time it is Heinlein, Salinger, Lovecraft (and kindred) or Kafka; occasionally Poe or Doyle.

Something Wicked This Way Comes has probably always been my favorite, but he’s got a few other collections of macabre that I’m itching to recall. It’s probably because I think of his writing while reviewing this ARC I’m reading. It’s the overall feeling of what the compilation is trying to get at (I think), rather than the actual contents. It’s the first thing that came to mind while thinking about what I was reading. And now I am obsessing about Bradbury’s macabre shorts in my head.

God’s Turban and Tutu! What the Bug Snot?

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Amazon… pulled their collective heads out of their rectum? WTAF?

After nearly a month of being oblivious, Amazon decided they wanted to make some money on me after all!

Galdr is the correct price for at least the next five minutes. Use your Prime to buy one pronto before they realize they corrected their mistake and switch it to some idiotic price $4 more than literally any other vendor.

Waiting for a Hero

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Well, I got it into my head that I wanted to get a hobby that forced me outdoors more and to pick up a new skill that I always wanted, so I ended up buying a GoPro Hero10 last night direct from GoPro. I wouldn’t have normally bought a $500+ device like that, but the official store brought it to a more reasonable $350, inclusive of a subscription to their media storage and photo tools site (with extended no-questions warranty and GoPro-store discounts). Plus, although I didn’t know it at the time, I snagged an extra 10% off by giving up my email address (which I had to do anyway by making a purchase) and was below even that, including a spare battery I picked up.

“But Michael, don’t you have enough going on? And why a rugged sports action camera instead of a more sensible and professional DSLR camera?”

Well…

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