October 12, 2008


I've lost a handful of friends this fall, due to:

1) my own ADD + someone else's jealousy/control issues;

2) politics + the other person's Asperger's syndrome/suppressed rage;

3) politics + someone else's jealousy;

4) politics + mutual depression/hypersensitivity;

5) politics + the other person's suppressed rage about things that have nothing to do with me;

6) my drinking;

7) politics + the other person's perception that I'm high-drama. Where that idea came from, I have no clue.

If I could just find a way to lose three more relationships, I'd have a strike. Let's see . . . my mother . . . her dog . . . one more relationship down, and I win.

I can't find my Prozac, and it's been a week or so. But I'm too depressed to look for it. Besides: if I slow down the rate at which I'm alienating the human race, that lowers my hermit-score, and I'm working hard on this project.


Posted by Attila Girl at October 12, 2008 12:09 PM | TrackBack

I love you Joy!!! You are stuck with me as a friend.

Posted by: Greta Perry at October 12, 2008 12:20 PM

Damn, wish I could help, but... well, I kinda like you for your politics, your drama and most especially your drinking. Sorry. Try Hackbarth or something. Good luck!


Posted by: RightGirl at October 12, 2008 12:41 PM

I was thinking of "something," but the electricity bill is already too high.

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 12, 2008 01:04 PM

Hermits don't have blogs.

Posted by: WhoStruckJohn at October 12, 2008 02:36 PM

Try prayer before anything involving toasters, electricity, gin, or any of the usual suspects. It's been known to work.

Posted by: Darrell at October 12, 2008 02:47 PM

I tried, but it sounded like the line was busy. I'll try again once tonight. He has to be Home at some point, right? And, yes: confession this week. And if I can't get the connection going via the Roman Catholic line, I'll go back to the Methodists for a while, or try the Anglicans. It most certainly cannot get worse than this. (I mean, it could, but . . . you know.)

I don't have a toaster. (And, just to set your mind at ease, the allusion above was to a plug-in vibrator; I'm not suicidal--and if I were I'd still be too contrary to give in to a thing like that. I wouldn't let It win.)

No gin. Not when I'm like this. I might go to bed early, though. How early is too early? I was thinking I would let myself go to bed around 8:00, if I'm still this miserable. (And, yes: Ambien is permitted. Not more than 125% of my normal dose, though. And then I can read, or do my counting-myself-to-sleep routine, or whatever . . .)

Usually, I try to read when I'm like this, but I can't even seem to do that. Perhaps there's something around here that I've read 25 million times that will comfort me and bore me vaguely at the same time. Magazines like Women's Day used to be really good for nights like this.

Look at it this way: it's like not owning stocks right now. Being emotionally broke is like being financially broke: the expectations are low. Anything I accomplish tonight is a victory.

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 12, 2008 04:30 PM

I never thought suicidal. But one in four detectives do see something fishy with toaster-in-tubs accidents. Especially with a 4-ga extention cord and a nickel in the fuse box.

You have been in my prayers for years now. The connection is fine whether you use AT&T, Sprint, or Skype. Charges just vary. It's all taking place in you any way. And I always feel that everything I do is a victory--even waking up.

Posted by: Darrell at October 12, 2008 06:25 PM

Wow, you have a plug-in? and yet you're miserable? Fuck, is there any hope for the rest of us???


Posted by: RightGirl at October 12, 2008 07:13 PM

Orgasms aren't everything . . . they're just way ahead of most other things.

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 12, 2008 07:40 PM

Thank you, Darrell. It's nice to know that there's someone else out there who cares.

I'm not sure why life is so difficult, and certainly there are those who have tangible reasons for finding it so difficult to negotiate the path of life.

Others of us are simply Not Talented at the Life Thing. And we ought to count our blessings. And then pray. And then go to bed.

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 12, 2008 07:43 PM

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